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Red Bump on Lash Line: Ingrown Eyelash Pictures, Treatments and Prevention

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An ingrown eyelash can be very painful. The lash grows into the skin instead of growing outward. The technical name is Trichiasis.  

The ingrown lash causes a red bump on the lash line that can be itchy and painful. The inflamed  bump can develop a pimple like infection and may feel like there is something in the eye. It can also cause some swelling on the whole eye lid.

It is important to address the problem quickly since an infection around the eye can spread and turn into serious problem. 

Treatment for an ingrown eyelash:

See your eye doctor for treatment. The doctor will free the hair and treat the infection, usually with an antibiotic. 

Permanent removal of the lash may be in order if the lash frequently gets ingrown. This can be done with electrolysis or cryotherapy.  Electrolysis uses an electric current to destroy the hair. Cryotherapy destroys the hair follicle by freezing with liquid nitrogen.

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Home Remedies for an ingrown eyelash:

Warm Compress
Ease the pain and irritation with a warm wash cloth. Gently hold a clean very warm wash on the area that has the ingrown lash. Repeat frequently though out the day. 

Try cotton baby wash cloths. They are soft and gentle. See my Amazon picks at the bottom of this post for purchasing organic cotton baby wash cloths.

The wash cloth may also be used to help free an ingrown lash. Gently rub a warm clean wash cloth back and forth over the ingrown lash. The wash cloth will gently exfoliate possibly releasing the ingrown lash. 

Do not do this if you have the pimple like infection, because you can spread bacteria to the surrounding areas of your eye. A doctor is definitely in order in there is any infection!

Tea Bag Compress

Use a green tea bag as a compress. Wet the tea bag with warm water and place it on the eye with the ingrown lash for about 15 minutes twice a day. The tannin in the tea will help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Cucumber Slices

Use cucumber slices on the eyes to reduce inflammation, swelling and promote healing for about 15 minutes twice a day.

Artificial Tears 

Use artificial tears to ease the discomfort and keep the lash line moist. Softened moist skin allows an ingrown hair break through the surface of the skin easier than tougher dry skin. Moist skin also heals quicker. 


If you can see the hair poking through the skin, close your eyes and have someone with a steady hand carefully tweeze the hair out. 

Prevent an ingrown eyelash:

Remove makeup
Reduce the chance of getting an ingrown eyelash by removing eye makeup thoroughly at night with an effective eye makeup remover.

Gently Exfoliate

Use a wash cloth to gently rub back and forth on the lash line daily to help reduce build up of dead cells that can trap hairs under the skin.

Apply coconut oil for it's hydrating, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Use a cotton swab to apply a very thin layer of coconut oil to the lash line at night to hydrate and help keep the lash line soft to make it easier for the lashes to come through the surface of the skin as they grow.

Hope this helps you with those annoying and painful ingrown eyelashes.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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