Eyelash Extension Glue Allergy 

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Everything you need to know about eyelash glue allergies, including what they are, what are symptoms of an eyelash extension allergy, what treatment options are available, what to avoid, and the best options for lash glues. 

Extreme closeup of a caucasian woman with red hair. Her eye is closed and you can see long lashes. A white hexagon in the middle with text that reads, "eyelash extension allergies".

Key Takeaways 

  1. Eyelash glue allergies are uncommon but can happen. Eyelash glue irritation is more common. 
  2. There are many types of glues available both for at home use and for professional extensions. 
  3. For some sensitive clients, wearing eyelash extensions may not be possible if the allergy is severe enough. 

Can I be allergic to my eyelash glue? 

Yes! You can be allergic to any eyelash glue. There are many ingredients that can be the cause of the allergy. 

What is an eyelash extension allergy? 

An eyelash extension allergy is a response of the body’s own immune system thinking that the lash application, adhesive fumes, adhesives, or any of the other materials are a threat. This triggers an autoimmune response known as an allergic reaction. 

​The body encounters the allergen and releases IgE proteins and Mast Cells to counter and attack the “threat” in the body. This is the immune response. 

This can manifest in several different ways depending on the type of exposure (see below for symptoms). 

There are 4 possible ingredients that cause allergic reactions:


This is the main ingredient of eyelash extension adhesives that helps to hold the lashes in place. All eyelash glues contain this ingredient.

Cyanoacrylate also is what helps the glue be fast drying and hold the lashes in place for weeks. 

Cyanoacrylate is also the main ingredient of liquid bandages. If you think you are allergic to this, do a patch test to confirm. 

There are 5 types of cyanoacrylate: Methyl (not for use in cosmetics), Ethyl (most commonly used in eyelash glues), Butyl (medical grade and used in sensitive formulations), Alkoxy (good for very sensitive peoples), Methoxy (not used in cosmetics). 

Carbon Black Dye

Carbon Black is a dye that can be used to tint eyelash glue to better match eyeliners. It is made from the incomplete combustion of coal tar and has been named a carcinogen, or cancer causing ingredient.

  • Carbon Black
  • D & C Black No. 2 
  • Acetylene black
  • Channel black
  • Furnace black
  • Lamp black
  • Thermal black

For more on food dyes and their allergies, read this article all about food dye allergies


Latex is a type of natural rubber. It is a very allergic substance and is oftentimes one of the leading causes of allergic reactions to eyelash glues. 

Latex helps to increase the resistance to water and oil, which helps the lashes stay on longer. 

Today, most lash extension suppliers don’t include natural rubber latex in their ingredients since so many people are allergic. 

Synthetic latex does not cause the same allergic reactions as natural latex. Look for glues that contain elastomer (a synthetic latex). If you have a latex allergy, you need to make sure that you use a sensitive adhesive that does not contain any natural latex. There are many latex-free adhesives on the market right now as so many people have allergy symptoms to latex. 

For more in depth info, read this article on Latex Allergies


Finally, formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical that appears as the glue adhesion breaks down over time. 

It is not listed as an ingredient but is formed as a by-product. That is why there is no such thing as a totally formaldehyde free lash glue. 

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

If you are allergic to your eyelash glue, you can have one or more of the following reactions. How quickly you react doesn’t always mean you are more or less allergic to the glue. The reaction can occur minutes or hours after exposure. 

A list of possible reactions includes:

  • Swelling, itching, or irritation of the eyes, eyelids, or eye area 
  • Swelling of the eyelids or area around the eyes 
  • Red, puffy eyes 
  • Watery eyes 
  • General eye irritation 
  • Headaches 
  • Hives, itching rash of the skin
  • Asthma flare ups / Asthma attacks 

If you are having an allergic reaction, or any adverse reaction, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. The first thing is to remove the lashes and any glue. Make an appointment with medical professionals to determine the cause of your allergic reaction. 

In the case of severe symptoms, make sure to call 911 or your local emergency number for immediate and urgent care from medical professionals. 


