Allergic Reactions to Eyelash Glue: Everything You Need to Know

Ah, the thrill of having long and luscious eyelashes! It’s no wonder many people turn to mascara, false lashes, and lash extensions to achieve their desired look. But did you know that it’s possible to be allergic to the glue used for these beauty enhancements?

Read on to find out about allergic reactions to eyelash glue. From causes to treatments, we have all the facts on this potential skin problem. So keep reading if you want gorgeous false lashes without the risk of an itchy rash or worse.

What is a false eyelash glue allergy?

A false eyelash glue allergy is an adverse reaction to the adhesive used for beauty enhancements like mascara and lash extensions. It can cause various symptoms, including redness, swelling, and itching. In severe cases, it can even result in anaphylaxis—so it’s essential to be aware of your risk.

What causes eyelash extension glue allergy?

Generally, you apply false eyelashes with an adhesive containing chemicals such as formaldehyde, cyanoacrylate, and latex, potentially triggering allergic reactions. Additionally, some people may be sensitive to other glue ingredients, such as fragrances or colourants.

If you already have sensitive skin or existing allergies, your chances of experiencing a reaction will increase. However, anyone can be allergic to the adhesive used for false eyelashes and lash extensions.

Symptoms of eyelash glue allergy

The symptoms of a false eyelash glue allergy include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Flaky skin around the eyes
  • Blisters and hives around the eyes
  • A burning sensation in your eyes or on your face

If you experience difficulty breathing or swallowing, seek medical help immediately, as this could be a sign of anaphylaxis—a severe allergic reaction that requires emergency treatment.

How to avoid false eyelash glue allergies?

If you’re worried about having an allergic reaction to eyelash glue, you can take a few steps to minimise this risk.

Firstly, performing a patch test before applying any adhesive or false lashes is vital. Patch or sensitivity testing will help identify whether your skin reacts badly to the product and prevent allergy flare-ups. Read more on how to patch test.

It would help if you also tried hypoallergenic lash adhesives free from harsh ingredients and irritants—these are typically found in professional salons. Additionally, opt for formaldehyde-free products whenever possible, as formaldehyde is one of the most common causes of allergic reactions.

It’s a good idea to remove strip lashes before you sleep - read about what can happen if you don’t remove your false lashes, and it’s not pretty!

How can you treat false eyelash glue allergies?

If you’ve already experienced an allergic reaction to eyelash glue, don’t worry. A few treatments can help reduce your symptoms and relieve your discomfort.

Try applying cold compresses or topical cortisone cream for mild reactions like redness, itching, or swelling. This should soothe skin inflammation and alleviate discomfort.

You may also need to take antihistamines if the reaction is more severe and persist for longer than 48 hours. Additionally, it’s best to avoid using false lashes or extensions for at least two weeks after experiencing an allergic reaction—this will give your skin time to heal completely and prevent further irritation.

Could magnetic lashes be the answer?

Magnetic lashes may be the perfect alternative if you are allergic to eyelash glue. These are applied with a specially designed applicator and contain no glues or adhesives, making them an excellent choice for sensitive skin. Plus, they look natural and last up to two weeks when properly maintained.

There are ways to ensure you never become allergic to your false eyelash or the glue by reading our guide to semi-permanent lashes best practise and our blog called ‘can you sleep with false eyelashes on’.

Here are our favourite magnetic lashes - best sellers:

  1. Ardell Magnetic Lashes Accents 002
  2. Kiss Magnetic Eyeliner & Lash Kit - Charm
  3. Ardell Magnetic Lashes Double 110
  4. Ardell Magnetic Lashes Accents 001
  5. Eylure Magnetic Lashes - Opulent Accent

We love magnetic lashes, and using these could answer any glue allergy problem. Read more about the safe use of magnetic lashes and exactly how they work, so you can determine whether they are for you.

What can you use if you don’t have eyelash adhesive?

Other products may be used as a substitute if you don’t have eyelash adhesive or can’t get your hands on one. For instance, homemade glue (sugar, honey, and water) is perfect for applying false eyelashes—use it to hold the strip in place and let it dry completely before you apply mascara.

Full disclaimer here - this is a rubbish lash hack as it won’t work and could attract insects, so use this solution at your own risk, but if you want a laugh click on the full blog here.

Eyeliner also works great! Draw a line along your lashline where you want to adhere the false lashes, wait for them to dry, and then press them into place. You may need to use tweezers or an applicator tool for greater accuracy.

Lastly, natural oils like coconut oil are ideal for holding lashes onto your skin if all else fails. Our suggestions may not be as failsafe as eyelash glue, but they’re perfect for when you’re in a pinch. Actually, this tip is unlikely to work - so here are some real alternatives.

  1. Eylure 18-Hour Lash Glue Clear Finish (4.5ml)
  2. Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive Clear (7g)
  3. Kiss Lash Glue Liner - Clear (0.7ml)

False eyelashes can be a great way to enhance your look, but they come with the risk of allergic reactions if the adhesive isn’t suitable or safe to use. Knowing how to spot an allergic reaction and take preventative measures will help reduce this risk significantly. If necessary, consider using magnetic lashes or natural oils instead of eyelash glue for greater safety and comfort.

Remember—patch tests are critical! Performing one before applying any adhesive is always important and should never be skipped. These tips, plus the advice on the best practices for healthy eyes, will ensure you have beautiful false lashes without worrying about an adverse reaction!