Report: Eyelash Extensions May Be Ruining Your Lashes

Woman getting eyelash extensions

Eyelash extensions could cause irritation, infections and bald spots. Image: Getty

A couple of months in the past, Arielle Nachmani of Something Navy talked about on Instagram that whereas she loves the look of eyelash extensions, she needs she had by no means began getting them as a result of they’ve ruined her lashes. Shortly thereafter a dermatologist talked about to us that he has seen a rise in ladies coming into his workplace asking what they’ll do post-lash extension harm. So, what’s the deal?

Why are eyelash extensions harmful?

“The chemical in most eyelash extension glue is formaldehyde — it’s always a concern when a strong chemically based formula is being used so close to the eye,” says Andrea Fairweather, founding father of Fairweather Faces. If the lash technician will get too near the attention, for instance, it will probably simply trigger an infection. In truth, Fairweather says most individuals have a sensitivity to formaldehyde and whereas there should not totally different “types” of extensions (all of them use formaldehyde), the method could take longer if you’d like extra drama. “When you opt for more dramatic lashes versus more natural-looking ones, the process usually takes longer and therefore comes with a bigger risk,” says esthetician Sang W.

What can occur when eyelash extensions go fallacious?

Aside from an infection ensuing from glue getting too near eyes, you will get an an infection as a result of the extensions themselves entice micro organism and fungi for weeks to months (relying on how lengthy you put on the extensions). “In addition, they can irritate the skin of the eyelid as well as the eye itself,” says Dr. Debra Wattenberg. “Sometimes we see a contact allergy to the glue or the actual lashes, which can cause swelling and redness. If a reaction is particularly bad, we can see loss of the person’s own eyelashes (bald spots) or a traction alopecia.” Wattenberg additionally notes that even in the event you don’t have a response, there’s nonetheless the danger of traction alopecia from the pulling on the lashes. If it’s essential to go for common extensions, she suggests doing them not more than each 4 to 6 weeks, or longer.

How to maximise security?

As talked about, pulling on lashes/rubbing your eyes is an enormous no-no when carrying lash extensions. “The lashes cannot be rubbed, pulled or even get wet while a person is wearing them,” says Fairweather. Waterproof mascara is one other main no-no, particularly in the event you don’t have an important remover, as you’ll find yourself shedding lashes taking off your make-up.

Wattenberg provides that it’s actually vital to vary mascara each 3 months, change or wash eyeshadow brushes and clear eyeliner pencils as a result of all of those can carry micro organism and enhance the danger of an infection. “If you notice irritation or your eyes swell or feel uncomfortable, have the lashes removed and, depending on the reaction, see a dermatologist for a steroid or antibiotic to clear up the condition,” says Wattenberg. “Don’t let it linger too long as permanent scarring has occurred in some patients with extreme reactions.”

Celebrity make-up artist Suzy Gerstein recommends utilizing an important non-waterproof mascara, like Lash Star Beauty’s Full Control Lash Sculpting Mascara. “If you must apply waterproof mascara, do that as a second coat once you have the base coat down so it’s less damaging to lashes and removes easier.” She additionally recommends conditioning lashes each night time after eradicating make-up. “I like Sky Organics Castor Oil utilized with a clear mascara spoolie (which you could find in most drugstores). Eye cream, so long as it’s very light and free from actives like retinol, additionally works nicely.” As talked about, having an excellent makeup remover is vital: she suggests choosing 1 designed particularly for eradicating waterproof and waterproof eye make-up.

“Use two of the softest cotton wool pads you can find and generously apply your remover to both, then sandwich lashes top and bottom with your two pads. Hold them there for a good 30 seconds to a minute to let them work their magic, then simply whisk away eye makeup. Follow with a splash of water and lash conditioner.”

What are protected eyelash extension options?

If you determine to decide out of extensions, you’ll be able to nonetheless have lengthy lashes! “Latisse by Allergan was the primary of its variety in relation to eyelash enhancers,” says founding father of DermWarehouse, Dr. Alan J. Parks. “It’s a prescription that was originally used for patients with glaucoma, but once they began using this they noticed their eyelashes starting to grow and now this product is marketed for that purpose.” He does warning that there’s a draw back. “There is a possibility of changing eye color, especially for those with light-colored eyes.”

RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum is another choice. “It uses a patented complex consisting of six highly effective ingredients, which are all specifically designed to condition, moisturize and fortify to enhance overall appearance of lashes and brows,” says Parks.

Lastly, he recommends Lash Advance Eyelash Conditioner. “In just four weeks, this clinically proven blend of proteins, vitamins and nutrients will allow your eyelashes to grow up to 82 percent thicker, longer, fuller and darker — this is a brand-new product on the market and it’s available without a prescription and is safe with no side effects.”

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