A diagnosis begins with sharing your history and suspicions with your doctor. An allergist or dermatologist are the most common doctors to diagnose an allergy to eyelash glue. 

Eyelash Glue Allergy Treatment 

There is no cure for eyelash glue allergies, just good management of symptoms. 

There are many different therapies to help you when you have a reaction. Some of these can include:

  • Over the counter antihistamines
  • Antihistamine eye drops 
  • Anti-itching creams/lotions 
  • Apply a cold compress to help with swelling or itching 

If you are having a severe reaction, you need to remove the eyelashes and the glue as soon as possible. This prevents the allergic reaction from getting worse. Leaving the glue on when you have an allergic reaction will not make it better with time. 

A set of eyelashes on a light pink background.

Allergy or Irritation? 

An irritation is a reaction you have to one, some, or all of the elements of getting eyelash extensions or adding false lashes at home. 

Unlike an allergy, an irritation is not an immune system response. It is just a localized reaction to the irritating item. 

Symptoms of irritation include itchiness, redness, or general discomfort around the eyes. The sclera (the white part of your eye) may become red and inflamed. It can feel like something is stuck in your eye. The eyes can also tear up, which is your body trying to remove the irritation. 

You can tell the difference between an allergy and irritation by the type of symptoms. True allergic reactions will often include a systemic, whole body response of the IgEs and immune system. An irritation will just be localized to where you touched the eyelash irritation. 

Typically, irritation subsides in 24 hours. 

However, if symptoms do not improve, it is probable that you are having a true allergic reaction. 

How to Manage an Eyelash Glue Allergy 

The best way to manage your eyelash glue allergy is to avoid it as best as possible. 

As with most allergies, the more frequently you are exposed to the allergy, the worse your reaction will be over time. 

First, it is crucial to make sure that you select the right lash technician. Find one who has experience in the field and good reviews from previous clients. Make sure to have a conversation with your lash technician about the products they use. 

It is vital to inform them of any previous allergic reactions or sensitivities to any eyelash glue, extensions, or other cosmetic products. This helps the tech to customize their products for your needs. 

After getting your lashes, here are some additional things to do:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes as this can cause unnecessary pressure on the eyes and eyelids. Rubbing can also spread irritants throughout the eye.
  • Keep the area moisturized with a gentle eye cream.

Patch Testing

One of the best ways to lower the risk of an allergic reaction is to have a patch test performed by your lash technician. 

This involves placing a small amount of lash glue or any other products on your skin to see if you have any allergic reaction or adverse reactions. 

Tip! Do patch testing on the inside of the upper arm. The skin here is very sensitive and if a reaction were to occur, it will most likely occur here. 

Latex Free Eyelash Glue Options 

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are many types of eyelash glue available. 

Ask your lash technician for a glue that is specifically designed for sensitive skin. 

If you are applying lashes at home, make sure that you find one that is free from latex or other typical skill irritations. Here are a few brands to check out:

  • Lilly Lashes Clear Brush On Lash Adhesive
    • Made with a latex free and quick drying formula that is also vegan. Made with ethylhexyl acrylate copolymer.  
  • BL Advanced Glue
    • This is a low odor and low irritation glute that is made with 100% alkoxy ethyl cyanoacrylate, one of the safer bonding agents. The retention is up to 3-4 weeks. 
  • BL Lily Glue
    • This is a very low odor and irritation glue that is made with 100% alkoxy ethyl cyanoacrylates. It is made from medical grade ingredients. The retention is up to 4 weeks. 
  • Velour Lashes White Latex Free Lash Adhesive
    • This gentle lash glue is a quick drying formula that is formulated without latex. It is made with ethylhexyl acrylate copolymer, one of the more gentle bonding agents. 

(List is current as of September 2023)

Can I suddenly be allergic to lash extensions and lash glue? 

Yes. Allergies can develop any time, even if you have used them many times without any problems. 

This can be that your skin sensitivity has changed due to hormonal fluctuations, changes in medication, or exposure to other allergy triggers. 

Another cause is if you have cross-reactions. If you have recently developed allergies to other foods and products, you can develop a new allergy to lash extensions as well.  

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