Am I having an Allergic Reaction OR Irritation with false eyelashes
False eyelashes – Am I having an Allergic Reaction OR Irritation
If you or anyone you know who has lashes who has suffered what was thought to be an allergic reaction and has wondered “can I get them again” “am I really allergic” “what if I just give them a break for a while”
Below are a few reasons as to why you may be experiencing irritation or an allergic reaction and a guide as to the difference between the two. Not everyone can have lashes but there seems to be a lot of people that mistake a true allergy – which cannot be fixed with an irritation, which may be due to other contributing factors.
False eyelashes allergic reactions/ irritations can be caused by many different factors relating to the eyelash extension process and they can happen at any time in varied severity. Some of the symptoms can be redness, swelling of the eyelid close to the lash line, itching, and flaky or dry skin.
The main difference between an allergic reaction and an irritation is that in the event that you are allergic exposure will cause your body to produce histamine. Sometimes the only way to distinguish between an allergy & an irritation is to see if the symptoms respond to anti-histamine medications such as Telfast, Zyrtec, Aerius etc.
We cannot give medical advice to our clients so we suggest that any clients suspecting that they are having a true allergic reaction to seek medical advice. Given our experience and research we have listed what we feel to be true allergic reactions and irritations.
1. Allergic Reaction – Cyanoacrylate
Cyanoacrylate-based adhesives are difficult to distinguish from irritation from eyelash extensions in general. Cyanoacrylate allergies can develop at any time. They can start after years of use, after one use or after a few uses. Generally they manifest as a red, swollen, itchy lash line. If you think this maybe the cause a test patch on another area of skin can be tried, or a small section on one eye.
2. Irritation – Eyelid Irritation
Eyelash Extensions themselves can cause irritation of the eyelid skin because they sometimes rub against the eyelid skin while the client is sleeping. The thicker the extension, the more irritation they can cause in sensitive individuals. A method of determining if the irritation is from the lashes or the glue, is changing to the thinnest extensions (0.15mm). If the symptoms are reduced or eliminated, you can conclude that the adhesive is not the cause. People with sensitive skin are more likely to suffer eyelid irritation from the friction of thick lash extensions rubbing against the lid.
3. Irritation – Seasonal Allergies
Some people who suffer from seasonal allergies find that they have to remove their lash extensions for about two months out of the year when the pollen count is at it’s highest. Again, the symptoms are the same: swelling, itching and redness. This generally happens in the springtime, but some people have allergies to pollen that blooms in the autumn or summer. I don’t know if I’m the only one that’s noticed that the flowers are confused still blooming and creating pollen due to this lovely weather we have been having lately. Therefore irritations that people associate with the spring are still present.
4. Irritation – Eye Irritation
Many people with sensitivities to the adhesive begin feeling sensitive during the procedure itself. If you do not shut your eyes completely the fume of the glue will affect your eyes, causing a stinging sensation, watering and redness. Some people feel stinging, burning and irritation at the time of application whist others feel nothing at the time, but wake up the next morning with red, swollen, itchy eyes. If the client leaves the salon with redness in the whites of her eyes, it can be determined that the eye itself has been exposed to glue fumes.
5. Irritation – Dermatitis, eczema & rosacea
Inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea are much more likely to suffer reactions to eyelash extension products. There is even a sub-type of rosacea that specifically affects the eyelids. Again, the symptoms are redness, swelling and itching. Many people may not even be aware that they suffer from Rosacea at all until they have a problem with their eyelash extensions. It’s possible to have eyelid rosacea triggered by irritation from eyelash extensions even if the client does not suffer from rosacea on other parts of the face.
If you are concern about getting any reaction or discomfort, we provide a patch test for you. For more information, please call or message us on 040147875 We would always happy to help.
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