There is a myth that needs debunking when it comes to Vaseline and your beloved eyelash extensions. The internet is claiming that you can remove your eyelash extensions with the wonder jelly—but as it turns out, that's not such a great idea.
Ahead, board-certified dermatologist Alexandra Snodgrass, MD, and eyelash extension expert Van Pham weigh in on all the reasons you might want to skip the Vaseline next time you're removing your lash extensions.
When removing eyelash extensions, you must use the right safe and effective products. "You cannot remove eyelash extensions with Vaseline because all eyelash extension adhesive is made of some form of cyanoacrylate, which won't break down with Vaseline at all," says Pham. "The lash industry has specific removers [formulated] for safely breaking down lash extension adhesive without damaging the lashes or eyelid, and these are the only removers you will want to use to remove your extensions safely."
Snodgrass seconds this. "Using the appropriate remover to break down chemicals in eyelash extension glue is key for making sure there's no damage or breakage done to your natural lashes," she says. You don't want your natural eyelashes to become dry, brittle, or even break off due to using the wrong kinds of removers for your extensions, which is why it's best to stick to professional removal products.
"The biggest con of using Vaseline around the eye is that it can irritate your sensitive skin and cause other issues," says Pham. "Vaseline tends to stick to the skin and eyelashes, becoming a sticky, oily mess that will be harder to remove." If you get Vaseline in your eyes, you will want to gently wipe it off with a damp washcloth until it's gone. Handling your eye area with great care and gentle precision when removing anything, including makeup, is ideal.
Is At-Home Lash Extension Removal Safe?
Should we even attempt to remove our lash extensions at home? Pham encourages you to leave it to the professionals only: "Unfortunately, there is no safe at-home method of removing eyelash extensions yourself. If someone needs to remove their extensions, they must go to a good lash salon where the stylists can gently and safely remove them with eyelash extension remover. We're working on tiny hairs around the eye area—utmost care should be taken not to damage the hairs, eyelid, or eyeball."
Experts who are well-versed in extension removal can see the full picture of your eyes when you're in for a service. When you try to sort it out yourself at home, you could possibly cause more harm to the eye area than intended.