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  1. Hello,
    I tried the self adhesive lash clusters and the next day I looked in the mirror and noticed my eyelids are swollen with no other symptoms until I removed them once removed it itched a little but I just put a wet cold washcloth on my eyelids to hopefully reduce the symptoms after reading on what can cause it ( which said probably from the fibers of the lashes) it said to try mink, silk or human hair. Do you think that still might happen ?

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      It could also be a mild reaction to the adhesive. If it happens again, you should discontinue these types of lashes. You can try magnetic lashes that don’t use any glue.

  2. Hello,

    I have been doing my lashes done for over two years. I changed lash tech (the new one seems to be more experienced and is very clean) and since then, I have depeloped a very bad reaction with very swollen eyes. I know that my ex lash tech used hypoallergic glue adhesive and possibly that’s why I hadn’t had issues. I don’t want to quit my eyelashes, do you think that if I go back to my ex tech everything will be fine or that is going to be foreover?

    1. Hi Karmen,

      If you experienced only a mild temporary irritation, Yes you can try your previous hypoallergic glue adhesive. You should also inform your current lash tech of your reaction that way she can improve her offering and use better glues.

  3. Thanks for this article! I got my lashes done for the first time about 6 weeks ago. I was loving them. I went in for a fill and *that’s* when the allergy appeared — about 36 hours after my fill, BAM, uncontrollable itching, swollen, red lids. Naturally, we removed the lashes.

    I waited a couple of weeks then I went in and tried the “hypoallergenic” lash glue and got a whole new set. Lather, rinse, and repeat – within 36 hours same thing: swelling, itching, redness. I guess lash extensions aren’t for me.

    Here’s my question: in the past I had worn false eyelashes from time to time for a fun evening look. Will that glue now irritate me, too? As you can imagine, I’m hesitant to give it a try just yet… Thanks for all the useful info!

  4. I’ve been having semi permanent lashes for the past year however the last twice I’ve experienced itching upper eye lids on both eyes but mainly my right eye. No redness or swelling only itchiness. Could this be an allergy I’ve just developed? I don’t want to stop having my lashes done so unsure what to do 🙁

    1. Allergies often come with swelling but not always. It’s best to have your lash artist look at it to find out what’s going on. If you’re suspicious of the technique, get another opinion.

  5. Hi I’m getting redness and swelling under my eye lids.would it be the pads or tape I’m allergic to.ive done the patch test with with glue and I’m fine.

    1. Hi Joan, I’ve personally never had a client who had an allergy to tape or under-eye pads. This one is puzzling. Sometimes, it’s still possible to have an allergic reaction despite having a negative patch test. A lot more glue is used during the appointment than during a patch test.

  6. would you please recommend a glue or specific lash for me. Yes, I am allergic (upper lids) and yes, I really, really want to wear the lashes with less allergic reaction.

    1. Hi Amy,

      You could try a sensitive glue. As a lash tech, I use the one Pro Plus Glue from the Lash Collection when I do individual lashes (not sure if that’s the type of lashes you’re looking for). You can also check my article on the best glues here:

  7. Hi, my daughter had fake lashes on and then 3 days later her eyes become very swollen, she was dizzy felt sick muscle aches etc but eyes were not red itchy or crusty. Could this be due to lashes?

  8. Hi Asako
    I recently had lashes put on for the first time. During my visit I noticed that my sinuses started to feel dry and actually burn after a while. I did have a bloodshot eye for 2 days that had resolved. But I continue to have itching and an overall dry feeling of my eyes. I also have been congested with slight runny nose and sneezing ALOT. I wonder if this could be an allergy to products used or if it’s just a coincidence that I may be getting sick. Any insight would be helpful. Thank you.

    1. Hey Stephanie, thanks for your question. This could all be just a coincidence. I wonder how you are doing now? To be sure that its the adhesive causing these symptoms, you would need to be exposed to the adhesive 2 other times. If you have a similar reaction, then unfortunately you have sensitivity to the adhesive. If not, it would indicate that it just coincided with your sickness. You can also ask your stylist to try a different adhesive too!

  9. Hello. My lashes first time getting done and right corner is sore and little irritated. Redness and feels like a bruised corner today. Had them done yesterday. I wear contacts but they were not on during service and haven’t used since. Hurts to put them on. Eye is irritated on one side.

    1. Hy Lynn,

      Generally, an allergic reaction gets worst over time. If the redness doesn’t reduce after 24 hours, you should contact your lash studio so that they can take a look at your lashes. It could be an allergic reaction, but it could also be something as simple as an extension that is misplaced and poking you.

  10. I just got eyelash extensions and my eyes are red and swollen, I really don’t want to remove them is there a hope that the allergy will fade away with time?

    1. Hi Salwa,

      From my experience, if your symptoms do not diminish after the first 24 hours, it’s very unlucky they will go away on their own without removing the irritant.

  11. I’ve been faithfully getting my lashes done for over a year. All of a sudden the last 3 times I have developed a horrible reaction with swollen lids, red irritation. To much to continue doing them again. What else can I do? What product can I tell the professional to order specific for me? I cant hardly stand the thoughts of not getting them done and simply don’t feel or look pretty anymore. Please HELP

    1. Hi Bev,

      I can’t say for sure if that’s your case, but most clients who experience the symptoms you have described have an allergic reaction to the lash adhesive. You should ask your lash tech to use a hypoallergenic lash glue that has low formaldehyde fumes. Also, because of your history, it would be best to do a patch test with this new glue before applying a full set of lashes.

  12. Hello, i was getting lash extensions for well over a year and suddenly developed an allergy to them. Swollen itchy eyes, very irritated. However, i am HIGHLY allergic to black hair dye. I never put the two together until i just read your article. Do you think they could be related?

    1. Hi Ashley,

      More often than not, an allergic reaction is triggered by the lash adhesive and not the lash extension itself. Having said that, it could be possible.

  13. After wearing lash extensions for years, I suddenly got a bad allergic reaction to them, eyes swelling and red, Iv now not worn them for 3years, if I had them done again will I get an allergic reaction do you know, or could it be ok now after leaving it a while? Thanks x

    1. Unfortunately, most allergic reactions are for life once you developed them. If you want to make sure, you should definitely ask your lash tech to do a patch test before your appointment!

    1. Sometimes the body builds up resistance over time. An allergic reaction doesn’t necessarily happen immediately on the first appointment.

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