We all love to look fabulous but looking good should never come at the cost of our health. Contact dermatitis, or contact allergies, are all too common with beauty-related products such as foundation, mascara, and even eyelash extensions. Isn’t there some way to avoid the itchiness, redness, and inflammation? Just because you’re allergic to one product doesn’t mean you’re allergic to another, and sometimes, it’s the application process that’s causing the problem, not the product. By paying close attention to the type of products you’re using and how they’re applied, you’ll be able to mitigate, if not eliminate, the symptoms of allergies. Let’s check out some ways to prevent allergies with eyelash extensions, so you can start wearing your extensions and other beauty products without fear.
The Cause of Allergens
If you’re experiencing an allergic reaction to your eyelash extensions, you’ll want to pinpoint the cause. The source could be the product itself, the tools used, or something else entirely. In most cases, people are allergic to the glue, or adhesive, that attaches to the eyelashes. If the glue leaks onto the eyelid or into the eye, it can cause a reaction. Formaldehyde, which can lead to keratoconjunctivitis, is known for causing allergic reactions. If the problem isn’t formaldehyde, you could be allergic to lead or benzoic acid, which is found in certain cosmetic products. If you’re allergic to metal, the tools your cosmetologist uses could irritate your skin or eyes. Cleanliness matters, too. If the tools being used aren’t properly sanitized, you might be exposed to a build-up of bacteria. If the products you’re using are free of allergens but you’re still experiencing a reaction, it could be because of old, leftover product on the brush, tweezers, or other tools.
How To Prevent Allergies
So, what’s the best way to prevent allergies with eyelash extensions? Whether you’re the cosmetologist or the person getting the extensions, you have an important role to play in preventing allergies. If you’re getting your eyelashes done, make sure you go to a licensed cosmetologist. They’ll be able to safely perform the procedure and check the salon for general guidelines. A good cosmetologist will keep their products clean. Washing any tools related to the application process, including tweezers, is necessary for a safe, allergen-free experience. Most cosmetologists will keep different products on hand. If you’re worried about allergies, tell them. People allergic to animals should avoid mink, fox, and other fur-based extensions, while those allergic to metal should avoid contact with certain tools. A trained cosmetologist will work to accommodate your specific needs. Some people are more likely to react to extensions than others. If you fall into the following categories, it’s best to avoid getting extensions entirely:
- If you have alopecia;
- If you have trichotillomania;
- If you are receiving radiation or chemotherapy treatment;
- If you have an allergy to latex or any ingredients present in the adhesive or lashes; or
- If you are already experiencing inflammation or irritation in the eyes.