In this day and age, bigger is better. Fake eyelashes, often known to the makeup world as “falsies,” are all the rage right now. The process to apply false eyelashes is simple albeit tedious: you apply eyelash adhesive to the edge and glue them down as close to your natural lash line as possible. Once laid down correctly, they make your eyelashes look fuller and longer, but is it worth the potential damage they can cause?

Let’s find out a little bit more about the dangers of what’s become a beauty staple.

What’s in Eyelash Glue?

Every brand’s formulation will be different, but here are a few common ingredients in eyelash glue.

  • Water
  • Latex
  • Acrylates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Ammonium Hydroxide
  • Fragrance

It may sound scary, but it’s not a scare tactic. Ammonium hydroxide is known best for its use in cleaners, but it’s also considered safe for use in food by the FDA. Formaldehyde, on the other hand, is a known carcinogen. Latex, although not necessarily harmful to the average person, is prone to causing allergic reactions.

How Can You Prevent Damage?

Here are a few ways, starting with the most effective:

  1. Don’t wear false eyelashes: It’s an obvious answer, but also one that may not sound doable if you’re a fan of this trend. If you can’t cut them out of your beauty routine completely, limit their use as much as possible. Don’t put them on to go run errands or hang out with a friend who doesn’t care what you look like anyway.
  2. Find natural lash glue: The dangers of eyelash glue are more well-known these days, which means that some brands have put out glue that isn’t full of harmful ingredients. Take a look at the back of the package before you buy and make sure everything is safe.
  3. Be careful and rinse well: If you can’t commit to doing one of the above, at least make sure to take the best care of your eyes as you can. Keep the eyelashes far enough away to keep the glue out of your eyes, and rinse your eyes thoroughly once you take them off.

Is Glue the Only Hazard Associated with False Eyelashes?

Short answer: no. It may be the most common and direct cause of problems, but there are other dangers that come along with fake eyelashes.

  • Loose eyelashes: Like with natural lashes, these lashes can come loose and get lodged in the eyes.
  • Damage from tools: Many people choose to apply their lashes with their fingers, but tweezers and similar tools are just as common. Putting fake eyelashes on is a good way to train a steady hand, but no one is completely safe with these tools near their eyes.

It’s important to protect your eyes in any way that you can. If you believe you may have an eye infection, schedule an appointment to see one of our eye doctors in Lapeer, Fenton, Grand Blanc, Oxford, or Flint.