Depending on the severity of the allergic reaction, a person may have symptoms that last from a few hours to a few days. Treatment can also affect how long a person can experience reactions to eyelash extensions. A person should talk to their doctor if their reactions persist after a few days. Here's everything you need to know about allergies and irritation from eyelash extensions, so you can keep your eyes superbly healthy.
Irritation is more common in people with sensitive skin. It will usually appear during the healing period of eyelash extensions and may disappear on its own within a few hours as the glue finishes healing. The chances of irritation are greater if the glue actually comes into contact with the eyes or skin. That largely depends on the drying time of the adhesive, the climate and the skill level of the eyelash technician.
It's also possible to get an infection, usually as a result of going to a poorly managed salon or an unlicensed eyelash technician. If your eyes are not only red and inflamed, but they also feel gritty and sticky, you may have an infection. If you experience that, seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you know for sure that you are allergic to eyelash extensions or that you simply have very sensitive eyes, be sure to choose your eyelash technician carefully and go to a consultation.
During the consultation, ask your technician what they usually do to prevent irritation. More experienced eyelash technicians have some adhesives they can use. They know how to choose the right glue for different environments and how to apply it safely to reduce any contact with eyes or skin. Allergies are not constant throughout life.
It's very common to react well to a product or ingredient for years, but then develop an allergy after repeated exposure. Your allergic reaction will definitely go away once your body is no longer exposed to the allergen. In addition, it's not uncommon for people to have an allergic reaction to a substance once and then be able to tolerate it without problems later in life. Once the eyelash extensions are removed, the allergy symptoms should go away.
Unfortunately, customers with an allergy to eyelash extension adhesive will always experience a reaction. If you start to experience these symptoms, they may last until the adhesive completely disappears from your eye. The reaction may continue to worsen as long as the eye is exposed to the adhesive (or allergen). In fact, the greater the exposure to a specific allergen, the reaction may progress over time.
If the allergy to eyelash extensions does not go away after 24 hours, be sure to remove the eyelashes with a special liquid (remover). If the reaction does not stop and even “gains momentum”, medical attention will be needed. While you can never be 100% sure of the type of allergy you're facing, without more thorough research, there are three main causes that cause customers to suffer from allergies due to eyelash extension glue. In urgent situations, the customer may not want to come to you to have the extensions removed or may not be able to do so.
They are often the result of allergic ingredients such as cyanoacrylate, carbon black, lead and benzoic acid found in eyelash glue and related equipment. Asako (left) and Naoko (right) are certified eyelash stylists and owners of Divine Lashes, a site for eyelash lovers to meet and learn more about eyelash extensions and tightening. While it may differ depending on the user's biology and the chemistry of the allergen, the following signs are the most common. The reaction will last as long as the skin is in contact with the eyelash adhesive, and sometimes even a few days later.
If you want to be completely safe, opt for cruelty free synthetic eyelash extensions instead of natural real mink fur fibers. Allergies caused by eyelash extensions are extremely rare (less than 1% of confirmed cases have complaints of various reactions after the appointment). In some cases, it helps to avoid allergies if they occur precisely in the vapors of eyelash glue, which disappear when they fully cure (within 24 hours). Unlike allergies to eyelash extensions, eyelash irritations are the result of poor hygiene, poor application, seasonal allergies, chemical burns, or simply because the eyelash adhesive touched the skin instead of the hair fibers.
No one (not even the most experienced professional) can predict how your body will react to eyelash extensions. However, that's not necessarily the case: many factors can influence the irritation caused by eyelash extensions. While black adhesive is ideal for blending eyelash extensions into the natural lash line, some people are allergic to carbon black and should instead have to apply their eyelashes with a clear glue. It doesn't matter if you've had eyelash extensions for years and then react randomly once; reacting that time means you've developed an allergy to the adhesive's main ingredient (cyanoacrylate) and, sadly, you'll react again.