Wednesday Wink – Your Game Plan for When Allergies Interfere with Eyelash Extensions

Allergy Game Plan Eyelash Extensions

Recently, I had to remove lashes from several long-time lash clients. After three to four years of wearing extensions, they have developed sensitivities. This is such a difficult problem to solve. For most of us who have been lashing for a while, we see this happen from time to time.

Results from the Professional Lash & Brow Artists’ Industry Survey, as seen on this infographic, show that more than 50 percent of us have had clients who experienced an allergic reaction in the past 12 months. That’s a lot!

When it comes to allergies, there is really no way around it… We try glue alternatives, but for some clients there is no such thing as a completely allergy free glue. In these cases, we need an exit strategy for ourselves, and our clients. It’s hard – we get emotionally involved with our clients, we listen when they share their life stories, we walk through their family celebrations, holidays, and other personal details of their lives. In a sense, they become the family members of our lash world.

Facing Reality

When we can no longer offer the service they love so much, we – and they – will grasp at straws to keep their lashes on. I have tried removing lashes, giving them a break for a few weeks or months, and of course using a “sensitive” glue. I’ve tried many of these glues, and trust me here, if your client has had a bad reaction to glue, in some cases “sensitive” is not going to be the answer.

Just recently, I did a little testing on these three ladies. I washed their lashes, applied lashes with sensitive glue, and dried and washed the lashes at the end as well. Needless to say, the result was the same. Swollen lids, itchy eyes, and much discomfort. We had to do a second lash removal on all three ladies.

These women were so addicted to their lashes, two of them went to another lash artist without revealing their previous reactions. They thought I was using “bad” glue. To their surprise, they had the same reaction. So, it wasn’t “bad” glue after all. Unfortunately for them, they chose not to believe me when I explained they were no longer able to wear lashes.

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Creating An Exit Strategy

I’m now creating my own exit strategy for these situations. I will be offering an “exit bag“. It will include lash serum, lash wash and fluffy, and pretty strip lashes that they can wear on a daily basis. I will give them a lesson on how to apply the lashes at home. It’s not exactly what your client wants, but it’s a short-term solution while their own lashes grow out strong and healthy. We, as lash artists, can’t wait for the day our sensitive clients can again wear lashes.

Have you experienced a client allergic reaction? Let me know how you handled it in the comments section below, and tell me what you think about my exit bag idea!


Maryann Matykowski

Maryann has an accomplished, 30+ year background in the beauty industry. As a cosmetologist she opened her first salon in ’83. She has specialized as an educator since 2006. Maryann knows what it takes to create successful salon businesses and is here to share her experience with you.

Disclaimer! Opinions expressed on the Glad Lash Blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Glad Lash Inc. Content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. You should always seek professional advice before making decisions that could affect your business or clients.

85 thoughts on “Wednesday Wink – Your Game Plan for When Allergies Interfere with Eyelash Extensions”

  1. Angelina says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    I have been getting lash extensions for years and developed a sensitivity to the glue as well.

    Desperate to keep my lashes I found a way to get over the sensitivity …

    The night before my appointment I take a Claritin allergy pill, and immediately before and after my lashes are applied my lash artist applies a cortisone cream (purchased over the counted at Walgreens). The results are no itching and no redness ! It works!

    You may have to reapply the cream once or twice after your appointment but by the second day I usually don’t need to, this method works and has allowed me to keep my lashes.

    Try it with your clients ?

    1. GladLash says:

      Hi Lisa, glad you found a solution for yourself to keep your lashes. We as Salon Professionals climb a slippery slope on recommending any kind of medications. I like to have an Eye Dr. at hand to recommend any client to if they are having a reaction.
      Better to be safe here. Thanks for your input.

    2. Hi Lisa,

      Applying an over the counter cortisone cream is not a good long term solution for clients. The cream will over time thin the eyelid. There is a steroid that is safe for the eyes that’s called Dexamethasone. I would recommend you talk over your protocol with an ophthalmologist to make sure that your practice is medically sound. We work with a top rated doctor (teaches at USC) in our area to come up with our protocol and at first, we thought of what you did, but he strongly stated that is not good for the client. That is when we came up with the Dexamethasone option with him. We have many clients who are allergic to the glue and we just refer them to a doctor for the prescription.

