Plucking the eyelashes is important for cosmetic purposes as it makes the makeup application easily done. This way you can get rid of those uncontrolled eyelashes that refuse to be tamed. Knowing that eyelashes take time to re-grow is necessary so that you can avoid unnecessary plucking or over plucking.
Properly Plucking the Eyelashes
First, you need to sterilize the tweezers that you are going to use with alcohol. Clean your eyelids with a tear-free shampoo then dab dry with a clean towel gently. After cleaning the skin, go to a well lit room to pluck so you can see enough the eyelashes you’re going to pluck. The use of a magnifying mirror can help you avoid injuring your eyelid. You can also see and choose the eyelash you want to pluck. Hold the skin tight as you hold the eyelash with the tweezers to prevent injury of the eye in case of slip-up. Pluck the eyelash out of the follicle in a fast motion.
Compulsive Eyelash Plucking
Trichotillomania is a nervous disorder that affects both children and adult which is associated with obsessive compulsive disorder. This condition causes children and adult pull the hair on their head, eyebrows and eyelashes. This is often described as a nervous tic and it is troublesome. The worst is the extent of plucking may lead to bald spots and death of the hair follicle thus making re-growth impossible. A need of psychiatric counseling and medications is required to help with this condition. Antidepressants and antipsychotic medications are prescribed to patients with trichotillomania to lower down overproduction of chemicals in the brain that causes this compulsion.
Dangers of Eyelash Plucking
Eyelashes serve to protect the eyes not only from dust but from other particles that can cause irritation and infections. Plucking out too many eyelashes can lead to greater risk of injury and infection to the eyes and take note that eyelashes grow slower than any of the body hair. Consider using tweezers that are well sterilized and do not use one that are chipped or broken.
Remedies for Over Plucking
In case you have plucked more eyelashes that what you have intended to in a plucking session, there are things you can do to hide it until your eyelashes have grown back. Use fake eyelashes to hide what you did. They are available in many drugstores and beauty supply stores and don’t forget to include an adhesive to secure them to your upper eyelid. Remember to remove them at night using a good adhesive remover as you cannot sleep with fake eyelashes on. This may rip off fake eyelashes and kill hair follicles preventing the natural eyelashes to grow back. In addition, you need to apply petroleum jelly to the eyelids to keep the skin moisturized as this promotes hair growth. Eyeliner can also hide the missing eyelashes by simply sweeping a thin layer to the upper eyelid.
Consult your Physician
If over plucking results to red and irritated eyes or eyelids and if you are already obsessed of plucking your eyelids you may need to visit your doctor. Obsessive plucking can be treated with antidepressants as well as antipsychotic drugs while antibiotics can treat bacterial infection due to plucking. Creams are prescribed to irritated skin.
Plucking is good for cosmetic and aesthetic purposes. However, never over pluck as it may give unwanted results. In addition, bear in mind not to pluck more than one eyelash at a time and always use caution during plucking.