Lash Lice Is A Real Thing And Becoming More Common In Eyelash Extensions, Warn Doctors

Ben PulsfordBen Pulsford in News, Weird, World
Published 16.11.19

Eyelash lice is a real thing and becoming more common in eyelash extensions, warn doctors

Please don’t make me write about this *shudders*


This story makes we to rip off my own eyebrows and spend the rest of the year wearing airtight safety goggles.

If you’re one of those people who gets creeped out by anything eye-related, be warned, this story lies somewhere between watching someone remove their contact lenses and watching The Human Centipede for the first time. Grossness ahead.

Rise in lash lice in eye lash extensions, say optometrists

Over the years eyelash extensions have become as much a staple of a beauty regime as getting your nails and brows done. There’s definitely a tick sheet for the face these days, and a strong set of dark, fierce eyelash extensions is definitely up for some. I mean, why live a life of panda eyes and endless smudging when you can wake up batting your eyelids like Ariana every morning?


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Eyelash Extension Procedure.

Lice. That’s why. F*cking lash lice.

According to recent reports (originally reported by ABC7), optometrists have been reporting a rise in a medical condition known as Demodex – also known as lash lice. Optometrists are encouraging those who have eyelash extensions to make sure they are cleaning them regularly to avoid bacteria building up; the common cause of Demodex.

Demodex can also cause itchiness, redness and inflammation

It makes sense really – there’s more of a playground for the lice to play in with eyelash extensions and more room for things to get dirty. As with lice found in hair, these little b*stards live on the oily hair follicle and can jump from person to person through close contact. Common symptoms can also include include itchiness, redness and inflammation, which could actually all end up causing more serious health issues that just contracting lice. I say ‘just’…


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Dr. Sairah Malik told ABC7:

“Generally the idea when you have eyelash extensions is that people are afraid to kind of touch them or wash them because they’re afraid the eyelash will fall out.”

No. No. No.

“We recommend tea tree base cleanser. Any cleanser that has a diluted form of tea tree, and it is a good idea to use on a daily basis.”

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Why I didn’t want to write this story

I actually vividly remember a week at primary school when virtually my entire class had head lice. All the boys in my class thought it was the coolest thing and despite being told not to, spent almost an entire lunch break rubbing heads and actually chucking bits from their hair at each other in hysterics. Boys are grim. Thank God, I was a civilised, immaculately presented junior gay boy who kept himself far, far from the straight battlefield.


Unfortunately, that meant I was deeply disturbed by the prospect of tiny bugs roaming around my H from Steps inspired hair, laying eggs and sucking my blood. Bleurgh. It’s actually making my skin crawl thinking about it – pun intended.

The thought of lice in the eyes makes me want to rip off my skin all together. This story has truly shaken me.

Stick to mascara, hons; a bit of a smudge over bloodsucking, egg-laying flying bugs any day, if you ask me. 

Images via ABC13-Samica Knight and Getty