      Please look into ti.

      1. Carrol Parris says:

        What is the doctor’s name so that we can contact?

      2. Shan says:

        I am a oral surgery assistant and had been getting lashes on for couple years. At some point my eyes started to itch, be red, and swell! Knowing that we use dexamethazone/decadron in Surgery to help reduce swelling after a procedure , I went straight to ER and took a dose to the arm get my swelling to go down. It worked beautifully. I was also given a 6 day course of pill form steroid to continue after the shot wore off.
        Yes, the steroid works BUT steriods are not great to take long term by any means. They weaken your immune system, can cause weight gain, theycan also cause a type of swelling around your face, along with other side effects.
        I just wanted to say that everyone should research and weigh the consequences of taking Rx medications just to have eyelashes.

        1. Hemisha patel says:

          Would’ u recommend to use dexamethasone for lash extensions?its a eye drops version!is it safe for the eyes?

  3. Paola says:

    Awesome article and idea for the exit bags! Will you charge for them?

    1. GladLash says:

      I will address charging for Exit Bags in a upcoming post! Look for it to answer your question in more depth.

  4. kelley schindler says:


    I had the same issue with longtime client it was mysterious because the sensitivity was under her skin pain around her eye cheekbone area. Nothing was swollen, itchy or burning just like a sinus pain. happened once before in the summer time and then she was ok did lashes aging for a year then happened second time. Do you think the organic glue I’ve seen would work or she will not be able to use extensions again?

    1. GladLash says:

      I’m not sure why your client has random reactions. Let me know if you get to the bottom of the mystery. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Robin says:

    I love the idea of the exit bag!
    I have had clients develop allergic reactions after several applications of lash extensions. Most of them have been fine with the use of my sensitive glue. A couple of them have removed them at home even though I tell my clients to contact me immediately if they have any irritations so I may remove them properly. These types are the first to tell someone that lash extensions ruined their lashes, and we as professionals know its because they removed them at home.
    I agree it is sad when a client has to stop wearing lash extensions but I do offer other services in the salon and they can continue coming in.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. GladLash says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Robin!

  6. Tammy says:

    I’m a brand new lash artist so this information is so helpful. I’m sure it depends on the client but will they ever be able to wear lash extensions again? I like your exit bag idea too!

    1. GladLash says:

      Hi Tammy,
      Our clients can get very disappointed when they learn they have had an allergic reaction to the adhesive. At this time there isn’t a safe alternative. Strip lashes will be a good option.


  7. Kelsey says:

    Love this! “Lash exit bag” is a great idea!

  8. Maribeth says:

    This is a nice idea, but so if a client ever develops an allergic reaction they can never ever wear lashes?? Or should they wait a few months?

    1. GladLash says:

      Hi Maribeth,
      I know how hard it can be to break the news to your client they are no longer a candidate for lash extensions. It’s a good time to transition to a nice set of strip lashes. Not the same of course but a safe solution.

  9. Diane says:

    My experience is they are not a good candidate for lash extensions and be honest. Some people just can’t wear them.

  10. Sandra godfrey says:

    Love the “exit” idea! Thank you!

  11. Tessa says:

    This could not have come at a better time. The timing is a little freaky actually! I just had a girl with a reaction & had used “sensitive” adhesive. Even did a patch test before hand applying several extensions to both eyes. She had no reaction from the test. I wonder if those that are sensitive could handle a lesser amount of extensions and be fine. I feel like I need to get to the bottom of this. Are there any other sites or articles out there to research?

    1. GladLash says:

      Unfortunately Tessa, there are no other safe alternatives at this time. Once you develop a reaction, they just seem to increase in severity. I am waiting for the day we can get a truly allergy free adhesive. There are plenty of articles on reactions and causes. You wont have to dig too deep to find them.

