It is usually noticeable on both eyelids 24 to 48 hours after the eyelash appointment. Allergy to eyelash glue does not occur as reddening of the sclera. An allergic reaction to eyelash extensions can occur in one or both eyes. In both cases, it may be more serious in one eye than in the other.
Typical symptoms include redness, itching, and swelling that occur on the eyelid or in the eye itself. If you have experienced an allergic reaction, immediately remove your eyelashes and wash your eyelids with a mild cleanser. If they have been applied professionally, call the eyelash technician. Do not try to remove the glue from the eyelashes with anything greasy, such as makeup remover, as this will only worsen the reaction.
A cold compress, some Benadryl, and a relaxing eye mask can help. If you have swelling, redness, or itching that lasts longer than a day, we recommend that you see a doctor. One of the main causes of glue allergy that many technicians overlook is the health status of the eyelash customer. You can also ask the eyelash technician to give you an eyelash glue without carbon black if you're sensitive to black dye.
On the other hand, eyelash irritations go away quickly, but eyelash allergies worsen over time, as I mentioned initially. If you have an allergy to eyelashes, the situation will go from bad to worse until the eyelash adhesive (or the allergen it contains) is removed from your eyes. Keep in mind that this isn't just limited to customers, but it can also happen to eyelash artists, who are constantly exposed to the vapors of extension glue. You've probably learned that eyelash extension glue cures by reacting to moisture (to be specific, cyanoacrylate does).
Unlike allergies to eyelash extensions, eyelash irritations are the result of poor hygiene, poor application, seasonal allergies, chemical burns, or simply because the eyelash adhesive touched the skin instead of the hair fibers. The symptoms of an allergy to eyelash extension glue are similar to those of other allergies and may include itching, redness, swelling, and burning. If a reaction occurs, the person should remove the eyelash extensions and seek treatment as soon as possible. Just as not everyone is allergic to everything, there is a whole range of allergies to eyelash extensions with diverse symptoms and reactions that occur differently in different people.
Most of the time, the eyelash adhesive triggers an allergic reaction and not the eyelash extension itself. Eyelash extensions generally replace the use of mascara, so a person could use mascara instead to achieve longer, fuller lashes. I can't say for sure if that's the case for you, but most customers who experience the symptoms you've described have an allergic reaction to eyelash adhesive. The Barber and Cosmetology Board recommends that people with certain conditions or risk factors avoid wearing eyelash extensions.