Proceed with Caution: What to Do About Adhesive Allergies
Adhesive allergies and a lack of proper understanding of why they occur is an increasing problem in the lash extension industry. Both parties, lash artists and clients, are often frustrated and perplexed when a client that has never had a reaction before starts having sensitivities. The bottom-line is that lash allergies get worse the more exposure the client has to adhesive.
Why Every adhesive currently on the market produces a chemical reaction in the bonding process that can irritate eyes. Therefore, each adhesive has a different fume level. Some people will have a bigger reaction to stronger glue. If they’ve had a reaction to acrylic nails in the past, they will also react to lash adhesives. As your body realizes over time that something foreign is being applied to the lash line, your immune system kicks in and creates a compound called histamine. Histamines are basically the evil sister to antihistamines. (You know, those ones that help you feel good during allergy season!) From itching to swelling, histamines being released is what to blame on your puffy eye.
What to Do In Case of Reaction Sadly, once you have an allergic reaction to adhesives for eyelash extensions, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone else to lash you. We’ve included some quick tips to remember if you or your client develops a reaction.
Benadryl: At the first sign of irritation, instruct clients to take a Benadryl before bed. This will help reduce swelling and itchiness by morning.
Switch Adhesives: Different adhesives have different levels of fumes. Although it requires more fills for the client, Bella Lash’s Silver Sensitive Adhesive is a great option for people who have had a slight reaction in the past or overall sensitivity.
If the reaction is more severe: Remove clients eyelashes after 24 hours. Once adhesive has cured fully, most clients will no longer have the itchy feeling or additional irritation. If itching and swelling persists after 24 hours, remove lashes.
24-48 hour after: If the client has an allergic reaction, coconut oil is a great way to soak off the lashes and soothe the skin around the eyes.
After 48 hours: If swelling and itching persist after 48 hours, instruct the client to see a doctor. Their doctor will most likely ask to see the ingredient list for the adhesive.