Why do my eyelashes hurt? - UKLASH

Why do my eyelashes hurt?

Many of us deal with eyelash pain from time to time. But, did you know the pain normally comes from the area beneath your eyelashes? 

Your eyelashes are actually unable to feel pain because they’re made of dead cells consisting mainly of keratin. 

Instead, the base of your lash area is covered in nerves, and when these nerves sense pain, it can truly feel like your eyelashes are hurting. 

Why do my eyelashes hurt? Keep reading to have all your questions answered, along with how to treat eyelash pain at UKLASH

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Many conditions can cause eyelash pain, so it’s important to take note of your other symptoms. Possible causes include:

  • Trauma to the face
  • Vision changes
  • Stye
  • Eye injury 
  • Eye debris 
  • Dry eyes 
  • Cluster headaches

  • The most common and interesting causes of sore eyelashes include:

    Ingrown eyelashes

    A common cause is ingrown eyelashes or trichiasis. The eyelashes grow toward the eye and rub your eye and inner eyelid.

    Symptoms include:

    • redness
    • itchiness
    • burning
    • watery eyes
    • foaming in the eye
    • dryness
    • sensitivity to light
    • crusty eyelids or eyelashes

    Eyelash ptosis

    With eyelash ptosis, the eyelashes on your upper eyelid bend downward. The lashes touch the surface of your eyes, resulting in irritation.

    The condition can also affect your lower eyelid. In this case, the eyelashes bend upward and brush against your eye. This is called lower eyelid lash ptosis.

    The irritation may be painful. Other symptoms include:

    • redness
    • feeling like something is in your eye
    • floppy eyelids
    • mucus discharge


    Distichiasis, or double eyelashes, is a rare condition characterised by two rows of eyelashes. A genetic mutation commonly causes it, but it can also be caused by trauma or inflammation.

    The extra lashes irritate the eye, which might feel like eyelash pain. You may also have:

    • drooping eyelids (ptosis)
    • stye
    • conjunctivitis
    • sensitivity to light

    Ingrown Eyelashes 101: How to avoid 

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    To avoid conditions that cause eyelash pain, follow these lifestyle practices:

    • Remove crusts on your eyelids every day. Use mild soap and water.
    • Wash your hands before handling contact lenses. Avoid wearing them if your eyes are already irritated.
    • Use hypoallergenic eye makeup. If a product causes irritation, stop using it.
    • Never share your eye makeup with other people.
    • Throw away eye makeup after 3 months.
    • Wash off your makeup before going to sleep with an eyelash wash
    • Use artificial tears to reduce dry eyes and irritation.
    • Limit or avoid using eyelash extensions.

    Want to learn how fast eyelashes grow? Check out our article on our UKLASH blog now. 

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