  12. Vivianne Rosenberg says:

    Thank you so much for your blog
    I am an lash artist for Vida Emanuel European Day spa in Beverly Hills Ça.
    And I too, have developed severe allergies to eyelash extensions. I’m so sad about it. As far as my clients thank god i haven’t yet have the mis fortune to to say “you can’t wear them any more.” For myself I’ve treating my eyelids with a small amount of cortisone cream and over the counter prescription medicine to fight off scratching and dry eyes. It’s been months and I’m so tired of wearing lash bands.”
    Thank you for reading my comments
    All my best,

    1. GladLash says:

      Thanks for sharing your story Vivianne!

  13. Nikki says:

    I love the exit bag idea! Great article!

  14. Lisa says:

    I have been doing lashes for six years now and also have had lashes my self for over 5 years, I recently in the last six months have developed an allergy to the glue as well.
    Even though I recommend it is the best to remove the lashes and stop getting extensions it is very hard for me as well and I have tried every glue out there. What I have found for people like me who are just stubborn and don’t want to stop getting extensions is putting benedryl cream on the lids after I get them done and for three days after. It helps a lot and by the third day the allergy is gone.
    It’s not a “fix” per say but it is a remedy that has worked for me:)

  15. Lucinda Splitstone says:

    Thank you so much for your insight about an exit bag. I have done lashes for 7 years and have had clients that have reactions to adhesives. I think I will use this idea but I think I will put in magnetic lashes instead of strip lashes because if they are allergic to adhesive they will most likely be allergic to the glue in the strip lashes. Thank you again.

  16. Katherine says:

    Yes, thank you for this article it was information that I have not experienced. I used to do lashes at a salon spa that I worked at. I loved doing them. Then I went out on my own & could not incorporate that service within my regular work day. I am thinking about doing them again down the road but now I see that I will have every client fill out a form that gives them the information on possible sensitiveity with long term use. I like for my clients to have as much info in the beginning of working with them. I find that it’s so much easier to have an exit if need be. Also when I have new. Clients that are inquisitive about negative results I can easily let them know about past experiences because it is not a negative thing. I’ve been in the industry 16yrs & I love every aspect of it. Thank you to all of the people who have shared their experiences as well, this was very informative.

  17. Renee says:

    Thank- you everyone for your input. I’ve been lashing for many years and have tried a lot of the ideas you have shared. Using
    Quality products cleaning lashes when glue has bonded,allergy eye drops,, etc. helps some clients plus Making sure you do not apply lash too closely to their skin. Alas , most clients who developed sensitivity need an exit plan and a lesson in strip lashes or magnetic lashes in a gift bag with or without a charge is the nicest for our extension allergic clients. I am all ears for any other remedies!

  18. Sam Sandahl says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have had this happen a few times now~
    One client even went to someone else and had them do volume lashes after she had a reaction to my classic lashes. I told her I couldn’t keep doing it and she got upset and went somewhere else. She ended up in the emergency room and had to get an allergy shot…it was so bad. This helps immensely.

    1. GladLash says:

      Hi Sam, thanks for sharing! You did the right thing in informing your customer she wasn’t the right candidate and hopefully she now knows you were helping her out all along.

  19. V.G. says:

    Thank you. I’m new to lashing and this is very helpful to know. I love your blog. Very informative.

  20. Nicole says:

    I developed an allergy and had my lashes removed. I then spoke with another lash artist who uses latex and formaldehyde free adhesive and I’ve been great ever since.

    1. allison goldman says:

      What is the glue called?

  21. Colleen says:

    I have been getting extensions for a year now and suddenly, 2 days after my eyes swell and the skin around my lids gets dry and flakey, this lasts for a day or two and goes away, then they are fine, i am so sad because I love them, I was going to let them grow out and take a break for a few months hoping it does the trick!!

  22. Tenaya Eakin says:

    I developed a lash allergy after years of wearing them. I was absolutely devastated!! I just recently heard that acupuncture can help. More specifically, NAET: Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)

    I just completed a series of three treatments of this procedure. I am going in 3/7/18 to test a few lashes and see if the sensitivity still exists. I will let you all know!! I just want to wear them again so bad!

  23. Morgan says:

    So I’ve been getting these reactions, but it goes away after a couple days.. what would happen if I just kept getting my lashes filled regardless?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Morgan,

      This is a tricky situation. As much as you love your lashes, they may not be loving you back. It sounds like you may be developing an allergy to the glue. The more exposure, the greater risk of a full blown reaction. This is very uncomfortable and avoidable. If your sensitivity persists, you should have them removed. This would be a good time to transition to a Lash Lift and Tint.

