No, they are not common. Usually, the process of getting lash extensions is a relaxing one. If you believe you are experiencing the signs of an allergic reaction continue reading and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an oversensitivity of the immune system to something that many people have normal interactions with daily. Symptoms of an allergy to the adhesive may include red puffy eyes as well as itchiness. These symptoms will last until the adhesive is removed and can worsen with time and exposure. Think of somebody you know with a peanut allergy – each time they are exposed to peanuts their reaction gets worse and worse. This is because our bodies’ immune system is constantly adapting and building up antibodies to fight off the allergen. The more your body is exposed to the allergen the stronger and more dramatic the allergic reaction. For this reason, you should not put lashes on clients with prior allergic reactions to the adhesive.
What is an irritation?
An irritation can mirror many of the same symptoms of an allergy, so it can be very hard to decipher what is happening. Irritations usually stem from the fumes given off by the adhesive as it solidifies or dries. Individual gas molecules of cyanoacrylate leave the adhesive and can cause red puffy eyes and make the sclera (the white part of your eye) red and itchy. The difference is that irritations usually don’t last longer than 24 hours and should get significantly better as time passes. One exception to this is if your client has seasonal allergies. Lash extensions can contribute to the symptoms of the seasonal allergies when you already have very sensitive, irritated eyes.