Is lash extension glue toxic?

Eyelash glue is one of the most toxic beauty products on the market. Many variants contain a cocktail of hazardous chemicals, such as paraben, ammonia, formaldehyde, lead and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, all of which cause skin irritation, redness, and swelling. You may feel immediate discomfort after exposure to an ingredient in the eyelash adhesive. We refer to this as irritating contact dermatitis.

However, many cases of allergic contact dermatitis on the eyelids occur after several uses of a product. You might see some skin changes around your eyelid, but brush them for a few days until they bother you more. Because your reaction isn't immediate, you might not easily associate it with eyelash extension glue at first. One of the main chemicals in most eyelash glues is formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a confirmed carcinogen by the National Cancer Society and should not be found in the skin, let alone the eye. However, be careful with glues that contain “formaldehyde-free” versions, as they have most likely replaced one toxic chemical with another. Formaldehyde is NOT an ingredient, but is formed as a by-product during the production process by the breakdown of other components of eyelash extension glue. PMMA is used in an eyelash extension adhesive to reinforce cyanoacrylate and therefore to adhere to an eyelash extension.

To truly conquer your eyelash set, you need to know as much as possible about the adhesive for eyelash extensions. Do a quick web search for the term “eyelash extensions” or “false eyelashes”, and you'll find a lot of ads from local salons and breathless articles about the fashion trend. Eyelash ornaments, such as attaching small glass beads or crystals to the eyelashes or, more importantly, attaching small charms to the cables that are placed on the eyelids, pose the same risks as eyelash extensions, not to mention an additional hazard. Cyanoacrylate dries quickly and creates a strong but temporary bond between skin and eyelash extensions.

The treatment for swallowing any eyelash adhesive includes rinsing your mouth and drinking a few sips of water. The FDA has an extensive list of safety tips for beauty treatments, including eyelash extensions, mascara, eye shadow, and other cosmetics. Nowadays, most eyelash extension suppliers exclude latex from their list of ingredients to ensure customer safety. If necessary, semi-permanent extensions can be loosened with an oil-based eye makeup remover or an oily substance such as coconut oil.

A small amount of latex in eyelash glue helps increase the adhesive's resistance to water and oil, which in turn helps create longer retention. The more you protect yourself and protect your health, the more you can continue to bless the world with your incredible set of eyelashes for many years to come. Its drying time is fast and the adhesion is strong, but smoke, odor and irritation can be quite strong for some eyelash clients and can cause an allergy to eyelash extensions.

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