      I wish you the best!

  24. Korin Frey says:

    When a client develops an allergy and you have to remove the lashes do you refund them the price of the initial full set?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Korin,

      That’s a tough one. I know we work hard to do our very best for our clients and deserve to be compensated for our time. Client consent forms come in handy in this situation. You can spell out your policy on your consent form. 50% refund is acceptable, a voucher for a different service is also a good option. I always feel being flexible is the most professional. It’s up to you, but remember how clients feel when they leave your business. We always want them to feel important and respected.

  25. Cristal says:

    I have a question, I am a brand new lash artist and every time I do a new set, the next day I have allergies, like a runny nose, sneezing. I love doing lashes and it really bums me out that I get some kind of allergic reaction. Any tips?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Cristal,

      I totally understand. The same thing happens to me when I am lashing back to back. Make sure you have great ventilation and perhaps a fan to move the air around. I have found a mask with a charcoal filter works well when I just have to get through a busy day. Let us know what worked best for you.

  26. Dorothy Catrinta says:

    Hey there

    So i recently took my eye lashes off. My left eye is still a bit puffy and irritated. Is there anything i should do?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Dorothy,

      We as lash artists are sad to hear about any discomfort our clients experience. Your lids may be sensitive from the removal or just seasonal allergies irritating them.
      If you aren’t seeing a significant improvement in a day or two, you should see your physician.

  27. Debbie says:

    I have had lashes for a few months, they started out great! Over the last few fills I have developed a definite irritation. It affects my top lid ( gets chaffed and vert itchy) as well as the bottom lid, inner corner of the eye and around the entire eye area. My question is could it actually be the eyelash glue remover that is used causing the problem and not the glue? I know I experience burning in my eyes when they apply the remover to change out lashes.

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Debbie,

      I am sad to have to give you the news. You have developed a sensitivity to the glue. If you continue to keep getting fills, you are exposing yourself to the irritant. Unfortunately it will not get better, more than likely worse. My advice is to have them removed and find some pretty strip lashes to enhance your look.

  28. Kerri says:

    Thank you for this! I unfortunately am one of those clients that religiously got extensions and fill ins for a year and a half. I took a break from them for a few months and went to a new place that was closer to me. I did not love the new place and that was the first time i had a reaction but only in one eye. I chalked it up to this place not being the nicest. I went back to my first place (I wish I never went anywhere else) but had more of reaction this time. It subsided within a day after icing and washing my face many times. I waited for all of the lashes from the first place to fall out and went back to my original place for a fresh new set and unfortunately had another reaction, even using sensitive glue. Is it time to just accept defeat? Also, do you think the second place i tried which was not the best triggered the reactions? And if it goes away on its own without removal is that an irritation or allergy? Thank you! Also- per my own exit strartegy, can you recommend a serum?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Kerri,

      So sorry that you went through this experience. In any consultation with a new client, we should always review the things that can become challenges. Allergic reactions should be one of those things discussed. Unfortunately, many lash extension clients have experienced the same. We tend to want to think there was something done incorrectly or bad product was used.
      Not to say there may be lash techs who aren’t as skilled or lack proper education, allergies do occur out of repeated exposure to the chemicals in the glue. Some clients can wear lashes for long periods of time with no issues. Others develop a reaction. At this time, there is no glue suitable once you have developed this sensitivity. Unfortunately, you will not be a good candidate for future lash extensions. Hopefully in the future there will be products for those who at this time not able to tolerate the glue.
      Glad Lash has incredible strip lashes that can be a great option.

  29. sarah Alexander says:

    Thanks for the very informative post, but I have to disagree. I have owned my own successful lash business for over 10 years and while it is true that some clients can never wear lashes again after developing a sensitivity, most actually can. I have found a few different sensitive formula options that over 50 percent of those clients have switched to with no more problems. While I never want to jeopardize the clients comfort and safety, many of them are very appreciative when you at least try something else before just turning them away. If I can keep them in fabulous lashes it is worth the extra effort to find a glue they can use safely!

