Friday, February 21, 2014

What Causes & How To Prevent Styes

Recently I had a client who experienced  a stye in her eye.  She is a client that regularly has eyelash extensions done as well as uses Latisse to enhance her eyelashes. The event of the stye occurrence was very alarming to me as her skin care professional making me want to further educate myself, readers and client about this phenomenon.

What I found out was that styes in general are pretty common and they are typically contracted by the staphylococcal bacteria that naturally lives on the skin, in the mucus in the nasal cavity and the throat.  What causes a stye is a oil gland that becomes clogged by dead skin cells and other debris.
When a person wares eyelash extensions it is very important that they practice good hygiene, because the glue that encases the natural lash and the synthetic  lash is very porous and if not kept clean can trap dirt and bacteria making the occurrence of a stye more likely.  Washing your eyes with a non-fibrous 4x4 and a solution of baby shampoo mixed with warm water is a great way to keep the eye area clean and healthy while not disturbing the bond between the extension and the eyelashes.

The other causes of styes can be stress.  According to Troy Bedinghaus, O.D. ‘During times of stress, our bodies excrete certain chemicals and hormones that may play a role in developing styes.” The other most common contributor to contracting styes is eyelash enhancers such as Latisse according to

The bottom line is make sure that your eyelash extension professional is knowledgeable, certified and is experienced in applying extensions.  It is also very important that your hygiene and the hygiene of the salon  is clean and safe.