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.

Eyelash Extension Adhesive and Formaldehyde

In recent eyelash extension adhesive news…..

As a trained, certified and licensed eyelash enhancement studio, we at EyeDeux take this “Xtreme-ly” serious and thought we should share.

Notes from Jo Mousselli, Registered Nurse, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Xtreme Lashes:

Does Xtreme Lashes add formaldehyde to its eyelash extension adhesives?
Statement 1
“We DO NOT add formaldehyde to ANY of our adhesives. Furthermore, our FlexFusion Adhesive is both hypoallergenic and medical-grade.”

Statement 2
“Formaldehyde is NOT an added ingredient in any Xtreme Lashes adhesives. Our adhesives are made using the same properties and ingredients found in medical-grade adhesives. Medical-grade adhesives are used by surgeons to close wounds without stitches, a practice called suture-less wound closure. Additionally, Our FlexFusion line of adhesives are hypoallergenic, medical grade, and manufactured at a US-based, FDA registered facility that specializes in medical adhesives.

There is a very, very low chance that during the degradation process, after the drop of adhesive has been dispensed from the bottle, a miniscule amount of formaldehyde ‘may’ be produced. This is true of all cyanoacrylate adhesives- including those used in the medical industry to close wounds without sutures. Please note that we teach our Lash Stylists to change the adhesive drop every 15 minutes and to discard the bottle every three months after opening. Having said this, if formaldehyde is released, the chance is very, very small and the amount is very, very minuscule.”

Do eyelash extension adhesives or eyelash extension applications cause infections?
“Infections are caused by pathogens: infectious microorganisms such as bacterias, viruses, fungus/yeast, and parasites. Xtreme Lashes adhesives are developed under strict sanitary and hygienic conditions. Additionally, our Lash Stylists are trained to perform safe, sanitary, and hygienic application techniques, using single-use disposable application products to prevent contamination and the spread of infectious organisms from one person to another through cross-contamination.

The only application tools that are NOT disposable are the tweezers, scissors, and adhesive trays which can be disinfected and sanitized with solutions such as Barbicide®. Furthermore, we train our Lash Stylists to segment lash extensions from lash trays, using designated clean scissors, and to apply the lash segments to a clean and single-use disposable sponge prior to the application to prevent cross-contamination.”

In addition to the information above, please feel free to post this link of our Health and Safety page on our website for additional information on this matter:
http://www.xtremelashes.com/NC_eyelash_extensions_health_safety.aspx

Schedule your appointment today at one of our EyeDeux studios located in Virginia Beach and Yorktown, Virginia.

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.

Getting through Allergy Season

Yes Ladies & Gents, it’s that time again. Spring has sprung and allergy season is blooming. Watery eyes, scratchy throats, runny noses, sneezing, nasal congestion…how are we Lash Lovers to deal with all of this?!

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Keep your eyelash extensions dry-have tissue on hand. If you must use eye drops, be sure the drop go directly into the eye. Be careful not to rub or pat too much with the tissue. This will leave cotton fibers on your extensions. Gently dab the corners of your eyes to “catch” the tears.

Avoid rubbing your eyes-this is when your medicine may be a huge help. IF your lash line (the area where your natural lashes and skin meet, also where you apply eyeliner), use a clean mascara brush and gently brush that area.

Avoid touching your face! Have you seen the pollen build-up on your cars? We open the car doors and sometimes don’t notice the pollen on the handles.

I have personally stocked up on my over the counter meds, I love my purple XtremeLashes extensions and want to keep them looking as fabulous as I can during this season.

How do you, who wear faux lashes cope with the allergies?