Eyelash Extension: Irritation or Allergic Reaction? Here's How to Tell

July 30, 2021

Eyelash Extension: Irritation or Allergic Reaction? Here's How to Tell

Step aside, falsies. Eyelash extensions have grown in popularity and new eyelash extension products are on the rise

Incorporating eyelash extensions into your repertoire can really boost your beauty business. That's why we offer all of the products and lessons you'll need in one place. 

It's important to keep in mind that many of your clients will be getting eyelash extensions for the first time. Some may show adverse reactions to the lashes, lash glue, and other materials you'll use during the process.

How do you know if your clients are allergic to their new eyelash extensions or if they're just experiencing irritation? Read on to find out.

Signs of Eyelash Extension Allergies

If your client is experiencing an allergic reaction to their eyelash extensions, you'll want to remove the extensions and allow the reaction to clear. Unfortunately, an allergic reaction won't clear up until the allergen is removed from the skin and eye area. In some cases, signs of an allergic reaction won't reveal themselves for up to 48 hours after the lashes are applied.

Allergic reactions to eyelash extensions can cause the eyelid to swell, become red in appearance, or feel itchy. Your client's eyes and corneas may also become red. Their eyes will also typically tear. 

Signs of Eyelash Extension Irritation

Some individuals may experience lash glue reactions that subside quickly. This isn't uncommon for people who have sensitive skin.

Irritation is, of course, uncomfortable, but it will subside on its own. Oftentimes, irritation will subside when the lash glue cures.

Irritation symptoms tend to mirror the symptoms of an allergic reaction although in a milder form. This means that your client may experience a bit of swelling, redness, itchiness, and tearing. If your client believes they're experiencing irritation that will subside, contact them in 24 hours to make sure the symptoms have gone away.

Screening Clients For Allergies

Three ingredients in most lash adhesives are the most typical culprits of allergic reactions. These include:

  • Latex
  • Carbon black
  • Cyanoacrylate

Latex is the most common of the three, which goes to show how uncommon these allergies actually are. Less than 1% of the US population has a latex allergy.

Fortunately, there are lash adhesive alternatives that don't contain either latex or carbon black. If your clients know that they are allergic to either of these ingredients, opt for one of these alternatives. 

Unfortunately, all lash glue contains cyanoacrylate. If your clients discover that they are allergic to this ingredient, they will not be able to get lash extensions. 

Come to Us For All of Your Eyelash Extension Needs

Eyelash extensions are taking over the beauty industry and we're here to help you bring them to your shop. Our goal is to provide the tools, lessons, and resources you need to become a Lash extension expert. When you know how to spot an allergic reaction or signs of irritation, your clients will know that their health and happiness are your number-one priority!  Learn more by watching our You Tube tutorial here!

Do you want to know more about how to bring eyelash extensions into your repertoire? Contact us today and we'll help answer your questions.