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Sarah,

      Looks like you have gone the extra mile to find solutions for some of your clients. Once my client has a adverse reaction, we decide together to discontinue the service. Clients always come first. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    2. Lindsay says:

      Could you tell what glues you found better?

  30. Celine Gaston says:

    I have developed an allergy sensitivity to eyelash extensions over the past 10 months (even with sensitive glue). My question is — can I do a lash lift instead?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Celine,

      You should be able to do a lash lift. Your Lash Technician should screen you for sensitivities before any new service. The ingredients in the products are different, so this service may be a better option.

  31. Lusayla says:

    I have been getting lash extensions/fills for the past 6 months with no issues. During every single appointment, I am very comfortable and have had no problems with glue/any other lash related product in the past. Everything is sterile, good ventilation in the room, new glue/same brand each time, etc. Recently, however, (out of nowhere) I have developed some type of reaction. I am guessing it is the glue because my lash line in particular was becoming very itchy and red. During my most recent fill experience, my eye lids swelled just a little on the top only. My actual eyes were fine, just the lids were slightly swollen with some dry skin and itching on my lash line. It was a bit uncomfortable and I decided to get them removed. I have never had an issue like this before and find it hard to believe that I can randomly develop an allergic reaction. I did lots of research (because I am sad to be without the extensions and I’ve never been allergic to anything before) and am thinking of taking a break from the lashes. I still want to try them later on in the future. I found something called “blepharitis” and was thinking that I got it from a complication of the extensions. It has the same symptoms as what I had (and believed to be a reaction) and is caused my buildup of bacteria. Maybe I wasn’t cleaning them good enough or my lash artist used too much glue? Do you think it is worth risking it again in the future with sensitive glue, and being extra sure the adhesive is cured before I leave my appointment? Maybe earlier issue wasn’t a reaction, but an irritation as if some glue got in my eye or too much adhesive was used, etc.

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Lusayla,

      As much as I would like to tell you different, it does sound like you have sensitivities. Each and every time you have your lashes done, you are being exposed to the chemical that you are sensitive to. Give your lashes and skin a rest and before getting a full set with sensitive glue, have a patch test. Wait 78 hours to be sure you have no reaction. If after getting lashes again, you have another reaction, you’re going to have to stop. The reactions can get severe. So use caution, and take care of your lashes.

  32. Sharie Withers says:

    Thank you for the most information I have found anywhere online on this topic. I have one differing symptom though … My irritation seems to be only in one eye. It is on the inner eyelid of my left eye only. And it does not show up until at least the day after this service. About 18 to 24 hours later I will get red itchy scaling and minor swelling. But only on one my left eye. Ever seen a weird case like me before? How in the world can I be allergic on one side and not the other?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hello Sharie,

      My best answer in your situation is, the irritation on one side is probably the side you sleep on. Your Lashes May be being crushed or laying on your lid. You could try a sleep mask to avoid crushing your lashes.
      Let us know if this helps remedy your situation.

    2. Rebekah says:

      My lash extension sensitivity started in one eye too… I wanted to attribute it to something else, but eventually it spread to both eyes. Sorry for your loss! I’m still mourning the loss of my lashes as well. 🙁

  33. Linn lak says:

    I must say great stories. I thought it was me alone but I am not alone. All stories read is me too. What a drag to know people like us with reaction can’t have their eyelashes done anymore. This was one of the best thing ever for women and do hope there will be some sort of new development in the future. There’s always new technology ideas coming out and I am one is waiting for it I hate doing false eyelashes it embarrass you a lot. I feel for all the stories shared. Linn

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hello Linn,

      Let’s hope that with the popularity of lash extensions, someone will come up with a glue that is non irritating and those who have had allergic reactions can again wear lashes. Until then, try and keep your lashes healthy and maybe try a lash Lift and tint.

  34. Lyndel says:

    I am curious – with the Exit strategy replacing lash extensions with strip lashes – won’t the glue of the strip lashes cause the same allergic reaction?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:


      The glue used for strip lashes has much different compounds and ingredients. Most people do not have a reaction to the strip lash glue. So strip lashes are a good alternative.
      We all hope there will be a glue in the future for sensitive, so everyone can enjoy lash extensions.

