Horrifying Photos Show What Can Happen If You Don’t Remove Your Mascara Properly

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We need some extra motivation to bloody well go to the bathroom and clean our faces before bed. Here it is: Some truly horrifying photos of what can happen if you fail to remove your mascara before you sleep.

According to the case study, published by the American Academy of Opthamology, a 50-year-old Australian woman called Theresa Lynch developed an eye condition after failing to properly remove her eye makeup for 25 years. Every day she had applied a heavy coating of mascara, then had consistently failed and adequately cleaning her lashes. After years of not washing her eye makeup off correctly, she went to the doctor complaining of a strange feeling under her eyelids, as if something was lodged there. Her eyelids felt heavy, her eyes felt irritated, and discharge leaked from her eyes. Eyedrops and lubricating gels didn’t help. She was referred to a surgeon, who lifted up the women’s eyelids to discover hard, dark, calcified bumps, known as concretions.

It turns out that over the years of incorrect cleansing, small fragments of mascara had become lodged under both eyelids, causing dark spots of conjunctivitis. The lumps posed a serious risk to the woman’s vision. If left untreated, Theresa may have gone blind. She had to undergo a 90 minute procedure to have the hard lumps removed from inside her eyelid. Theresa and the surgeon who treated her are now sharing pictures of the condition to raise awareness of what can happen if you don’t remove your makeup properly every night. Theresa said: ‘They 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.

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