Beautician Shows Exactly What Happens When Eyelash Extensions Aren't Cleaned - And It's Pretty Gross
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A beautician has shared a video on TikTok showing what can happen if eyelash extensions are not cleaned properly - and it is shocking to say the least.
Watch the video below:
Eyelash technician and TikToker Ipek Ozcan, who posts using the username ipsbeauty, uploaded the video after her followers asked to see dirty lashes being cleaned.
The clip shows her client's dirty lashes covered in a crusty yellow build-up as Ipek explains the difficulty with cleaning extensions that haven't been properly maintained.
She said: "Here is a video of me cleaning these dirty lashes, well, trying to clean them anyway.
"Once your lashes get to this point of unclean, there is no cleaning. Cleaning will not work!"
Ipek scrubs the lashes but the build-up does not disappear.
"Once your lashes get to this point of unclean, there is no cleaning. Cleaning will not work."
She continued: "I am scrubbing the life out of these lashes and look at all the gunk that is still there. Scrub scrub scrub. It doesn't work.
"These need to be removed and her natural lashes are going to be so damaged its not worth the damage just clean your lashes."
Tyla spoke with consultant oculoplastic and ophthalmic surgeon, Dr Elizabeth Hawkes, about the viral TikTok video.
She said: "If you find your eyelashes have a crusty build-up like this, this could be a sign of blepharitis, or lid margin inflammation. This condition affects the oil secretions to the ocular surface and causes the eye to water."
Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the eyelids and it happens secondary to an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelashes and eyelids, Dr Elizabeth explains.
Symptoms include red eye, burning, sticky eyes, excessive watering, ocular discomfort, light sensitivity and foreign body sensation and can also cause excessive eyelid twitching.
"It's very important to keep lash extensions clean, making sure that bacteria and make-up doesn't become trapped in the lashes," she explains. "I would suggest using Blephex, a medical-grade eyelash cleaning product recommended by eye specialists."
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