Eyelash Extension Allergy Information

Addressing Lash Extension Allergy Concerns

While eyelash extensions can enhance your confidence and make your eyes appear brighter, they do come with a small risk of an allergic reaction. It is difficult to know if you have an eyelash extension allergy until you experience it. However, as part of our commitment to our clients, we want to give you the information you need about potential problems.

Is It Lash Irritation or an Eyelash Allergy?

In the eyelash extension industry, we sometimes see two unpleasant reactions to the adhesive used in eyelash extensions: temporary lash irritation and a full allergic reaction.

Lash Irritation Description

  • Shows up immediately
  • Different eyes may have varied reactions
  • Disappears within 24 hours
  • Improves with every passing hour
  • You can still wear lashes but with proper care and products being used

Lash Irritation Symptoms

  • Redness 
  • Discomfort when blinking
  • Irritation
  • Itchy
  • Eyes feel dry

Lash Irritation Treatment

  • Apply rewetting eye drops often
  • Rinse your eyes with water
  • Keep your lashes clean and reduce eye makeup usage.
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup.
  • Avoid touching the eyes with your hands/fingers to prevent germ transfer
  • Ask your technician to reduce the amount of glue next time

Lash Allergy Description

  • May show up immediately but can also reveal after 24 to 48 hours
  • Can occur in one eye or both eyes
  • One eye will have a more severe reaction
  • Can last a few hours to a few days
  • Worsens untreated with time

Lash Allergy Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Swelling
  • Headache

Lash Allergy Treatment

  • Contact your lash artist to have the lashes removed. 
  • Apply rewetting eye drops to help ease the eyes
  • Rinse or wash your eyes often
  • Avoid wearing eye makeup
  • Apply cold compress
  • Avoid touching the eyes
  • Take an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl
Eyelash artist performing eyelash extension

What Causes an Allergic Reaction to Lash Extensions?

An eyelash extension allergy is actually an allergic reaction to the lash adhesive used in the procedure. Two chemicals in the adhesive are responsible for most allergies: cyanoacrylate and carbon black. Cyanoacrylate is a bonding chemical that gives the adhesion to the glue. Carbon black gives the glue its black color. Cyanoacrylate makes up 90% or more of all eyelash extension glues.

If you have a mild reaction to the glue, sensitive eyelash glue has a smaller percentage of cyanoacrylate. However, the adhesion or retention is less than normal glue, so lashes may shed faster because the bonding is not as strong.

Although the procedure may make your eyes sting, there is no glue coming in direct contact with your eyes. It is actually the vapor of the glue that can trigger your allergy if you are sensitive.

For eyelash extension allergies, symptoms usually subside within 24-48 hours after removing your lashes. If they persist even after removal, contact your optometrist. They may recommend several treatments: a prescription eye drop, ointment, or oral antihistamines.

Superior Results from Let’s Lash

The Let’s Lash team is committed to providing you with the best application techniques and the highest quality products. If you have any questions or notice an issue, immediately alert your lash artist. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action. Are you ready to start your eyelash extension journey? Book an appointment today!