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Danger of Eyelash Extensions

Danger of Eyelash Extensions

Created on: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Author: Kagan Institute

 Since the time where eye makeup began, women have been wearing some form of False Eyelashes. And while all sorts of neat substances were used there were always dangers associated with the use of these. In fact, for many years the medical professions, especially optometrists have been warning women about the dangers of this fashion trend and that they must be very careful while they try to emulate the Cheryl Cole or Betty Davis look.

First of all it is important to note that it is the eyelash extensions that are the most dangerous to you. The reason for this is because while the regular fake lashes are applied to your eyelid for a short time, the extensions are applied right onto your existing eyelash with an adhesive that is strong enough to hold up under pressure. So one of the first issues with this method is with the bonding agent itself.

The glue that is used for lash extensions is made so that it can hold on for about six or so weeks and as a result you will find that they are made with products that can cause issues ranging from irritating and causing your eyes to be sore to causing severe damage to your eyes and lashes. One such issue that can occur is called Traction Alopecia. This is a condition that makes your hair fall out when there is too much tension put on the actual hair shaft. What’s more, this same issue can also lead to ceasing of hair growth altogether. So making sure your eye health comes first is a very big part about using these products.

And believe it or not your eyelashes really are there for a reason. In fact, they are there to help defend against many irritants and dangers like dust, sunlight, and dirt. And what the medical profession is trying to point out that these extensions are still relatively a new fad and there have not been a lot of medical studies done on the effects of prolonged exposure to these conditions. Therefore, when ever you are looking to take advantage of these great products make sure you do so with your eyes open.


Eyelash extension procedures, performed in spas, beauty boutiques, and some department stores, may cause ocular disorders such as keratoconjunctivitis and allergic blepharitis that are thought to be caused by glues for eyelash extensions that contain formaldehyde.

Ocular disorders were retrospectively investigated in 107 women (age 21-52 years) who visited ophthalmologic clinics in Japan with complaints of eye symptoms resulting from eyelash extensions between March 2007 and March 2010. The patients had no history of eye diseases. Of the patients 42 were 21 to 29 years of age, 44 were 30 to 39 years, 19 were 40 to 49 years, and 2 were 50 to 60 years. Three glues, the ingredients of which are not disclosed, were chemically analyzed for detection of more than 70 substances suspected to be ingredients.

The ocular disorders due to eyelash extensions included keratoconjunctivitis due to invasion of glue or removing agents in 64 patients, allergic blepharitis due to glues in 42 patients (4 of these patients developed both keratoconjunctivitis and allergic blepharitis), conjunctival erosion due to eyelid-fixing tapes in 3 patients, allergic blepharitis due to eyelid-fixing tapes in 1 patient, and subconjunctival hemorrhage due to compression during removal of extensions in 1 patient. In all 107 patients, the symptoms were resolved by adequate treatments with eye drops and/or ointments. Ingredient analysis detected formaldehyde in concentrations above the standard threshold level in all 3 glues. In addition, lead and benzoic acid were also detected; however, concentrations of these particular compounds were low and therefore unlikely to cause disorders in humans.

Eyelash extension procedures may cause ocular disorders, such as keratoconjunctivitis and allergic blepharitis; indeed, all glues for eyelash extensions analyzed in the present study contained formaldehyde, which can cause keratoconjunctivitis. From the viewpoint of hygienics, it is necessary to disinfect devices, provide handling instructions for organic solvents, improve glue ingredients, and improve the ophthalmologic knowledge of the practitioners.

Be sure that when you look into false lash removal that you choose the best products and the safest way to go about it. Also, make sure you use safe products out there as well. In fact, there are many hypo allergenic products out there that are very mild and easy to use.

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