Welcome back to my blog! Today I wanted to talk about my experience with eyelash extensions and my bad reaction to the adhesive.
First off, I just want to say I absolutely loved having eyelash extensions. I thought they looked amazing and once I figured out the cleaning tips that worked for me, they weren’t that difficult to take care of. I felt so pretty even when I wasn’t wearing any makeup. Here’s a photo of how they looked:
They made my eyes look much more awake and bright. I felt like I hardly needed eye makeup at all.
I had my first full set done and I had no issues with them. They were very comfortable. I had a refill done two weeks later and this is when I had the reaction. My right eye was very very itchy the night after my appointment, but I figured I would just sleep it off. When I woke up the next morning, my eyes looked like this:
Pretty swollen and really bloodshot. They were really itchy as well. I immediately thought it was pink eye. I saw the eye doctor at 1:30pm that afternoon and this is what my eyes looked like by then:
The swelling had gotten significantly worse and they were still incredibly itchy. The doctor told me I had keratitis and dermatitis, inflammation of the corneas and lids. He gave me eye drops to use for the next three days along with an ointment to help with the swelling on my lids. I had my refill on Tuesday and it took until Monday for my eyes to feel fully back to normal.
I have learned that no eyelash extension glue is FDA approved and all of them have some amount of formaldehyde in them. Formaldehyde is a pretty strong irritant and I’m sure that’s what my body was reacting to. If you’re considering eyelash extensions, I would definitely find out what glue the salon uses. Novalash glue is the only one I’ve heard of that contains a really small amount of formaldehyde, so you probably have a smaller chance of reacting to that glue.
All in all, just make sure to do your research and find a salon that is completely transparent about the products they use. If something like this happens to you, get the lashes removed immediately. That’s when my symptoms finally started to really let up.
To hear all the nitty gritty details about my experience, check out my video below. I also include some tips for cleaning at the end.
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