From eyelids glued shut to nasty infections… how eyelash extensions are a health hazard and could cause your natural lashes to fall out
Many women dreaming of long, luscious lashes opt to extend what nature bestowed upon them.
But while they may seem harmless, one doctor has warned eyelash extensions can pose serious health risks, from eye infections to allergic reactions.
They can even damage a person’s natural eyelashes and make them look thinner, he warned.
Eyelash extensions, normally applied in salons but also available in DIY kits, are individual synthetic lashes that are glued onto a woman’s own lashes.
They promise to lengthen, add volume and last up to six weeks.
But Dr Robert Dorin, from True and Dorin Medical Group in New York City told Medical Daily that the glue used to bind them to a woman’s natural lashes can cause allergic reactions in some people.
He said: ‘And for some reason bacteria wants to stick with it, and it could cause fungal or viral infections as well.’
Some glues contain formaldehyde, which can cause allergic reactions.
In addition, the fashionable lashes can trigger eye infections as dirt and bacteria get caught in them, he said.
But the biggest risk is that the extensions weigh down on the eyelids, damaging the natural eyelashes, causing them to become thinner.