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Side Effects of Eyelash Extensions

author image Kristie Jernigan
Kristie Jernigan is a health writer with over 17 years of experience as a medical social worker. She has worked mainly with the elderly population and with children. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and early childhood from East Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in health care administration and gerontology from the University of Phoenix.
Side Effects of Eyelash Extensions
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If you suffer from thinning eyelashes, eyelash extensions can make your lashes appear fuller and more dramatic. For semi-permanent eyelash extensions, you should see a professional. For a temporary look, however, you can purchase some lashes at your local pharmacy or cosmetics store and apply them at home. You should be aware that side effects may occur from this cosmetic application.

Eyelash Loss

When you wear eyelash extensions for long periods, you may accidentally damage your natural eyelashes, warns the medical website Plastic Surgery Practice. In fact, the website reports that a type of hair loss called traction alopecia may develop if there is too much follicle tension on your natural eyelash. Some women with weaker hair follicles may even suffer permanent hair loss.


Eye sensitivity may develop when a substance comes into contact with your eyes and causes irritation, reports the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. If you suffer from sensitive skin, the glue that attaches the eyelash extensions may cause a rash or irritation of the skin. An allergic reaction can be more serious and you may need to see a physician for medical treatment. Allergic reactions of the eye can lead to redness and watering and may even cause the eyes to swell and close shut.

Eye Injury or Infection

If you have your eyelash extensions done, you should seriously consider that you could suffer an eye injury, reports the website That's Fit. Whether a technician attaches your eyelashes or you choose to do it yourself, glue and tweezers come very close to your eyes. According to the Fake Eyelashes website, the eyelash glue attaches directly onto your natural eyelashes, and this may result in irritation and eye soreness. In addition, eye irritation can lead to serious eye infections. According to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, fake eyelashes can be dangerous because of the viruses and bacteria that can get on the lashes. When these viruses and bacteria enter your eye, they can lead to serious eye infections such as conjunctivitis. Eye infections can permanently damage your eye and lead to vision loss.

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