If you have ever been curious about eyelash extensions, you have likely heard the term “allergies” thrown around in beauty circles. The truth is, eyelash extensions can cause allergies that can be easier and quicker to diagnose and treat in comparison to the other cosmetics and beauty products you use on your face. In this blog post, we are going to discuss what eyelash extension allergies are, what you should look out for, and how to treat them. We will also share a few tips on how to reduce your risk of developing an allergic reaction as well as ways to create a more allergen-free environment around your eyelash extensions. Let’s dive in, shall we?
What is Eyelash Extension Allergy?
Eyelash extension allergy is a condition clients may suffer from after receiving eyelash extensions. An allergic reaction occurs when clients are sensitive to the materials used in the eyelash glue. Reactions can range from small irritation to severe infection requiring medical attention. At-home treatments such as medicated creams and antihistamines may provide some temporary relief. However, clients should always consult their healthcare provider before using such treatments. To prevent any unpleasant reactions, clients should ask their beauty provider for a patch test prior to receiving eyelash extensions. A patch test verifies whether clients may be allergic or not before proceeding with the application of lash extensions. In every case, safety is paramount, so it is important that everyone takes precautions when undergoing a procedure like this one.
Symptoms of Eyelash Extension Allergy
Eyelash extension allergies are fairly common, but their symptoms can be quite severe if left untreated. Many people find that their eyelids become red, itchy, and swollen shortly after their appointment with an aesthetician for lash extensions. In the most extreme cases, eyelid reactions can develop into allergic contact dermatitis a few weeks after initial exposure. The signs of this condition consist of intense itching, painful stinging sensations, hives, papules, dry patches, and blistering.
It is possible that some people may not exhibit any of these symptoms and still be suffering from eyelash extension allergies. Milder reactions can also include burning eyes, inflamed eyelids, or discomfort when wearing makeup or eye drops. It is important to note that there are different types of reactions experienced by those with an allergy — some may experience delayed reactions while others have a more immediate response. These differences should be discussed with a medical professional to determine treatment options and to avoid any further irritation or discomfort.
Causes of Eyelash Extension Allergy
Eyelash extension allergies are usually caused when the chemicals used in the adhesive, particularly cyanoacrylates, come into contact with the eye. These powerful chemical messengers quickly break down and release formaldehyde which irritates the delicate eyelash follicles and surrounding tissue, leading to swelling, redness, tearing, and itchiness. The problem is often exacerbated by people coming in contact with their eyes after having applied adhesive-filled eyelash extensions without washing their hands first.
Some lash technicians believe that there may be other contributors too, such as mold or dust on the lashes, dirt, and debris on the eyes before application, or overheated glue caused by overuse of a heating wand. In some cases, individual lash users are more sensitive or allergic to certain types of glues or adhesives than others.
Different Types of Eyelash Extension Allergy
Eyelash extension allergies are one of the risks to be aware of when considering eyelash extensions. There are two types of eyelash extension allergy: an immune reaction to the eyelash extension glue and a skin reaction due to irritants in traditional eyelash glues. Symptoms of eyelash glue allergies include itching, redness, or swelling around eyelids after application. Those who have questions or concerns about eyelashes should consult a medical professional for testing before using eyelash extensions. Knowing whether you may be prone to an eyelash extension allergy can help you minimize potential reactions and enjoy the benefits of your eyelash extensions without any worries.
Can an Eyelash Extension Allergy Go Away?
Eyelash extension allergies are not all that common, but when it does occur it can be an uncomfortable situation. Symptoms vary from hand itching to eye irritation, and some people experience intense inflammation around the eyes from a reaction to the cyanoacrylate adhesive used in the extensions. Treatment is an application of the topical antihistamine cream and a cold compress, both of which can provide relief and help ease irritations. In most cases, the allergy goes away on its own if no further contact with the cyanoacrylate occurs. However, if hand itching or eye irritations persist after discontinuing the use of eyelash extensions, it is suggested to reach out to a healthcare provider as there may be an underlying condition requiring additional treatment.
Remedies for an Allergic Reaction
When it comes to eyelash extension allergies, timely intervention is important. An allergic reaction can worsen over time and not all reactions are the same. Certain home remedies and medications may help reduce symptoms and alleviate discomfort related to an allergic reaction.
Immediately upon the onset of the reaction, wash the area around the eyes with water. This should help rinse away any residue remaining on the skin after having eyelash extensions applied or removed. Since many reactions cause swelling, cool compresses or wet clothes can be placed on the affected areas for 15 minutes at a time for additional relief.
Over-the-counter medications such as oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, Allegra, Zyrtec, and Claritin may reduce symptoms of itching and inflammation caused by allergic reactions. While these medications are considered safe when taken as directed, read product labels carefully and follow instructions closely to avoid any potential adverse effects. Topical creams or gels containing hydrocortisone or other steroids may also provide temporary relief from itching and hives by reducing inflammation in the skin. Always talk to your doctor before taking any kind of medication.
Although home remedies and over-the-counter medications may help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions, they do not address the underlying cause of the reaction itself. Therefore, if symptoms persist or worsen in spite of home care treatments, medical advice should be sought out from an allergist or specialist in order to explore treatment options that target the root cause of the problem.
When to Seek Medical Advice?
It is important to recognize when a trip to the doctor is warranted for an eyelash extension allergy. If a person experiences any of the following symptoms, medical advice should be sought out:
- Persistent and increased itchiness or redness from previously experienced symptoms
- Swelling or inflammation around the eye, including the eyelids and cheeks
- A rash on any other areas that have come into contact with the lash product
- Significant discomfort or pain
- Blisters around the eyes or near where the product was applied
Doctors may use skin patch tests or other testing methods to help determine what type of allergen is present in the lash adhesive. Once this has been determined, they will be able to provide medication or alternative treatments specific to that allergen. It’s also important to work with a skilled eyelash extension technician who can provide guidance on how to choose products that are safe and won't irritate sensitive skin.
Frequently Asked Questions Answered
How likely is it that an eyelash extension allergy will go away naturally?
It is very unlikely that an eyelash extension allergy will go away naturally. An allergic reaction caused by eyelash extensions usually occurs due to contact with a foreign substance that your body perceives as dangerous, such as adhesives or lash materials. Your body's immune system will respond to the allergic triggers by releasing histamine into your bloodstream, which causes symptoms of an allergic reaction like itching, redness, swelling, and hives. While the symptoms of an allergic reaction from eyelash extensions can often be managed with antihistamines and other medications, the chances of the actual allergy dissipating on its own are minimal.
What treatments are available for eyelash extension allergies?
There are several treatments that are available for eyelash extension allergies, depending on the severity of the reaction. Mild symptoms can be managed through over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines or topical corticosteroid creams. More severe cases may require prescription medications or even a referral to an allergist for treatment with immunotherapy. In addition, it's important to keep any areas affected by eyelash extensions clean and dry to prevent further irritation or infection. Finally, those who struggle with allergies should consider switching to a different type of eyelash extension product that is hypoallergenic and/or made of natural fibers.
What are the symptoms of eyelash extension allergies?
Eyelash extension allergies can cause a variety of symptoms and each person may react differently. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, and itching of the eyelids, and discomfort or burning around the eyes. Other potential symptoms include dark circles or puffiness underneath the eyes, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, or coughing. In some cases, individuals may experience more severe symptoms such as hives, rashes, or difficulty breathing. It is important to get medical attention immediately if this occurs. Treatment for eyelash extension allergies includes avoiding allergen triggers, applying cold compresses to the eyes, taking oral antihistamines, and using mild cleansers on the eyelid area.