Why have i suddenly become allergic to eyelash extensions?

It is often the body's reaction to the vapors released from the adhesive as it cures. These irritations are likely to go away quickly and become milder over time. Irritations can also occur when a client experiences seasonal allergies or if their eyes tend to be more sensitive overall. Sudden allergic reactions, as well as some general allergic reactions, are known as “contact dermatitis.” In most cases, cyanoacrylate (the main component of eyelash glue) is known to be the substance that causes glue allergy.

An allergic reaction to eyelash glue is caused by an ingredient in the glue being used. Whether for eyelash extensions, such as cyanoacrylate or strappy eyelashes, it is a protein found in latex or formaldehyde. When that ingredient contacts the skin, or even close to it, it can cause redness, swelling, and itching. If you've ever had an allergic reaction to anything else, such as latex gloves or band-aids, you're more likely allergic to eyelash glue.

There are a few things you can do if you're allergic to glue. The immune system protects the body from infections, viruses and diseases. In some people, substances such as cyanoacrylate cause the production of antibodies called immunoglobulins. These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals and cause symptoms of swelling, itching and a viscous discharge in the area that has been exposed to the allergen (the eyes).

It could be an allergy the first time you put on your eyelash extensions, or you have normal extensions when you're allergic to them one day. Allergies to eyelash extensions can be triggered by the body's hypertensive reaction against any type of cosmetic product used by the eyelash technician. In addition, beauty salons should only import and use safe, formaldehyde-free eyelash extensions to ensure the safety of their clients under all circumstances. Asako (left) and Naoko (right) are certified eyelash stylists and the owners of Divine Lashes, a site for eyelash lovers to meet and learn more about eyelash extensions and lifts.

While a small percentage of customers develop an allergic reaction to glue for eyelash extensions, this allergy in and of itself is not particularly dangerous. You've probably learned that glue for eyelash extensions heals by its reaction to moisture (specifically, cyanoacrylate does).

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