Eyelash Extension Adhesives May Cause Bad Reactions05/16/13
THURSDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) -- For those who aren't born
with long, fluttery eyelashes, cosmetic extensions can help achieve
that often sought-after look. But eye experts warn that the
adhesives used to apply these eyelash extensions can cause
allergies and infections.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) warns that among the
potential dangers associated with cosmetic eyelash extensions and
the adhesives used to apply them are infections of the cornea and
eyelid, permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes, and eyelid
The academy said that a recent
Consumer Reportsarticle details the cases of several
patients who suffered infections and allergic reactions to
formaldehyde-based adhesives used with eyelash extensions.
The AAO said consumers should use caution if they're considering
eyelash extensions and offered the following advice:
- Only go to an aesthetician who is certified and working at a
- Ensure that adequate hand washing and proper hygiene is
practiced by the aesthetician.
- Ask about the eyelash adhesive ingredients before getting the
People who develop an infection, allergic reaction or other
irritation after using eyelash extensions or other eye products
should immediately seek medical attention from an ophthalmologist
-- a doctor who specializes in the treatment of eye conditions, the
experts noted in an AAO news release.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers tips for the
safe use of eye cosmetics.
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