What is the difference between eye sensitivity and a reaction with eyelash extensions? There are some noticeable differences between a reaction and a minor irritation. Let start with allergic reaction.
What is an allergic reaction?
Allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to a harmless substance called antigens. Some people are affected by pollen, dust, pet dander, mold, latex and certain foods. The immune system is triggered to protect the body from harmful agent such as toxins and bacteria. Some reactions can occur within minutes and others develop after 24 hours.
Very few people have reactions to any part of the eyelash extension application process, however, allergies can happen to anyone at any time. They can happen after years of normal wear with no previous reaction or every single time depends on your sensitivity.
Allergic reactions can be caused by any part of eyelash extensions like cleansers, primers, tapes, patches and adhesive.
Most allergic reactions is caused by the adhesive. Eyelash extensions adhesives are made from the same ingredients as medical adhesives used in hospitals to close wounds and seal sutures.
A reaction will occur immediately or up to 24 hours after first contact and will be distinguished by itchiness, redness and puffiness. These symptoms will last and can worsen with time and exposure until the adhesive is removed completely. The more your body is exposed to the allergen the stronger and the more dramatic will be the allergic reaction. So you must remove your eyelash extensions as soon as possible.
What is eye sensitivity?
Eye sensitivity is a slight irritation that can be caused from the edge of the patch or tape being too close to the eyeball causing a red line across the bottom lid. These two eyelash extension products must be lint free.
How under eye patches work and what is the reaction signs of them?
The under eye patches are designed with Flex-Form technology to create a custom fit for all different eye shapes and sizes. Professionals love these patches because of their ease to work with and the time saved from prepping the eye. These dual purpose gel patches are used to prep the eye and effectively cover the lower lashes while delivering a refreshing, hydrating treatment and brightens the under eye area. The Vitamin E coats and protects the sensitive under eye area while Allantoin, Aloe and Glycerin to conditions and moisturize.
For the most part, Aloe is the most allergic ingredients of the patches and the sign of that is redness, dryness and itchiness.
To prevent symptoms we suggest eyelash technicians do not use the patches for clients having sensitive eyes. Use only medical tapes they can work properly without causing any irritation but there is no guarantee for some hyper sensitive clients.
People with an irritant reaction to medical adhesives typically report burning, stinging or soreness rather than itchiness at the site of contact. The reverse is true with allergic contact dermatitis, with which itchiness predominates rather than pain. In both cases, the skin at the site of contact typically turns pink to red. With allergic contact dermatitis, the redness may spread beyond the initial site of contact with the adhesive. The contact area can appear as a red rash resembling a minor burn or small bumps.
What Is The Treatment?
The most important treatment for an allergic or irritant contact reaction to a medical adhesive is to remove the bandage or tape. Gently cleansing the area with mild soap and water is necessary to remove any residual adhesive. If possible, it’s best to leave the area uncovered so it can heal. For a true allergic reaction, over-the-counter antihistamines and corticosteroid creams may be recommended. If the skin is blistering or the redness is spreading, it’s important to see a medical professional for treatment advice.
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