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 $60. 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.

What to do if You Have an Allergic Reaction to Your Eyelash Extensions?

If you have an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions, contact your technician or doctor for help. To alleviate symptoms such as itching and swelling, you can take Benadryl. It is recommended to take Benadryl, but you should continue to monitor your symptoms over the next 48 hours to determine the severity of the reaction. If the symptoms are severe and/or persistent, you should contact a doctor for medical treatment.

What are the Symptoms of Eyelash Allergy

Signs that you may be having an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions include:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Swollen, puffy eyelids
  • Flaking skin on the eyelids about 24 hours after the lash extension appointment
  • Severe stinging or burning of the eyes
Will Eyelash Extension Allergies Go Away?

It is not likely that your allergy to eyelash extension adhesive will go away or improve over time. In fact, it is likely that you will become even more allergic to the extension glue with every appointment.

How Long Do Lash Extension Allergy Symptoms Last?

It will depend on the severity of your reaction. In some cases, symptoms will go away within a few hours. In other cases, however, it may take a few days for the symptoms to go away. Symptoms will usually go away within 72 hours unless the reaction is severe. In this case, you should seek medical help as you may need a prescription steroid or cream to ease the symptoms.

Do I Have to Remove My Lash Extensions if they are Itchy?

Sometimes people will react to eyelash extensions with a little discomfort. If you are experiencing mild discomfort or itchiness, you can try and treat the reaction with a cold or warm compress for about 10 minutes. Taking an oral antihistamine might also help ease some of the irritation. If you treat your symptoms, but they worsen or continue, talk to your technician and or a medical professional for guidance. You may have to remove them if your symptoms worsen or do not go away.

Can I Get Eyelash Extensions Ever Again if I Have an Allergic Reaction?

Unfortunately, if you experience an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions, chances are you will experience this again. Most adhesives that are used to glue in the lashes are made with similar ingredients, so avoiding and allergy is difficult. It is possible that each time you get them put on, your symptoms will be more severe. It is probably not worth it for you to get eyelash extensions if you have already experienced an allergic reaction.

Why Did I Have a Reaction?

If you have an allergic reaction to eyelash extensions, it is important to remember that it is not because of anything your technician did or did not do. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, even if you have had lash extensions before, it is simply your body reacting to the adhesive. Sometimes people develop allergies overtime, so it is important to pay attention to the changes your body is undergoing.