Minimizing Irritation and Reactions to Eyelash Extensions (08/29/2013)

October 11, 2017

 With eyelash extensions increasing in popularity, many women are joining the revolution and revving up their eyelashes. However, the risks that come with getting eyelash extensions are also grabbing attention from the media and medical experts, due to the increasing reports of injuries, infections, and allergic reactions. How can we minimize the risks of eyelash extensions?


The following is an informational guide for you to educate yourself and take into consideration before you go to your lash appointment.





Serious eye infections because of improper sanitation have been reported. It's important to understand the difference between an allergic reaction and an infection. A licensed and experienced Eyelash Technician will know how to prevent infections. However, there are people out there who perform eyelash extension application who have not taken classes or obtained a license. Some go into the eyelash extension business after only watching a tutorial on DVD or on YouTube. In addition to their lack of certification, they are also without hands-on practice. The good news is that the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology deemed ONLY a LICENSED ESTHETICIANS OR LICENSED COSMETOLOGISTS regulated to apply eyelash extensions. Consumers need to make sure their Lash Stylist is licensed and trained before they go to have eyelash extensions. Upon arrival, look for their license and certifications, as they should be present for their clients to see.




1. Medical Tape Irritation

This is a very common occurrence when medical adhesive tape and bandages are in contact with the skin for prolonged periods of time (hours to days). Up to 50% of clients end up with a medical tape related skin rash. Usually, the skin rash is mild, appears red and bumpy, and is quite itchy. There isn’t much need for alarm, however, because once the adhesive is removed, the rash will usually go away within a number of days without treatment. If you have had any sort of medical tape related irritations, please inform your Lash Stylist so you both can discuss which medical tape is right for your skin, as there are types for sensitive skin. If those do not work, your Lash Stylist can opt to not use any tape at all.


2. Fumes

It is important that your eyes are fully shut during the application procedure. Fumes from the eyelash adhesive can escape into your eye if not sealed off properly. Clients may feel stinging, burning, tearing, and irritation. In order to prevent this from happening, your Lash Stylist should take a moment to check and make sure your eyes are closed. For clients with sensitivities to adhesive, we offer four different adhesives, two of which are hypoallergenic, to ensure the right one for you.


3. Improper or Poor Application

Eyelash extension adhesive should be applied on natural eyelashes, not the skin. Clients may get irritations from the adhesive when it comes in contact with skin, if your technician uses too much glue or poorly applies the extensions. This can be completely avoided by going to a well-trained or experienced Lash Stylist.




1. Medical Tape

Some clients may have severe allergies to medical tape, bandages, or latex. These people may not be the right candidate for eyelash extensions. Unfortunately, some are not aware of their allergy until they have eyelash extensions applied, and a resulting reaction occurs.


2. Cyanoacrylate

Allergies from cyanoacrylate-based adhesives are difficult to distinguish from irritation to the eyelash extensions. Cyanoacrylate allergies can develop at any time. Generally they manifest as a red, swollen, itchy lash line. If you have had an allergic reaction to any eyelash extensions before (swollen, puffy eyelids and under eye area), we do not recommend getting lash extensions again as you will be allergic to most adhesives.


3. Formaldehyde

A recent Consumer Reports article details the cases of several patients who suffered infections and allergic reactions to formaldehyde-based adhesives used with eyelash extensions. Most cosmetics in the USA contain preservatives and many use formaldehyde. This includes your shampoos, makeup and other household, medical, or industrious products. Many dry cleaners use formaldehyde. If you have an allergy to formaldehyde, it may cause a reaction to your eyelash extension adhesive.


Our clients’ safety and health are always our primary concern. All adhesives that we use are formaldehyde-free eyelash extension adhesives. However, since allergic reactions are possible, there are different types of adhesives based on one's sensitivity. Lash Beauty is proud to offer nine adhesives to ensure the best adhesive for every client’s needs.


In order to minimize the risk of irritations and allergy reactions from eyelash extensions, we highly recommend clients to schedule a consultation and a patch test before their lash appointment, especially first time clients and clients with sensitive or skin.


We wish every client a beautiful eyelash extensions experience!


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