Allergies & Allergic Reactions: Part 3

Part 3 of Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Eyelash Lid Irritation

Extensions themselves can cause irritation of the eyelid skin because they sometimes rub against the eyelid skin while the client is sleeping.  The thicker the extensions, the more irritation they can cause in sensitive individuals.  To rule out mechanical (i.e. non chemical) irritation, try switching to the thinner extensions (.15 mm).  If the symptoms are reduces or eliminated, you can conclude that the adhesive is not the cause.  People with sensitive skin are more likely to suffer eyelid irritation from the friction of thick lash extensions rubbing against the lid.  Make sure the extensions are placed perfectly at the lash line.  If they are too close, they will rub against the lid and cause itching, redness and swelling.  If they are too far away, they’re able to move around too much, which causes more friction and irritation when sleeping.

Eyelash extensions should NOT touch the skin, the extensions should be applied about 1 mm away from the lid.  During a ReLash/Fill appointment, the extensions that have grown beyond 2 mm should be removed and a new extension is applied.  Within the last year there have been more options for thinner lashes, such as .07 and .05.  At EyeDeux, we use a variety of diameters to customize the look and feel for each person.  For a free consultation and to schedule an appointment, click HERE or call us at 757.742.3389.

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Allergies & Allergic Reactions: Part 2

Part 2 of Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions

Medical Tape

A large portion of the population (up to 15%) has severe allergies to medical tape and band aids. Many of these people are not aware of the allergy until they have lash extensions applied. The under eye stickers are similar to medical tape and the skin around the eyes is much more sensitive and sensitive than the skin on the rest of the body… This allergy can appear at any time. Symptoms can develop after years of using lash extensions or they can appear the first time the product is used. To rule out tape allergies, use no stickers or tape on these clients. For most people, gel pass are a good substitute, for others, a plastic mascara shield… Tape allergies squally present themselves to the whole eye area, not just redness and swelling along the upper lash line.

Please inform your certified lash stylist of ANY irritation during the eyelash extensions application and/or after you leave the studio. If you experience this during the application, your stylist should be able to stop and either adjust the tape/ pads or replace with a different material to make the appointment more relaxing. If you experience this AFTER the appointment, contact your lash stylist so that they may record this in your file and use another material during your next appointment.

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Eyelash Enhancements, Allergies and Allergic Reactions…

While reading posts from fellow lash stylists around the world on Facebook I decided to share this important post. Those who are not part of that private online group, fellow lash stylists and anyone who is currently and/or thinking about wearing eyelash enhancements, this should be read:

Allergic reactions are very complex because they can be caused by many different factors relating to the eyelash extensions and they can manifest themselves at any time and in many different ways. Some people experience redness and swelling of the eyelid close to the lash line. Some people have diffused redness and swelling all around the general eye area. Most of the time the redness and swelling is accompanied by itching.

There are several different causes of reactions and it is important to be able to distinguish a true allergic reaction from simple irritation. Irritation also has several different causes and differs from a true allergy in that it does not cause the body to produce histamine. Sometimes the only way to distinguish between an allergy and irritation is to see if the symptoms respond to anti-histamine medications such as Benedryl. Because we cannot give medical advice to our clients, we sometimes have to refer them to their family doctor if we suspect that they may be having a true allergic reaction. So how can an eyelash specialist recognize the causes and symptoms of a true allergic reaction? The following is a list of variables that must be considered:

1. Medical tape
2. Cyanoacrylate
3. Eyelash lid irritation
4. Seasonal allergies
5. Eye irritation
6. Inflammatory skin conditions

Please check back to this blog on further explanations of each point. At EyeDeux we take the profession of certified and licensed lash stylists seriously and want to assure or clients new and seasoned that we have their best interest at heart.