Eyelash Extensions Are Riskier Than You Think

Many people get eyelash extensions in order to have long, thick lashes without putting on makeup. This semi-permanent beauty treatment lasts for weeks at a time before a refill or new set is needed, making it great for people who don't want to worry about putting on mascara every day. However, it can come with some side effects you may not think about. Lash extensions are applied with a special adhesive. If this adhesive gets into your eyes, it can cause irritation and infection (via Healthline).

Even if the adhesive is applied correctly, some people have reactions to the chemicals that may cause burning, swelling, itching, and pain. If you are prone to allergic reactions or have sensitive skin, you should speak with your esthetician before they apply your lashes. They may be able to use a different lash glue or take other precautions to ensure you don't have a negative reaction to the service. You should avoid getting eyelash extensions if you have eyelid dermatitis, blepharitis, alopecia areata, or trichotillomania. You should also not get this treatment if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, or if you are going to get LASIK surgery within the next month or two.

Only get eyelash extensions from a licensed esthetician

According to Byrdie, not every state regulates who can perform eyelash extensions. Some states only require a cosmetology license, which does not give someone enough training to work in the eye area. Licensed estheticians are trained in treatments for the skin, including treatments that involve chemicals. You are much more likely to have a positive experience when you are working with someone who is licensed.

Another potential risk of eyelash extensions is that they may damage your natural eyelashes when applied or maintained incorrectly. "Lash extensions alone will not ruin your lashes," lash stylist Clementina Richardson told Byrdie. "Damage to the natural lashes is the result of improper application, or the stylist not selecting the correct type of lash for an existing natural lash. There are a few main factors that contribute to this problem: Applying extensions that are too heavy for the natural lash will result in premature shedding. Rubbing your eyes will also result in immediate breakage."

Many people love getting eyelash extensions. They are beautiful and fully customizable, so you can end up with a look perfectly suited to your tastes. This cosmetic treatment is also pain-free. As long as they are applied and maintained correctly, you should be thrilled with the results.