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ALLERGIC REACTIONS

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RARE, BUT NOT UNCOMMON...

Lets chat allergic reactions!!

It's important as a client AND a lash tech, to understand what the science is behind allergic reactions. Every lash extension glue no matter what brand you want to talk about, are apart of the Cyanoacrylate Family of glues. Cyanoacrylate is the scientific name for a family of glues, known as the SUPER GLUE FAMILY. This chemical is important, it is the key ingredient that solidifies when curing the glue. The super glue family have the exact same recipe but they all have different quantities of ingredients and other added ingredients to make it into different type of glues but the basic structure will always remain the same.

Trust me.... having to inform a client that they will need a removal AND can't ever get lash extensions again is the worst!!


HISTAMINE

This is a chemical in the immune system that helps protect the body's cells from infection.

IMMUNE SYSTEM

This is the body's natural defense against illness and infection.

When the immune system detects a harmful and foreign object like bacteria or virus (which is our lash glue) it releases histamine into the cells. The histamine causes an inflammation reaction, causing blood vessels expand and the skin to swell.

Allergic reactions occur when your immune system mistakes a harmless substance as a threat. A client can get extensions for years and their body won't ‘detect’ that the glue is a foreign substance, so never sends any histamines to ‘fight it’. Then for some reason, ANY day, at any time it can decide that it is a foreign substance and must fight it off and send histamine.

Unfortunately, the saddest news about this is when your body has decided that the glue is foreign, it will remember it forever and do it every single time you come in contact with the glue. Trying different glues will not solve the problem, because as i said before, all glues have the same recipe with the same chemical structure.

ALLERGY SIGNS:

Swollen eyes/eyelids, redness of the cornea, itchiness or discomfort around the eye area. These symptoms are likely to show up within the first 48 hours after the application. They typically don’t subside over time.  Reactions are likely to become increasingly worse and more dramatic each time you are exposed to the glue.

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