My eyelashes hurt at the root

A. Why Do My Eyelashes Hurt?

It’s hard to describe the feeling of catching your reflection in a shop window and seeing some absolutely beautiful lashes staring at you. Wait, no it’s not – it’s awesome. But if the killer gaze causes pain, something is wrong.

Here at Silly George, we believe the journey to longer lashes should bring nothing but joy. That’s why we’ve put together the best information to help you understand the things that can make you uncomfortable and the easy ways to avoid them.

1. What hurts my eyelashes?

Many different things can cause eyelash pain, but the first thing you need to know is that the pain is actually coming from the area around the eyelashes and not the eyelashes themselves. You see, our eyelashes are mostly filled with protein and don’t contain nerve fibers, but the roots of our eyelashes and the skin around them have plenty of it. If something is making that area unhappy, it can feel like the real whip hurts.

2. Ingrown eyelashes

When a dodgy eyelash decides to grow inward instead of outward, it’s called an ingrown eyelash. Ingrown eyelashes can scratch the eye or inner eyelid and cause discomfort.

Solution: An ophthalmologist can only remove an ingrown eyelash with tweezers.

3. Eyelid inflammation

Inflammation can occur when bacteria build up on the eyelid or when the oil glands in the skin become clogged. When this happens, it causes redness, itching, dryness, and sometimes even tears in the eyes. The medical term for this is “blepharitis”.

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Solution: It’s easy to keep problem bacteria at bay and pores clean by washing your face daily with a mild cleanser and removing makeup before going to bed. If you think your eyelid is already infected, don’t worry: regular cleaning will help it heal quickly.

4. Barn

A stye is a small, painful lump on the eyelid or around the eye. They are fairly common and go away after a week or two. During this time, the skin around the stye may be swollen and red, and the stye itself may contain pus.

Solution: Do not try to squeeze or squeeze the stye as this can spread the infection. Instead, you can reduce the swelling and help the stye heal by soaking a clean washcloth in warm water and placing it over your eye for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat this 3-4 times a day until the stye disappears.

5. Eyelash extensions

The glue used to attach eyelash extensions can sometimes irritate the skin, causing redness or inflammation. Also, bad application can clump some of your natural lashes together, making them look like someone is constantly tugging on them. This can also happen if the extensions are too long or too heavy, weighing down the lashes and pulling at the root.

Solution: Removing extensions is easy, but we recommend doing it in a salon rather than trying it at home.

6. Mascara

Don’t badmouth mascara! We know it might sound sacrilegious, but mascara can sometimes be uncomfortable if your skin is sensitive or allergic to some of the chemicals it contains.

Solution: Look for masks labeled “sensitive” or “hypoallergenic,” or labels that say they’re free of harmful chemicals. your best bet? Try our Heart Eyes Mascara, which we’re proud to say is free of all those annoying sulfates and parabens.

7. Sera

Growth serums are a fantastic way to encourage natural eyelash growth. But much like mascara, some of the products on the market may not be gentle on your skin. Everyone is different, but if you notice your eyelids becoming irritated or red, it is best to stop using the product for a few weeks to see if it is causing the problem.

Solution: Nothing should come between you and longer lashes. So if you’ve had serum irritation in the past, you don’t have to give it up entirely. It’s all about finding what’s right for you.

We make sure everything we do is safe for even the most sensitive skin, which is why our eyelash growth serum is made with 100% vegan ingredients and is guaranteed free from toxins, sulfates and parabens. Most importantly, it’s dermatologically tested and approved, meaning you’ll get all the amazing benefits like faster growth.


B. What Causes Eyelash Pain?

Eyelash pain has many possible causes. However, the pain comes from under and around the lashes, not from the lashes themselves. Your lashes cannot feel pain. That’s because they’re made from dead cells, which are mostly made up of keratin. Nerve signals do not travel through these cells. Instead, the base of each eyelash is covered by nerve fibers. When these nerves feel pain, it can feel like your real lashes are hurting.

1. What can give the impression of eyelash pain?

Many conditions can cause eyelash pain, so it’s important to pay attention to your other symptoms. Possible causes are:

a. Ingrown eyelashes

A common cause is ingrown eyelashes or trichiasis. The eyelashes grow towards the eye and rub against the eye and inner eyelid.

This can cause irritation and pain, along with:

  1. Redness
  2. Tear
  3. Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  4. Feeling like something is in your eye

b. Blepharitis

Blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelids, is another common reason for eyelash pain.

Symptoms include:

  1. Redness
  2. Itch
  3. Combustion
  4. Teary eyes
  5. Foam in the eye
  6. Dryness
  7. Sensitivity to light
  8. Crusted eyelids or eyelashes

Typically, blepharitis occurs when bacteria spread to the skin near the eyelashes. It can also happen when the oil glands in the eyelids are clogged.

c. Barn

A stye is a red bump on the edge of the eyelid. It usually contains pus, so it can look like a pimple or ulcer.

Styes are painful, so your lashes will likely hurt. Other symptoms are:

  1. Swelling
  2. Teary eyes
  3. Redness

d. Eyelash mites

Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis are two types of mites that can live on human skin. People who have large amounts of these mites on their skin can be diagnosed with a condition called demodicosis. Demodex mites can infest follicles anywhere on the body, including the outer ears and chest. They are usually found on the face, including the eyelashes.

Eyelash mites can cause eye irritation, along with:

  1. Eyelash scales
  2. Scab
  3. Teary eyes
  4. Itch
  5. Combustion
  6. Feeling like something is in your eye
  7. Blurred vision
  8. Chronic blepharitis

e. Entropion

Entropion occurs when your eyelid bends inward. This causes your eyelashes to rub against your eye, causing eye irritation.

