Having several natural eyelashes turning white all at once can be scary. The cause for this may be simple although in some cases remains unexplained. If it becomes a source of worry, it is best to seek medical advice.
If you, as a Lash Artist have a regular client who comes to you in this situation, don`t be surprised, as this can actually happen to anyone. It is good to know why eyelashes can turn white so you can explain the possible causes and also reassure your client that this has nothing to do with eyelash extension treatment or products.
A person’s hair and eyelash colour is determined by the amount of melanin present in each hair. Melanin is produced by melanocytes, which is present in hair follicles. When the melanocytes stop functioning properly, the hair often becomes transparent and looks gray or white. This can be caused by aging (as we all sadly know) but also by a certain number medical conditions, such as albinism, vitiligo and blepharitis.
If your client is young and there is no sign of albinism, it is most likely to be vitiligo or blepharitis but it is very important that you don't diagnose yourself!
The melanin from our hair and skin is constantly being broken down and replaced, so it must be replenished by melanocytes.
Melanocytes produce and distribute the correct amount of melanin. When someone has vitiligo, this process gets disrupted. Some researches show that vitiligo can be treated, but it is best for your client to consult a doctor.
Blepharitis is a common eye condition, inflammation of the eyelid, usually where eyelashes grow. The main symptoms are inflamed, irritated, itchy, and reddened eyelids.
A number of diseases and conditions can lead to blepharitis. It can be caused by the oil glands at the base of the eyelashes becoming clogged, or by a bacteria, or by allergies among other reasons.
Being aware of those conditions will come in handy as a Lash Artist but remember to always direct your client to their doctor unless you are medically trained.
Flawless Lashes Team (first published 29th of January 2017)
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