Sometimes it can take up to 3 days before you notice any type of reaction. If you start to experience these symptoms, they may last until the adhesive is completely detached from the eye. The reaction may continue to worsen while the eye is exposed to the adhesive (or allergen). Allergic reactions to eyelash extensions are very rare.
It's hard to find exact numbers, but the most common adhesive allergen is latex, to which only about 1% of the population is allergic, and that adhesive is not commonly used in professional extensions. By comparison, short-term irritation is much more common. If the allergy to eyelash extensions does not go away after 24 hours, be sure to remove them with a special liquid (remover). If the reaction does not stop and even “gains momentum”, medical attention will be needed.
If you have experienced an allergic reaction, remove your eyelashes immediately and wash your eyelids with a mild cleanser. If they have been applied professionally, call the eyelash technician. Don't try to remove the eyelash glue with anything greasy, such as a makeup remover, as this will only worsen the reaction. A cold compress, a little Benadryl, and a relaxing eye mask may help.
If you have swelling, redness, or itching that lasts longer than a day, we recommend that you see a doctor. As an eyelash artist, it's essential to understand the nuances between an allergic reaction and an irritation to offer the best support to your client. The truth is that it is possible to develop an allergy to eyelash glue at any time in a person's life, and it's not yet clear why a person suddenly develops an allergy to eyelash glue. When observing the correct extension technique, the eyelash stylist uses a small drop of glue, preventing it from coming into contact with the delicate skin of the eyelids.
One of the main causes of glue allergy that many technicians overlook is the health status of the eyelash customer. Apply a small amount of glue to the inside of your wrist and wait 24 hours to see if there are any reactions. The quality of false eyelashes can directly affect the health of your eyes, so choose a professional extension. As an eyelash artist, it's critical that we understand the difference between an allergy to eyelash glue and an irritation.
Once your client develops an allergy to eyelash glue, they will most likely react every time the extensions are done. If your client informs you that they suspect that they have developed an allergy to eyelash glue, ask them to list all the symptoms. In some cases, it helps to avoid allergies if it occurs precisely in the vapors of eyelash glue, which disappear when fully cured (within 24 hours). Tell your client to see their eye doctor and inform them that they may have allergic contact dermatitis caused by eyelash glue.