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Allergic Reaction to Eyelash Extensions? Get the Facts!

Eyelash extensions have become a popular beauty treatment, offering a glamorous and effortless way to enhance your eyes. However, for some individuals, the dream of luscious lashes can turn into an itchy nightmare. Before taking the plunge, you should understand what to do if you have an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions.

This blog post will focus on allergic reactions to eyelash extensions. We’ll explore the signs and symptoms to watch out for and how to potentially avoid them. Finally, we’ll discuss what to do if you experience an adverse reaction to the adhesive.

How Do Allergic Reactions to Lash Extensions Happen?

The culprit behind most allergic reactions is the lash glue used to bond the extensions to your natural lashes.  According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, adhesives often contain a variety of chemicals, including formaldehyde, cyanoacrylate (the same ingredient in superglue!), and latex.  People with sensitivities to any of these ingredients can develop an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of a lash adhesive allergy can appear within 48 hours of application, or even develop over several appointments. Here are some common signs of an allergic reaction to eyelash glue to be aware of:

  • Redness, swelling, and itching of the eyelids
  • Excessive tearing or watery eyes
  • Crusting or blistering around the lash line
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty opening or closing your eyes

If you experience any of these symptoms after getting lash extensions, seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications.

How to Avoid an Allergic Reaction to Lash Extensions

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to prevent an allergic reaction to lash extensions. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk:

  • Patch Test: A reputable lash tech will always offer a patch test before applying a full set of extensions. Performing a patch test involves applying a small amount of glue to your inner arm and monitoring the area. The glue should sit for at least 24 hours. Any redness, swelling, or itching indicates a potential allergy.
  • Consult with your Doctor: If you have a history of allergies, discuss eyelash extensions with your doctor beforehand. They can advise you on the risks and recommend alternatives if necessary.
  • Choose a Reputable Lash Artist: Opt for a technician who uses high-quality, medical-grade adhesives. Quality adhesives are less likely to irritate. Ask questions about the products the lash technician uses. Also, ask about their experience.

What to Do If You Have an Allergic Reaction to Lash Extensions

If you suspect an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions, the most important step is to remove them immediately. Do not attempt to remove the lashes yourself as this can further damage your natural lashes.

Here’s what to do:

  • Apply a Cold Compress: A cold compress can help soothe the irritation and reduce the swelling. Gently place a clean, cool cloth over the affected area for a few minutes at a time.
  • See a Doctor: Schedule an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. They may prescribe antihistamines or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms.
  • Seek Professional Removal: Have a qualified professional remove the remaining extensions gently to avoid further irritation.
  • Give Your Eyes Time to Heal: After removing the extensions, hold off on getting them reapplied immediately. Allow your eyes time to heal completely before considering any further lash treatments.

Looking for Flawless Lashes Without the Risk? Contact Kelsey Marie Artistry Today!

limit the risk of allergic reaction to eyelash extensions by performing a patch test

While allergic reactions can be a concern, there are still ways to achieve stunning lashes. At Kelsey Marie Artistry, we understand the importance of healthy, beautiful eyes. We offer a variety of lash care services to help you find the perfect solution for your needs. This includes:

Lash Lifts & Tints: Enhance your natural lashes with a lash lift that creates the illusion of length and curl. A lash tint adds a subtle definition for a mascara-free look.

Classic or Volume Lash Extensions: If you’re confident you’re not allergic, we offer lash extensions for a dramatic look. We require a patch test before treatment.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your options for achieving gorgeous, long-lasting lashes! Our experienced team will be happy to answer your questions and guide you towards the perfect lash look. Whether it’s with extensions or through our alternative lash and brow services, we’ve got you covered.


Can you suddenly become allergic to eyelash extensions?

Yes, it’s possible to develop an allergy to lash glue at any time. This is true even if you’ve had extensions in the past without any issues. Allergies can emerge at any time because of changes in your body’s immune system or response.

How long does an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions last?

The duration of an allergic reaction varies. Symptoms may last from a few days to over a week, depending on the severity and treatment.

Can I still wear makeup if I have an allergic reaction?

To prevent further irritation, It’s best to avoid makeup and other eye products until your symptoms subside.

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