Dermatologist Advice If You Wear False Eyelashes Often


Everyone knows the beauty of eyelashes but the bad news is, not all of us are blessed with naturally voluminous lashes. This means you can’t be blamed for wearing (whether occasionally or) those lengthy or dramatic lashes that can add instant glamour to any makeup look in a matter of seconds.

Regardless of the quality, whether you opt for something super-natural or your skill level of applying false lashes is top-notch, it’s all about doing the right thing and knowing how to protect your skin as well as your real eyelashes. Because not only there’s an allergic reaction to eyelash glue, the false lashes are capable of pulling the real ones out.

For this reason, we partnered with Forhers to give a dermatologist advisory for those who wear false eyelashes more often. Keep scrolling as you read through and also see how you can avoid eyelash hypotrichosis here.

Allergic reaction to eyelash glue – how to get around this / manage it?

Unfortunately, the treatment for allergies is avoidance. You can’t sidestep it. Once allergic always allergic. Almost all eyelash extensions are glued on with a chemical glue cyanoacrylate. Allergic reactions to lash extensions are a result of a newly developed allergy to this glue. Allergy to the lashes themselves is not the cause.

Cyanoacrylate is the same active ingredients in the commercially available products Krazy Glue and Liquid Band-Aid. Allergy to this glue is uncommon but once it occurs, you can no longer use it.

They pull your real eyelashes out, so how to manage/protect your lashes when wearing them, etc.

Never remove false eyelashes without removing the glue first. Most kits have a glue remover if not use makeup remover. Soak them with the remover and gently remove it with tweezers. This will help prevent the loss of any real lashes.

Hygiene: people re-wear false eyelashes, is there a way to protect oneself?

Remove any glue that is still on the eyelash, rinse it will warm water, do not use detergent on the lashes. The residual left on the lash will irritate the eye. It is best not to reuse false eyelashes.

Can it be itchy when on? Any way to counteract that?

There can be an initial irritation that goes away. This is often because too much glue is used. It could also be the beginning of an allergic reaction and if this is the case will only get more intense. Again, if this occurs with any regularity or increases with repeat use – avoidance is the best strategy.

Some people wear more than one pair at any one time, is there any issue relating to that?

The delicate skin on the eyelid and at the edge of the lid that connects to the mucosal aspect of the eye is easily irritated. The more glue or mechanical irritation from double lashes the more you increase your chances for an irritant or true allergic reaction. I would not recommend this to be done repeatedly.

Any suggestions for those who have to wear false eyelashes?

Less is more and moderation. Allergy to chemicals that touch the skin comes with repeated use and exposure. Allergic reactions to flash eyelashes result from reactions to the glue – so use the least amount of glue necessary, go slow and let it dry a bit before applying, avoid the skin as much as you can and try to apply to the lashes and try to take lash holidays.


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