Why is keeping your client’s lashes hygienic so important?
According to The Review of Ophthalmology, one of the leading causes of Demodex Forrliculorum (eye mites) is improper hygiene.
Once infested, these mites can cause blepharitis. The good news is that they can often be removed by proper hygiene including total body cleansing with shampoo or soap including the eye area. It is also recommended to wash bedding regularly. A lid scrub with tea tree oil has also been found to help resolve the infestation. Instruct your clients to see their physician if needed, but the issue must be cleared before applying any lashes.
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids causing red, irritated, itchy eyelids and the formation of dandruff-like scales on eyelashes. It is a common eye disorder caused by either bacterial or a skin condition such as dandruff of the scalp or acne rosacea.
Stephenson, Michelle. “Blepharitis Diagnosis: Don’t Forget Demodex.” Review of Ophthalmology® Blepharitis Diagnosis: Don’t Forget Demodex. Review of Ophthalmology, 9 June 2012. Web. 08 May 2014.