Women who wear false eyelashes to increase eyelash volume should make sure they thoroughly remove their eye makeup every day, as failure to do so could lead to various eye problems, the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday.
In addition to mascara and other types of makeup, applying false eyelashes is a popular means for women to increase the length and volume of their eyelashes.
However, the department said that inappropriate use of false eyelashes was a leading cause of eye problems and allergies.
Chiu Pin-chi (邱品齊), head of the department of dermatology at National Taiwan University Hospital’s Yunlin branch, said he had seen many women visit the hospital because they had developed an allergic reaction to the glue used to attach false eyelashes, causing their eyelids to become swollen and experiencing pain or soreness in their eyes.
“Never use glue that is intended for other purposes, such as handicrafts,” he said. “Only glue for cosmetic use, specifically designed to attach false eyelashes, should be used,” he said.
Chiu said that when using new eyelash glue, women should try it out by applying a small amount of the glue to areas around the eyelids before they use it to apply false eyelashes.
If abnormal reactions develop, such as redness or discomfort, use of the eyelash glue should be discontinued altogether.
The ideal place to attach false eyelashes is near the root of natural eyelashes rather than onto real eyelashes, as doing this could cause the loss of real lashes, Chiu said.
Thorough cleaning of the eyelashes with makeup remover is extremely important, Chiu said, as long false eyelashes are prone to collect bacteria, dust and other foreign particles, which can then be transferred to the eyes.
If the condition is serious, the cornea, which covers the front of the eyeball, could be damaged, he said.
When removing false eyelashes, the proper way is to apply eye makeup remover to the eyelashes using cotton pads, then gently remove the false eyelashes.
He also urged women to avoid pulling too hard as this could damage the eyelids, he said.