      1. Lyndel says:

        As a recent victim of eyelash extension allergic response – which strip lash glue is the best to use – for eyes proven to have an allergic response, but also maximising the length of the hold / adhesive quality of the glue?

        1. Glad Lash says:

          Hello Lyndel,

          So sorry you had to experience a reaction. Very uncomfortable to say the least.
          You can do your research and always patch test before using any glue. I would try a clear lash glue first. There are many options on the market. A quick google search will show some options. GladLash offers lash glue that is vegan. Try and find one that will work for you.

          Best of Luck!

  35. Kat says:

    Hi everyone !

    This is probably the best website I found that is super helpful & informative ! I was getting my lashes done for a 1+ years now with out an issues but after taking a 6 month break and going to a new person I developed a pretty bad allergic reaction less than 24 hours. I got them removed about an hr within the of the flare up. After a day or two the reaction went away with consistently taking benedryl, ice cold packs and hydrocortisone cream. Thought it was the glue as well, so after a month I went back to my original lady but this time the reaction was really severe and I almost ended up in the ER. It has been 2 days and my swelling is barely subsiding, the aftermath is so no worth it!

    After extensive research, anyone can develop this allergy out of the blue just like allergy season with pollen or being lactose later on in life. The main chemical that causes the reaction is cyanoacrylate which is found in all lash adhesive glue, no matter if it is sensitive or not. The reaction gets worse at every attempt b/c the body will remember and attack harder than ever.

    I’m one of the very sad ones to not be able to get lashes, but after this second time it was torture removing them due to all the pus my lashes produced! If anyone develops a crust of pus, it will take longer for the removal solution to penetrate and remove the glue & lash.

    Hope this info helps !

    I pray one day a lash adhesive that is allergy free!

  36. Marie says:

    THE EXIT PACKAGE FOR ALLERGY SUFFERERS – Won’t the adhesive for Strip Lashes have the same allergic reaction as the glue for the eyelash extensions? That is – do both products have Cyanoacrylate in them? (or the Carbon Black used to pigment the adhesive)? as this is what I have read – causes allergic reactions (when the glue touches the skin). I understand that nearly every lash glue on the market has Cyanoacrylates in them?

    1. Glad Lash says:

      Hi Marie,

      You are correct in some instances. Do your research before purchasing or recommending a glue after a reaction. There are good glues for strip lashes that are better for sensitive eyes. GladLash has several options that can work well here.
      A clear glue will have less ingredients that can cause irritation such as black dye.

  37. Peggy Mucedola says:

    I have been wearing for 3 years and suddenly had same reactions. I stay in florida for the winters and went to AMAZING LASH studio in Naples fl. Not one single reaction and I went back at least 5-10 times to get new or fills!!! It truly was amazing!!! What could be so different??? I returned back home in central ny and yup… as soon as I went to fill my eyes immediately broke out once again!!!! Why why why!!!!!

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Peggy,

      This is so confusing! More than frustrating for you I’m sure. I really don’t have a specific answer for you, however, if you can find out from the lash studio in Florida what type glue they are using and get your NY lash tech to use it on you. It could be the NY lash Artist is using something not recommended for lashes. Trust me, there are things being used that are not always recommended for lashes.
      Of course we want you to love your lashes and a glue that works for you is always the best. Let us know how things go!

      Best of Luck in your lash quest!

  38. Arrielle says:

    I’m so happy I’m not alone. I’ve been wearing lash extensions for 4 years straight and developed an allergy about 2 weeks ago. My lash line was very itchy and o developed a crust at the base of each individual lash which I’m guessing was puss. I went to my lash tech and had them removed because she had just cleaned all the crust from around them 2 days before and removed some of them because I normally wear a thick volume set. She told me they looked infected so I went to urgent care and was given medicine for infection, however the doctor said it sounded more like an allergic reaction. He told me to give it a week and put my extensions back on but if the same symptoms came right back then I was allergic. So guess what I did ? I went back in 6 days and got them put right back on and within 5 hours they were itching and swollen and crusty. I’m so hurt 🙁 the only thing saving me is the fact that I know how to apply strips but nothing beats waking up to beautiful lashes every morning.

