Woman Warns Others About The Dangers Of Never Removing Your Eye Makeup

sources: Daily Mail / Marie Claire

For many women, makeup is a part of their daily routines. No matter how busy your day might get, we know to always remove our makeup (and specifically, our mascara) at the end of each day. Not only is it plain old uncomfortable to wear makeup to bed, but it also causes bacteria buildup on our skin, which can lead to breakouts, rashes, and more.

Well, for one woman, taking off her makeup simply wasn’t of importance to her. Sydney, Australia-based mom Theresa Lynch wore mascara every day for 25 years straight without ever washing it off. Although she clearly didn’t think much of it over the years, this terrible habit has caused her some severe, irreversible damage.

source: Daily Mail

The 50-year-old mother of two is sharing her experience in the hopes that others don’t make the same mistake she did for all those years. After not removing her mascara for over two decades, Theresa now has a mass of black lumps attached to the undersides of her eyelids.

source: Daily Mail

Theresa first discovered these black lumps after visiting a doctor for eye irritation problems. She tried eyedrops, but they did not ease the discomfort. Doctors looked further into the issue and learned that Theresa had calcified makeup bumps attached to her eyelids called concretions.

What’s even scarier is that Theresa then learned she was at risk of going blind. Because she had let the buildup continue for so long, the particles in the black lumps had started building up on top of each other. Theresa had to have emergency eye surgery to remove the lumps and save her vision.

source: Daily Mail

“I was so uncomfortable,” Theresa revealed. “My eyelids were swollen and heavy because I left it for so long. When Dr. Robaei pulled my eyelid back, she said, ‘Oh my god. In my whole career, I have never seen anything like this.’ She could see the whites of my eyes were glassy and bloodshot.”

Dr. Robaei explained that every time Theresa blinked, the bumps would scratch the surface of her eye. This, partnered with the huge risk of infection, could have been enough to make her go blind.

“I had fallen into a bad habit of wearing a lot of makeup and not washing it off,” Theresa revealed. “I should never have let it get this far. It’s so important to properly take your makeup off every single night. You can’t miss a single day.”

If wearing makeup helps to make you feel happy and confident, go ahead and do it. But let Theresa’s story be a serious reminder that you should always remove your makeup before bed. Even if you’re super exhausted and don’t feel like going through an entire cleansing routine, using a makeup wipe is definitely better than nothing. Remember, it could be the difference between healthy vision and losing your eyesight.