If you have red, irritated eyes, you may have a severe eyelash mite infestation, known as demodicosis. While these tiny bugs normally do not cause symptoms, a large number could be affecting you, especially if you are sensitive to them. If so, try using the following two-step home remedy for treating your eyelash mite problem.
Step 1: Apply A Homemade Astringent After Removing Eye Makeup
The first step in treating your eyelash mite infestation is to apply a homemade astringent after removing your eye makeup. Not only does it remove the residue from your makeup and cosmetic cleaner, but the tea tree oil in the solution acts as a natural insecticide that kills any mites living on your eyelids and at the base of your lashes.
To make the astringent, mix together two tablespoons of witch hazel and five drops of tea tree oil. Then, saturate two cotton balls with the solution, close your eyes, and place them on your eyelids for a couple of minutes. Once the time is up, gently wipe your lids with the cotton balls, then pat them dry with two clean, dry cotton balls. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Cover Your Eyelids With Chamomile Tea Bags Infused With Rose Water
In this next step, you will be applying chamomile tea bags infused with rose water to treat the redness and irritation caused by the eyelash mites. Both chamomile tea and rose water soothe inflammation and act as an astringent to remove any particles contributing to your discomfort.
In a small saucepan, bring a half of a cup each of distilled water and rose water to a boil. Remove the pan from heat, and place two chamomile tea bags in the liquid to seep for 20 minutes. Then, place the pan in the refrigerator for about a half an hour to cool the infusion.
Remove the tea bags, and place one on each closed eye. Keep them on for about 10 to 15 minutes, then remove them. Do not rinse; rather, let your skin air dry.
Using the above home remedy every night could help kill the mites invading your eyelashes and relieve any symptoms they may be causing. However, if you feel your symptoms are becoming worse or your vision is being affected, you may want to contact your optometrist to have an eye exam and discuss the treatment options available to you.