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hello Arrielle,

      I’m sorry you had such a reaction. It’s annoying and frustrating to experience a reaction after so long. At least you know that you are not able to wear them again. Hopefully in the near future they will come up with alternative adhesives for those who have become reactive. Just be careful to check ingredients in strip lash glue for acrylates. A few of those contain that ingredient that you are most likely allergic to. Best of luck with your journey back to strip lashes. Glad Lash has some really pretty lashes to choose from, give them a try.

  39. Caroline says:

    I’m having trouble determining if I have an allergy to my lash extension glue or just an irritation to the glue fumes. I’ve been getting lash extensions for about a year and typically have no issues. The last few times I went, the second I smelled the fumes, my throat got itchy, nose burned and I felt like I had to cough. Right when the lashing is done I feel way better, but still have a bit of a cough for about 24 hours after. Here’s the thing – my eyes are always just fine. Not ever puffy or irritated. It’s just my throat and nose during the actual lashing. Could this be an allergy or just too many fumes?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Caroline,

      It sounds like what happens to those of us who Lash for a living. I personally get a runny nose and my throat gets scratchy. However, I usually see several Lash clients back to back. I would bring a mask to wear while you are having your lashes done and see if that helps with your throat and the burning sensation. I wear one if I Lash more than three clients in a row.
      If it becomes overly bothersome, you should discontinue getting Lashes. It could develop into a full fledge allergy.

  40. natalie says:

    I have been doing lash extensions for over 6 years. And I have had probably 3 clients a year that have a reaction. What I started doing was before they come to their appointment I put 5 tiny glue drops right on one of their eyelids and let them go home with that and usually if they are allergic within 6 to 10 hours they will have a reaction. If that is the case they cannot have lashes. Although I have realized some of my lashes extensions that I put on get too close to the eyelid and that can create a reaction as well. I think most people who have reactions in one eye means the lash Tech put the eyelash too close to your lid and on the other side did not. If you look at the lashes and lift your lid up there should be space between the eyelash extension and your lid doing that will also help with a little bit of the reaction. Not all of them are due to allergies just poor technique. Yes I have yet to hear of a glue that causes less reaction so if you’re still on here please mention those glues cause a lot of us lash technicians would like to have other choices. I have tried minkys, borboleta, blink glue,and sweet lash glue. And all of those even the sensitive ones have not worked. I do like the exit bag I have never tried that. That would be very nice to do for my clients. The ones I no longer service have done magnetic lashes. Which they are OK but they’re not as good as lash extensions. I feel lash artist need to put more information out there on their Instagram pages that these allergies are very common and not that they are a bad lash technicians.

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Natalie,

      Let’s start at the end of your question. Lash glue allergies are not uncommon and can be severe. We never know who or when our client may develop a reaction. Unfortunately, there are no allergy safe glues on the market at this time. Every Lash Artist should discuss possible reactions and what need to happen if they react before they apply lashes. Reactions= Removal.
      As an Educator, I would not recommend my student put glue on the skin, but applying several lashes to each eye is great, and personally, I wait 72 hours to see if they react. Especially if they are getting married or have a special occasion.
      Let’s hope some amazing scientist will come up with a glue that is hypo-allergic soon!

  41. Kenzie says:

    Thank you for your site! I have been getting lash extensions for 9 months and the last time I went in I got a severe rash with swelling under both eyes in the exact shape of the lash pads. The top lid was a little puffy but it was almost exclusively under the eyes all the way down to my cheek bone. Do you think I have an allergy to the lash glue or the lash pads?
    Thank you!

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Kenzie,

      I think you are right on. Your lash artist can use just tape and no gel patches to do the lash service. There are ingredients in the gel backing that can cause sensitivities. It’s not very common, but it is a real thing.
      Have your lash artist try reusable silicone pads or sensitive tape. I hope that works for you.

