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18 September 2023

Lash Glue Allergic Reaction vs. Irritation – The Eye-Opening Difference

Lash Glue Allergic Reaction vs. Irritation – The Eye-Opening Difference

Lash Glue Allergic Reaction vs. Irritation – The Eye-Opening Difference

Hey there,lash friends! Are you ready to dive deep into the world of eyelash extension glue allergies, and those pesky irritations? Buckle up, because today, we're going on a wild ride to discover the differences between an allergy and a good ol' irritation.

Picture this: Your client just walked out of your lash salon, and your fluttery new lash extensions are making them feel like a million bucks. But suddenly, you notice something isn't quite right. You get a text and they say: “My eyes are feeling a little itchy and puffy” and you’re starting to wonder if they're having an allergic reaction! Fear not, lash friends – we're here to help you get to the bottom of this situation.


Allergies vs. Irritations – The Basics

Before we dive headfirst into the world of lash allergy drama, let's get our definitions straight.

Allergies: An allergic reaction is your body's way of saying, "Hey, I don't like this!" It's an immune response to a substance (in this case, lash glue) that it perceives as harmful. Allergic reactions can vary in severity, from mild discomfort to a full-blown "I need to see a doctor right now" situation.

Irritations: Irritations, on the other hand, are like that annoying neighbor who won't stop playing loud music at 3 a.m. They're a nuisance, but they're usually not threatening. Irritations are typically caused by physical factors, like rubbing or tugging on your lashes, or by chemical factors, such as glue fumes.

The Telltale Signs of an Eyelash Extension Glue Allergy

Now, let's talk about the star of the show – lash extension glue allergies. A large part here is making sure you're doing everything right in the application so you know that these symptoms aren't normal for you. Here are some telltale signs that you might be dealing with an allergy:

  • Itchy, Itchy, Itchy: If your eyes are itching like crazy, and it feels like you have an army of tiny, invisible ants marching around your lashes, an allergy could be the culprit. Itchiness is one of the classic signs of an allergic reaction.
  • Puffiness Galore: Allergic reactions often come with swelling – think of it as your eyes throwing a little tantrum. If your eyelids are puffier than a marshmallow in a microwave, it might be time to suspect an allergy.
  • Red Alert: Redness is another big indicator. If your eyelids are as red, your body might be trying to tell you something. It's like a visual SOS signal from your immune system.
  • Watery Eyes: Allergic reactions can make your eyes water more than a sappy rom-com. If you're producing more tears than you did during the last episode of "Grey's Anatomy," consider it a red flag.
  • The Never-Ending Sneezing: Sneezing isn't just for allergies to pollen – it can also be a sign of an eyelash extension glue allergy. If you find yourself sneezing your lashes off (not literally, we hope), it's time to investigate. Adequate air flow is important. Not having more than a drop of adhesive out at a time is super important to note. If the room is stuffy with tons of adhesive around, any one could be irritated.

The Drama of Irritations

Now, let's shift our focus to the underappreciated irritations. These can be just as bothersome as allergies but aren't usually as dramatic. Here's how you can spot an irritation:

  • Rubbing/ Tugging + Itchy Eyelids: If there are any stickies, or lashes glued too close to the lash line, your client might complain about them feeling like they are rubbing or tugging.
  • Burning Sensation: Irritations can give you a burning sensation, like you've accidentally rubbed a chili pepper on your eyelids. If you feel the heat, it's time to cool things down. 
  • Redness Without the Drama: Irritations can cause redness too, but it's often less severe than what you'd see with an allergy. Think of it as a gentle flush rather than a full-blown crimson takeover. Check into your cleansers, primers, etc. for unwanted ingredients.
  • The Sting: Ever had that stinging feeling like someone's flicking tiny rubber bands at your lash line? That's irritation's way of saying hello.
  • Watery Eyes: Open eyes throughout will bring on the water works as well. Be sure your eye pads/ tape is adhered properly with ample space below the waterline so the eyes can safely be shut during the service. 

The Time Factor

One of the best ways to differentiate between an allergy and an irritation is by considering the timing of the symptoms. Allergic reactions typically take some time to develop. You might not notice any issues until 24 to 48 hours after your lash appointment. On the other hand, irritations tend to strike immediately or shortly after the lash application.

So, if you leave the salon and your eyes are already feeling like they're on fire, it's more likely to be an irritation. But if the drama unfolds a day or two later, it could be an allergic reaction.

The Allergy Culprits

Okay, so you suspect you might have an allergy, but what's causing it? Here are a few common culprits:

  • Lash Glue: The glue itself can contain allergenic ingredients. Some people are sensitive to cyanoacrylate, which is the main component of lash adhesive.
  • Lash Primer: If your lash technician uses a primer on your natural lashes before applying extensions, this product could contain substances that trigger allergies.
  • Lash Tape/ Under Eye Patches: Even the tape used to secure your lower lashes during the application process can cause issues for some people.
  • Avoid Clients with Seasonal Allergies: Avoid applying to any clients experiencing any illnesses or having seasonal allergies as this increases the chance of their body reacting to foreign bodies like the adhesive.

The Itchy Truth about Lash Extension Allergies

If you suspect you have an eyelash extension glue allergy, it's time to take action:

  • Seek Professional Help: Don't hesitate to contact your lash technician or a medical professional. They can help diagnose your condition and recommend appropriate treatment.
  • Remove the Extensions: It will be necessary to remove your lash extensions if you're having an allergic reaction. This will help relieve your symptoms and prevent further irritation. Tip: Be sure to thoroughly cleanse after removal to ensure all irritants are removed from the orbital eye area.
  • Avoid Future Allergens: Once you've identified the allergen, make sure to steer clear of it in the future. Womp Womp.

Soothing the Drama of Irritations

Now, let's talk about how to deal with those irritations:

  • Cool Compresses: Applying a cool compress to your eyes can help soothe the burning and reduce redness.
  • Get Them Checked: You may have a lash extension glue too close to the lash line, or a sticky attached to two lashes. In this case you need to get in there and fix where the irritation is at the core.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

Prevention is always better than dealing with the drama afterward. Here are some tips to prevent both allergies and irritations:

  • A Skilled Technician: Make sure you are up to date with the latest education and certification. The industry is forever changing, and new and better information is always coming out on how to best take care of your clients, and how to improve your skill.
    You will learn more about lash products and techniques to minimize the risk of irritations and allergies.
  • Communicate: If your clients have had issues with lash extensions or allergies in the past, be sure to communicate with them. You can adjust your products or methods to suit their needs.
  • Regular Maintenance: Don't let your clients skip their lash extension maintenance appointments. Keeping your lashes clean and well-maintained can help prevent irritations.

The Grand Finale

In the world of lash extensions, it's crucial to know the difference between an allergy and an irritation. Allergic reactions are your body's way of saying "no thanks" to specific lash products, while irritations can be caused by various factors, including rubbing and tugging.

If you suspect an allergy, act promptly and get your client to seek professional help. For irritations, take a gentler approach, and remember that prevention is your best friend. Choose to lash wisely. Slow and steady wins the race so you can ensure each lash is adhered with care.

Happy lashing friends! & may your lashes always be fabulous and drama-free!

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