You may experience eye and eyelash pain, along with:

  1. Redness
  2. Sensitivity to light and wind
  3. Feeling like something is in your eye
  4. Teary eyes
  5. Rough eyelids
  6. Mucus discharge

f. Eyelash lice

When pubic lice (Phthirus pubis) live and feed on the eyelashes, it is called phthyriasis ciliaris. Head lice are tiny, crab-like parasites that attach themselves to hair. This condition is rare, but it can happen if you touch hair with pubic lice and then touch your eyelashes.

Eyelash lice are usually itchy, which can cause your eyelashes to hurt. Other possible symptoms are:

  1. Combustion
  2. Swelling
  3. Redness
  4. Hardness
  5. Brown or black spots along the eyelashes

g. Eyelash ptosis

In eyelash ptosis, the eyelashes of the upper eyelid curve downward. The eyelashes touch the surface of the eye, causing irritation. The condition can also affect your lower eyelid. In this case, the eyelashes curl up and brush your eye. This is called lower eyelid ptosis.

Irritation can be painful. Other symptoms are:

  1. Redness
  2. Feeling like something is in your eye
  3. Drooping eyelids
  4. Mucus discharge

h. Distichiasis

Distichiasis, or double lashes, is a rare condition characterized by two rows of lashes. It is often caused by a genetic mutation but can also be caused by trauma or inflammation.

Extra lashes irritate the eye, which can feel like lash pain. You can also have:

  1. Drooping eyelids (ptosis)
  2. Pigsty
  3. Conjunctivitis
  4. Sensitivity to light

2. Why do my eyelash extensions hurt?

Eyelash extensions are artificial eyelashes that are glued onto the base of real eyelashes. Extensions can make your lashes look fuller and longer. But the glue used can hurt your lashes. Contains ammonia and latex which may cause contact dermatitis or blepharitis.

This can lead to eyelid or eye pain, along with:

  1. Combustion
  2. Dry eyes
  3. Redness
  4. Swelling of the eyelid
  5. Itch

See a doctor if your eyelash extensions hurt. Consider switching to eyeliner and magnetic lashes. It is important to treat these symptoms to avoid more serious complications.

3. Why do my eyelashes hurt when I wear mascara?

Mascara, like other eye makeup, contains a mix of chemicals. These chemicals are considered safe for the eyes, however it is possible to be allergic or sensitive to certain ingredients. Eyelash pain may occur if you have an allergic or allergic reaction. Stop using the product immediately. Consider using mascara for sensitive eyes. It can be called a “hypoallergenic” mascara.

4. Why do my eyelashes hurt until I take them out?

You have hair follicles all over your body, including your eyelid. The base of each follicle is wrapped with nerve endings that interpret various sensations. By removing the eyelash, you remove that nerve input. When you pull on an eyelash, the nerve fibers in the follicle interpret the sensation as pain. In addition, the eyelid is very sensitive. It can hurt more to pluck eyelashes than other hair.

5. Treat the underlying cause

The best treatment depends on the underlying cause. Possible treatments include:

a. Remove eyelashes

If you have ingrown eyelashes, an eye doctor can remove them with tweezers. This can be done in your office.

b. Antibiotics

Antibiotics are used to treat styes or blepharitis caused by a bacterial infection.

Prescription antibiotics can be prescribed as:

  1. Eye drop
  2. Ointment
  3. Pills
  4. Permethrin

Permethrin is a drug used to treat mites and lice. A doctor can prescribe how to:

  1. Ointment
  2. Cream
  3. Shampoo

c. Tea tree oil

Diluted tea tree oil is sometimes used to kill eyelash mites. But tea tree oil can irritate your eyes, so see a doctor first. They can recommend the best method for you or offer you a specific product.

d. Eye drop

Steroid eye drops minimize redness and swelling. A doctor can prescribe this drug. Artificial tears, which are available over the counter, can be used to treat dry eyes.

g. Surgery

If eyelash pain is due to structural issues, you may need surgery. Possible procedures are:

  1. Eyelid surgery. If your eyelid is in an abnormal position, a surgeon can put it back in place.
  2. Ablation surgery. A surgeon uses lasers or radio frequencies to remove ingrown or extra eyelashes. You can also use the method to redirect ingrown hairs.
  3. Electrolysis. Electrolysis uses electricity to remove extra lashes.
  4. Cryosurgery. During cryosurgery, excess eyelashes are removed by freezing.
  5. Remove stye. During this procedure, a doctor drains the pus from the stye.

6. Prevent eyelash pain

To avoid conditions that cause eyelash pain, follow these lifestyle practices:

  1. Remove scabs on your eyelids every day. Use mild soap and water.
  2. Wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Avoid using them when your eyes are already irritated.
  3. Use hypoallergenic eye makeup. If a product causes irritation, stop using it.
  4. Never share your eye makeup with other people.
  5. Throw away eye makeup after 3 months.
  6. Wash off your makeup before bed.
  7. Use artificial tears to reduce dry eyes and irritation.
  8. Limit or avoid using eyelash extensions.

7. When to the doctor

If eyelash pain persists, see a doctor. You should also seek medical help if you:

  1. Eye pain
  2. Vision changes
  3. Increased redness
  4. Persistent swelling
  5. Difficulty opening your eyes

8. Summary

Eyelash pain is often due to ingrown eyelashes or eyelid inflammation. Eye makeup, allergies, and injuries can cause irritation. In some cases, the pain may be related to eyelid or eyelash growth problems. See a doctor if your eyelash pain doesn’t go away. This is especially important if you have eye pain or blurred vision.

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