  42. Katie says:

    I have had 2 clients with allergic reactions. And 1 in questions who happens to be my daughter. Which is how I found this article. I sit here next to her watching her sleep. I did her lash today and she 2nd time. 2st time seemed to have irritated eyes but they never hurt or itches. Today I filled them. They seemed to be fine but now her throat is itchy. She’s coughing a little. She has a small wheeze. And the skin under her chin itches. It’s 11pm. She’s 16 and has school tomorrow. I don’t want to have to take her to salon and remove her lashes. She doesn’t seem in distress at all (she’s sleeping) am I freaking out? Help? if I may mention as a lash artist, it is quite frustrating when a client thinks it is your fault that somethings wrong with them after having a bad reaction. I had a girl come to me multiple times. But the 1 time she had a bad reaction which happened to be only in her right eye. She will now not return my call. I was very sympathetic, suggested cold compress and to go see her physician. I told her I wasn’t allowed to recommend any medicine. The thing we had done differently that appt was I had to clean old pieces of mascara off of her eyelashes after I already had her lower lashes prepped. I didn’t see the mascara until after I had my magnifiers on. I ended up needing to re-tape due to the dirty mascara darkening the gel pad. I give lash care post care information sheets to all of my clients and it is very clear not to wear make up on them. She thought There wouldn’t be any left over residue. Anyways, now it’s my fault I guess. She won’t talk to me anymore. Can someone give me their input about my teenager?

    1. Maryann Matykowski says:

      Hi Katie,

      Well, you have two different issues here. Allergic reactions can happen at any time. If your daughter is having symptoms, do not continue to lash her. It will only get worse over time. Continued exposure make the reactions more extreme. It’s not worth her having swollen puffy irritated eyes.

      Secondly, reaching out to a client is absolutely appropriate. If they choose not to return your call, let it go. If you did your best and gave the after care information, you’re good. Going forward, clean and prep the lashes before applying the under eye patches or tape. Less chance of having any debris left on the pads.
      Best of Luck and just take a step back and breathe.

  43. Katie says:

    1st time..* sorry there are a few typos in there.

  44. Fiona says:

    4 years, never an issue till the last 5 times… sneezing, irritated nose, and just getting worse.. sets in 24 hours after new lashes.. we tried a different glue but omg, sneezing like 10 times in a row, just a hot mess and my nose is icky like crazy Wonder how the gal did with does NAET which has works for friend with cat allergies, can be with the cats again that would be awesome. The exit bag, genius idea as I am lost to know what to do during the transition back to bland again.. strips, magnets, little lesson and help during the transition is beautiful support.

  45. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing! I loved having lashes and after about 6 months of getting them I developed an allergy. I tried refilling two more times with sensitive glue and the lashes glued further away from my lash line and used lash shampoo daily, but continued to get red, swollen, incredibly itchy eyes and had to have them taken off.

    After having them taken off, my eyelids are still red and slightly puffy two days later. Not only was I left with hardly any lashes, but the skin on my eyelids actually started peeling. It is HORRIBLE.

    I just ordered lash serums and magnetic lashes off of amazon before I read this article and I think that is a fabulous idea for your gift bags!! Really wish my lash studio would have done something like this for me. Hoping to find relief soon!

  46. Esther Bolkin says:

    Hi Fiona,

    I’m getting back to you on behalf of Maryann. Yes, you seem to have developed an allergy to eyelash extensions and you need to take a break from them for a while, at least 6 months. Use a lash growth serum while you’re taking a break. Glad Lash has a great selection of strip eyelashes and very mild strip eyelash glue that you can use until you’re ready to try them again.

    Best of luck!

  47. Esther Bolkin says:

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m getting back to you on behalf of Maryann. Yes, those are good things to try. You might also want to try applying Glad Lash strip lashes in the meantime. We have a great selection from wispy to dramatic and we also carry 2 different options of strip lash glue.

    Best of Luck to you!

  48. Michelle says:

    I’m having trouble determining if I have an allergy or just an irritation to the glue fumes. I’ve been getting lash extensions for about a year and have had no issues. The last few 4x times I went, after few hours getting them done, I develop a stuff nose then next 2 days experience runny nose and sneezing(lasts only 2-3 days). Here’s the thing – my eyes are always just fine. Not ever puffy or irritated.Could this be an allergy, irritation or just too many fumes? Do I need to stop getting them done or can I use something else (benedryl)?

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