Allergic reaction to eyelash extensions: How to treat it and what to do?

Pain, redness, swelling - such consequences scare many customers away from the treatment. Allergies triggered by eyelash extensions are extremely rare (less than 1% of confirmed cases of all complaints of various reactions after the appointment). The remaining 99% are the consequences of a bad work. It is important to know everything about allergies and the differences from the results of the unprofessionalism of the eyelash stylist. Here you will read everything you need to know about allergic reactions to lash extensions.

About allergic reactions

For the manufacture of artificial eyelashes, only synthetic raw materials are used - a high-quality hypoallergenic polymer. Other necessary products and materials (hydrogel eye pads, primer, etc.) are also manufactured in strict accordance with quality and hypoallergenic standards. If the stylist works with the products of proven reputable brands, then the likelihood of allergies is small.

Most often, the appearance of an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions is provoked by the eyelash glue. Observing the correct extension technique, the eyelash stylist uses a small drop of glue, preventing it from contacting the delicate skin of the eyelids. But even when performing the procedure in accordance with all the rules, the risks of allergies cannot be excluded - it can be caused by the evaporation of the glue during drying.

How to minimize risks

  1. Get a service where they care about your comfort and safety. The dangerous side effects come from a non-professional service and poor quality of materials.

  2. Eliminate the possibility of an individual reaction. No one (not even the most experienced professional) can predict how your body will react to eyelash extensions. If you know you are susceptible to allergies or eye sensitivities, take a preliminary test. You can apply a drop of glue to the skin or do a trial treatment. Performing a test, the stylist only attaches 10 extensions per eye, to see if there comes a reaction within 24 hours.

  3. Pay attention to the condition of your eyes. Only get long eyelashes, if your eyes are completely healthy. Inflammation, conjunctivitis of any nature, and other ailments are a good reason to postpone the treatment until complete recovery.

How to "recognize" an eyelash extension allergy

An allergic reaction to eyelash extensions manifests itself as redness, swelling, an itchy sensation along the lash line or in the eyelid area. The following signs should be observed:

  • dryness of the mucous membrane;
  • discomfort, a feeling of having a third-party object in the eye;
  • "Pinkish" whites of the eyes;
  • spread of edema to the entire upper part of the face;
  • manifestations of allergic rhinitis (runny nose, swelling of the nasal mucosa, sneezing);
  • tearing;
  • allergic cough.

Any allergy symptoms occur literally immediately or within the first 24 hours after the work. The appearance of unpleasant sensations on the second, third or later day is already the consequences of a bad work.

Conny Lashes tip: An allergic reaction is often confused with the results of a poor work. During the work the stylist attaches artificial eyelashes to natural hairs. The space to the eyelid edge should be 0.5 - 1 mm. If the technology is carried out poorly, discomfort, redness of the skin and mucous membranes, swelling, severe pain can appear.

Allergic to eyelash glue

Allergens are usually the lash glue or its evaporation, or rather its main component is cyanoacrylate. This substance is present in all formulas of the glue and it is responsible for the adhesion of the eyelashes and the durability of the result. For this reason, an eyelash glue is never hypoallergenic. And if the glue does not contain cyanoacrylate, then its adhesive functions are minimized, and the eyelash extensions will not last long.

Even the gentlest composition of the product does not guarantee complete protection. The reaction is usually very individual. There is also a cumulative allergy in the body, when the symptoms do not appear immediately, but at 2 or even 3 sessions. In this special case it is better to stop getting eyelash extensions.

FAQ’s: Allergic reaction to eyelash extensions

Is it possible to avoid the appearance of an allergy to adhesive vapours?

If you are allergic to eyelash glue fumes, then a fan minimizes its occurrence, since with its polymerization occurs instantly and without fumes. Eyelash stylists use it after the work. When the work is done, the client closes his eyes, and the beautician treats it with moist air near the face. In some cases, it helps to avoid allergies if it occurs precisely on lash glue vapours, which disappear when completely cured (within 24 hours).

Can it occur an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions if it is made with high-quality materials?

The quality of fake eyelashes can directly affect the health of your eyes, so choose a professional extension. A true professional takes care of his reputation and chooses high-quality materials for the job.

Unfortunately, even with the perfect execution of the entire work, allergies sometimes occur. Most often, the reason lies in the individual reaction to the chemical composition of the adhesive. The component of the glue - cyanoacrylate - is an allergic reaction provocateur. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to eyelash glue depend on the susceptibility of the body: swelling of the eyelids, headache, severe tearing, redness of the mucous membrane of the eyes.

What to do if the allergic reaction to eyelash extensions does not disappear within 24 hours?

If the eyelash extension allergy does not go away after 24 hours make sure to remove eyelashes with a special liquid (remover). If the reaction does not stop and even “gains momentum”, medical attention will be needed.

After the removal, it will be necessary to limit the use of decorative cosmetics in the eye area. The skin and mucous membranes are irritated by the effect of an allergen and are prone to inflammatory processes.


  1. Allergies to eyelash extensions are extremely rare.
  2. Poor-quality work manifests itself through similar symptoms and requires the removal of eyelashes.
  3. Treatment with medicine should be prescribed only by a doctor.
  4. It is necessary for an eyelash stylist to strictly adhere to the extension rules and technology.
  5. Always check with the client if he is allergic. Conduct a test by applying a drop of eyelash glue to the skin (preferably a day before the procedure). It can be applied to the skin behind the ear or on the wrist. An extension test with 10 fake lashes can also help. An allergic reaction to eyelash extensions will occur immediately or within the first 24 hours after the work.

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