Here's What Can Happen if You Don't Take Off Your Mascara Before Going to Bed

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Most people know you should remove your makeup before bed, but the occasional slip-up happens. And it can be especially tempting to pass out in a full face of makeup after an exhausting day at work or a late night out. But you may never fall asleep in your makeup again after seeing this photo of an Australian woman who suffered severe consequences from repeatedly sleeping in her mascara.

The woman initially sought medical attention because she had the chronic sensation of having something stuck in both of her eyes. When doctors examined the woman, who admitted to "25 years of heavy mascara use with inadequate removal," they found that the mascara had accumulated in her eyelids.

The woman was treated by Dr. Dana Robei in New South Wales, Australia, who wrote about the case in the May issue of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Read More.