Is It A Lash Allergy Or Something Else?

15/04/2022 Client concerns
Is It A Lash Allergy Or Something Else?

For professional lash artists, it’s always upsetting to hear about eye irritation and discomfort experienced by the client. As our clients’ comfort and safety come first, it’s always important to recognize and find the cause of eye irritation. Oftentimes, it is difficult to distinguish a lash allergy from a reaction to the glue fumes or incorrect pad placement. Let’s explore what is a lash allergy and if our client is experiencing an allergic reaction or something else.


What Is A Lash Allergy?


In the fabulous world of lash extensions, it’s not uncommon for lash lovers to experience swelling, red eyeballs, and irritation after their sessions. This is what we call a lash allergy. Allergies occur when our immune system encounters foreign substances and responds with hypersensitivity reactions. 

When it comes to lash allergic reactions, our clients may experience hypersensitivity to the ingredients used during the lash extensions appointment. Others may be allergic to chemical compounds, mostly Cyanoacrylate, a strong material found in the adhesives. Asking your clients about their allergies beforehand is a great way to avoid such unfavorable reactions in the future. 


Improperly Placed Lash Pads


Along with adhesive chemical compounds, a situation with improperly placed lash pads is a common culprit of allergic reactions. When the lash pads aren’t placed correctly, there is a risk of the adhesive getting into our client’s eye and causing a chemical burn. Or, when the pad was placed too close to the eye, thus rubbing and scratching it, this can lead to physical eyeball injury. Thus, we advise always checking the lash pad placement before beginning the application process. 

One way we can recognize a chemical burn from a typical lash allergy is by time. Chemical burns occur very quickly and cause instant discomfort, while allergic reactions may take up to 3 days to develop!


Reaction To Glue Fumes


Another important factor that may cause an allergic reaction, is the powerful glue fumes that come into close contact with the eyes. While reaction to the glue fumes may be rare, some of our customers can experience watery eyes, itchiness, and irritation from the vapors. 

Reducing glue fumes and using high-quality adhesives are the best way to tackle these allergic reactions. Eyelash extension glues with low fume levels and formulas, such as the Stacy Lash Extra Strong Evolution, can be the solution to avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals and powerful adhesive fumes. 

After all, it’s our duty as professional lash artists and technicians to take care and look after our client’s comfort, well-being, and overall appearance!