Cyanoacrylate in Eyelash Extension Glue - Is It Safe?
I often get asked if our glues contain Cyanoacrylate in them. Answer: They all do. I understand the reason for the question, but honestly, I really think that many times people who suffer from irritation of any kind when using eyelash extension glues are told that this is the reason for all of their misery. That can be true- but even if so, there are a few things you must understand before trying to move completely away from the chemical itself. The purpose of this post is not to convince you either way if this hard to pronounce chemical is YOUR problem or not. My purpose is to educate you based on over 10 years of personal experience doing eyelash extensions, on the degree to which I believe it is as big of a problem as many seem to believe it is. Revelation Lash Extension Products is a brand that is known for being a top of the line eyelash extension glue, and our most recognized glue that gets by far the most positive feedback from those who are sensitive to other eyelash extension adhesives is the "Maximum Sensitive Eyelash Extension Glue (with the green label)" And it still has Cyanoacrylate in it. But it is mixed in differently than most- if not all others. We won't share trade secrets, but read reviews here- because of the people who try it- most love it and continue to use it because it is the only sensitive glue that will work for them.
Cyanoacrylate Works Best
So far at least, I have yet to see an eyelash extension glue that is not made with a cyanoacrylate base that does the job any lash wearer wants and needs it to do. There may be one out there- and if there is, please comment below so I can do some homework on it. But for now, I have yet to see anything come close when it comes to bond time... (the amount of time the synthetic lash holds to the natural lash)
Let's be clear- I think everybody wants to steer clear of any unnecessary chemicals or drugs for that matter that could have any negative affect on our bodies or health. But sticking with being real- it seems these days like everything is "killing us." I know of people who won't eat certain fruits or vegetables because they have been deemed dangerous or unhealthy by some study. I respect everyone's right to treat their bodies how they want, but I take the stance that moderation in all things seems to do the trick. (tangent recognized, so back to lashes)
Bottom Line: If you want to wear eyelash extensions- you had better be willing to use a glue with Cyanoacrylate in it, or you will most likely be more annoyed with the results than not. Just my opinion.
What Is Cyanoacrylate?
This is a chemical bonding agent that is used for many purposes that widely range from Medical uses to industrial uses. It is defined in Wikipedia like this: "Cyanoacrylates are a family of strong fast-acting adhesives with industrial, medical, and household uses. They are various esters of cyanoacrylic acids. The acryl groups in the resin rapidly polymerize in the presence of water to form long, strong chains. They have some minor toxicity."
The last part is the one that grabs my attention- and should grab your also. "Minor toxicity?!" How Minor is "minor" when talking about using this to bond a lash to my natural lash? Is it dangerous?
Well, I am no doctor, so if you are really concerned after reading this entire post- please do more research and consult a physician. But here is what are known facts about Cyanoacrylate that absolutely nobody can dispute:
In 1998, the FDA approved a kind of Cyanoacrylate to close wounds without using stitches. It is called "Dermabond" and is still widely used today. They acknowledge that there is a very small degree of toxicity, but not enough to cause any negative side effects to prevent them from using it on open wounds. Also, rock climbers are known to use a much more harsh form of cyanoacrylate to repair ripped skin. So- in my humble opinion, aside from some having allergic reactions or varying degrees of irritation from Cyanoacrylates, attaching a synthetic lash to a natural lash using a PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED eyelash extension technician, where the glue is not supposed to make any contact with the skin or eye- you should be fine. However it should be noted that if you have an allergy, even if it does not touch skin you could experience a reaction. But like anything, user beware! You should do your own homework and feel comfortable with the kind of glue your eyelash extension artist will be using etc...
Always Test First!
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! Especially if you have already shown any irritation to other lash products! If you don't want a nightmare scenario with your eyes swelling up like balloons, then you will want to read this carefully!
1) Apply a drop of glue to your inner elbow and/or behind your ear lobe.
2) Wait as long as 24 hours.
3) Regularly check for redness on the skin, raised skin similar to an allergic reaction, and itchiness.
If you show ANY signs of irritation, proceed with caution. Depending on the severity of the irritation, you can decide if you would like to attempt the application of eyelash extensions. Usually, you will know if you will be ok. If you can't wait an entire 24 hours, go as long as possible. I find that MOST will experience irritation within a few hours of the application. But, everyone is different so proceed with caution, and if you have any reservations, wait. Having your own natural lashes always looks better than looking like you just sparred with Mike Tyson.
You really need to try and find out if you have any irritation to eyelash extension glue. The cheapest way to do this is to go to any salon that applies eyelash extensions and ask them to put a tiny drop of the glue they use on your inner elbow and behind your earlobe as I explained above. Watch for signs of irritation. If you see none, then you will most likely love your eyelash extensions. If you do experience irritation- then I would make a decision as to how bad you want to try getting eyelash extensions. My experience is, if your eyelash extension technician has been properly trained and is good at what she does- then you should be just fine. Hundreds of Thousands of women have this procedure done every day, and only a small percentage have the kind of issues that prevent them from continuing to get them.
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