Eyelash Extensions and Allergic Reactions – Everything You Need to Know

Allergic reactions to eyelash extensions are very rare and unlikely – but they do happen. A reaction normally occurs within the first 72 hours post service and can include symptoms such as redness, swelling on the lid and itching. The severity of reaction differs drastically, from very mild and brief itchiness, all the way up to swelling, soreness and redness (these are the horror stories that are incredibly rare – I’ve personally never seen one which gives you an idea of how rare).

It can be very uncomfortable and unfortunately, if you have reacted in the past to eyelash extensions – it is very likely you will react again.

Eyelash Extension Reaction FAQ

Q: What causes adhesive reactions?

A: Allergic reactions to lash extensions is caused by an allergy to the main ingredient in the eyelash extension glue called cyancrylate. It is in every eyelash extension adhesive and it’s actually a reaction to the fumes released by the glue, not the glue touching your skin (because at good lash salons the glue should never touch your skin).

MYTH: Eyelash extension reactions are caused because formaldehyde is in the glue. This is simply not true. At The Lash Spa, we only use the highest-quality adhesives purchased in Australia. The adhesive is fast-drying with low fumes. The only two ingredients are Cyonacrylate and Black Pigment.

Q: Can you do a patch test to see if I will react?

A: Yes we can certainly try, however some clients will not show any reaction to the patch test but once the extensions are applied they can still react once a full set of lashes have been applied.

Q: Can I get a refund if I have an allergic reaction?

A: We guarantee our eyelash extension application and always stand behind our work. However, an allergic reaction is something that is out of our control so we do not offer refunds.

An allergic reaction is an unforeseen event that cannot be predicted. We strongly recommend that you look at photos, ask questions and be entirely sure this is a service you would like to have before you invest in the service.

If an allergic reaction does occur, you will need to have the lashes professionally removed. As we are generally booked out days in advance, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to come back immediately for the removal appointment.

A removal takes approximately 30 minutes and the cost is $40. This is something to be aware of if you have had a reaction in the past and still want to go ahead with the booking.