Eyelash enhancements can be risky

Consumer Reports warns of eyelash trend dangers

Author: Marilyn Moritz, Reporter, mmoritz@ksat.com
Published On: May 07 2013 05:57:01 PM CDT   Updated On: May 07 2013 05:57:39 PM CDT
Eyelash Problems

Pop star Adele has them. So does rapper Nicki Minaj. But Consumer Reports warns some trendy eyelash enhancements come with a risk.

"False eyelashes can trap dirt and bacteria, creating irritation and infection," said Consumer Reports Medical Adviser Dr. Orly Avitzur.

Singer Vanessa Racioppo wanted her eyes to pop for her new CD cover. She tried fake eyelashes, but they made her miserable.  She said her eyelids ached, and the lashes were difficult to remove.

"I had to like soak my eye and pull really hard," she said. "Then, I kind of pulled some of my eyelashes out. There was irritation."

Actress Kristin Chenoweth, who wore sunglasses when she appeared on David Letterman, had swollen eyelids after using eyelash extensions.  With those, single fibers are glued to the real lashes.

"The risks of eyelash extensions are not only an allergic reaction to the glue, but erosion of the inner surface of the eyelids," Avitzur said.

They can also cause permanent damage to natural lashes, according to Avitzur.

There's another trend involving  weaving tiny glass beads onto wire and gluing them to eyelids.

"It doesn't take an expert to see trouble coming wiht sharp objects placed so close to the eye," Avitzur said.

Your best and safest bet, according to Consumer Reports, is good old-fashioned mascara. And that should be replaced every few months because it can harbor bacteria.

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