How to remove ingrown eyelashes

💉 Ingrown eyelashes: causes, treatment, and more

What is an ingrown eyelash?

When the eyelash grows inward instead of outward, it is known as an ingrown eyelash. As it grows, it can irritate the eyes and eyelids. Ingrown eyelashes are more common in adults and can appear on either the upper or lower eyelid.

An ingrown eyelash can be the result of inflammation, trauma, or a problem with the eyelid. Over-the-counter agents can treat symptoms such as pain and irritation. Ultimately, you need to remove the eyelashes to avoid future problems.


Symptoms and causes

Symptoms and causes

You may notice signs of an ingrown eyelash when the area around the eye becomes red and sore. You may also have blurred vision (due to irritation) or watery eyes.

Certain eye conditions can also contribute to ingrown eyelashes:

Ingrown eyelashes vs. stye Ingrown eyelashes and stye can both cause pain and redness. A pigsty is a bladder filled with pus. It usually appears on the outside of the eyelid.
  • Blepharitis: occurs when the edge of the eyelids becomes inflamed.
  • Distichiasis: An extra row of eyelashes grow closer to the eye than normal, which rubs against the eye and causes irritation.
  • Trichiasis: The entire eyelid is turned inwards and the eyelashes rub against the eyeball. If trichiasis persists, it can cause scarring and damage to the cornea. This is typically a secondary effect of inflammation.


Treatment of an ingrown eyelash

Children can get ingrown eyelashes, although they are more common in adults. Treatment is similar for both groups. You can treat symptoms such as pain, redness, and irritation with eye drops and ointments. These products are available by prescription or over the counter.

Home remedies include warm compresses or soothing ointments. To make a warm compress, first take a clean cloth and soak it with warm or hot water. Then apply to the irritated area for up to 10 minutes.

Natural fixations can also provide relief and can include:

  • Aloe vera
  • Coconut oil
  • honey
  • cucumber

You can apply a small amount of aloe vera or coconut oil to the eyelid to help soothe it. Honey can be stirred with warm water and dabbed on with a cloth. You can cut the cucumber and cool the slices before placing them over your eyes.

These home treatments won't get rid of your ingrown eyelashes, but they can help with the discomfort and irritation.

If your condition is severe or repeated, you may need surgery.


Eyelash removal

Remove ingrown eyelashes

It is safe to remove an ingrown eyelash. In fact, eyelash removal is necessary to relieve the pressure and eliminate the problem.

You can pluck your eyelashes yourself or have someone else do it for you. Another person may be able to see the whip better. The eyelash will likely grow back and could be even more annoying when it does. To avoid future problems, you will likely need to seek help and a permanent solution from an ophthalmologist.

When removing the eyelashes, the doctor will grab the eyelashes with tweezers or tweezers and tear them out. You may need eye drops to help with the discomfort as your eye is healing.

Doctors can also help you with eyelid surgery or radiosurgery. In radiosurgery, a doctor uses radio waves to inject a current into the root of the eyelash. This will get rid of the eyelashes and should help a recurring condition.

Other treatments include cryosurgery, in which the follicles or eyelashes are frozen and removed, and electrolysis, in which the hair is electrically removed.

Some treatments can be more painful or have a longer recovery period than others.

Further information: Cryosurgery »



The bottom line

Ingrown eyelashes can cause pain and irritation, and they are a common problem. You can treat symptoms with a variety of home remedies and over-the-counter eye products.

However, if you want to get rid of potential problems or a more permanent solution, you need to see a doctor. An eye doctor or ophthalmologist can help you choose the best plan of action for your condition.

You should see a doctor or health care provider if irritation worsens or if you are prone to ingrown eyelashes. It is important to identify problems early to avoid long-term damage to your vision or your eye.