Is Eyelash Glue Safe To Use?

To give your eyes an extra pop, adding false eyelashes to your lids is a popular option. It's no secret that eyelash extensions can make a big difference to your overall look, especially when you're attending a special event. Apply a pair of falsies to your lash line, and you can instantly level up your look.

The process for application is simple: Temporary eyelashes — either strip or individual lashes — are attached just above the natural lash line or onto the lashes themselves using a temporary adhesive. The adhesive used for lash extensions is cyanoacrylate, which is the same ingredient used in Super Glue (per Poison Control).

Though many people apply falsies without a second thought, other people have wondered whether the glues used to attach false eyelashes and eyelash extensions are actually safe. According to Glamnetic, they may not be. Studies have shown that eyelash glues can cause a range of serious health issues, from redness and soreness to serious eye infections, and even cancer when used over a long period of time.

So, what is it that makes eyelash glue unsafe?

Why is eyelash glue dangerous?

As per Poison Control, lash glues are usually made up of adhesives, surfactants, solvents, and ammonium hydroxide. Some of these adhesives contain ingredients like glycol ethers, which can cause toxicity when swallowed. It's also worth noting that many of the ingredients in lash glues, like alcohol and detergents, can cause skin and eye irritation.

The Missouri Poison Center states that the side effects from using eyelash glue can cause a range of issues, from cornea damage to allergic reactions. In addition to that, having eyelash extensions can increase your risk of suffering from potentially serious bacterial and fungal eye infections. The risk of damage increases if the glue either gets too close to your eyes or gets into them accidentally. If the glue gets into your eyes, it can lead to a scratched cornea and possible corneal scarring.

Then, there's the risk of the vapors from the glue getting in your eyes and causing burning, itching, and more serious reactions to occur. If you're going to get false eyelashes, it's important to go to a reputable eyelash technician who can ensure that the treatment is performed properly and safely.

If you're going to apply them yourself, magnetic eyelashes may be a safer option than using a traditional eyelash glue.