This Woman's Painful Story Is A Reminder To Never Be Lazy With Mascara Removal

This Woman's Painful Story Is A Reminder To Never Be Lazy With Mascara RemovalThis Woman's Painful Story Is A Reminder To Never Be Lazy With Mascara Removal

Because Lynch didn't know how to take off mascara properly, far from what she initially expected, she contracted something more than a stye

If you love wearing waterproof mascara, but don’t spend a few extra minutes removing it properly, chances are you are doing a huge disservice to your eyes. Not knowing how to take off mascara thoroughly can put your life in jeopardy. Case in point is one Australian woman who found out the hard way and contracted a condition that’ll make your stomach churn. 

The 50-year-old Theresa Lynch became a case study after she consulted with a doctor for a stye. During her consultation she shared that she was reportedly experiencing discharge, painful irritation and swelling. She also added that she skimmed through the process of thorough cleaning of her mascara– for over 25 years!

Unfortunately, far from what Lynch initially expected, ophthalmic surgeon Dr. Dana Robaei told her that she contracted something more than a stye. 

Woman Didn’t Know How to Take Off Mascara And Contracted A Severe Eye Problem

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“[The lumps] were embedded so deep that particles were building up on top of each other. I was so uncomfortable. My eyelids were swollen and heavy because I left it for so long,” Theresa told a daily.

Dr Robaei added that each time Lynch blinked, her lumpy eyelids would touch and scratch her eyes, posing a serious threat to her vision. 

This resulted in a 90-minute surgery to remove the black bumps. While the black bumps were gone, it left permanent scarring under her lids. 

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Image courtesy: Cosmopolitan/Caters News Agency

Post her surgery, Lynch spoke to the media and shared, “I had fallen into a bad habit of wearing a lot of makeup and not washing it off. I should never have let it get this far.”

Lynch’s was the first case with such severe complication and comes as a reminder to all of us to learn how to take off mascara and stick to a regular routine. 

How To Keep Your Lashes Clean  

The best way to make sure you don’t suffer from the same issue and Lynch, make sure to do two things on the regular.

1. Keep Your Wand Clean

The first step is to keep your want clean. 

As mentioned in our previous article, apart from using a deep cleansing mascara remover, you should also keep your wand clean. Take out your mascara wand and give it a rinse under warm water. Then scrub any excess mascara on  tissue paper or a makeup wipe and viola!

Ideally, you should do this exercise once every two weeks. What it essentially does is to eliminate any excess buildup of mascara so you have a clean sweep on your lash. Plus, it prevent accumulation of bacteria.

The pro tip is to completely dry the wand before you place it back into the tube.

2. Double Cleanse Your Lashes

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To remove makeup with water cleanser means giving your skin the care and pampering it needs! | Image source: Shutterstock

The second and most important way is to double cleanse your face after every makeup application. As we mentioned earlierfor the first round, wash your face as you would normally. You can use either a light foaming face wash, micellar water or an oil-based makeup remover.

Once you have removed your makeup and your face is clean, it’s time for some deep cleansing with a water-based cleanser. Make sure to massage your cleanser well into the skin so it can remove dirt, grime and any residual makeup.

The temperature of the water you use to cleanse your face during the process matters too. When it is too cold or too hot, it can aggravate the skin. If you have acne, it’s best to rinse with lukewarm water.

If you have oily skin, we recommend the Dr Jart Poremedic Pore Minish Bubble S$32 for 120ml, If you have dry skin, we recommend the Nivea Hydration Super Mousse, S$9.90 for 150ml, available in all leading pharmacies; or FRESH Soy Face Cleansing Milk, S$63,

We recommend KIEHL’S Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil, S$55, Keihls; or the HUMAN NATURE Hydrating Creamy Wash, Php200, Beauty Bar, if you have normal skin. And, Shiseido Waso Waso Quick Gentle Cleanser, S$40 for 150ml,, for sensitive skin. 

This case is proof that if you don’t know how to take off mascara, it’s time you learn all the tricks of trade. 

Also read: How To Take Your Lash Game To The Next Level

(All images courtesy: Pixabay)


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Written by

Deepshikha Punj