There is not single eyelash extension glue or adhesive that is FDA approved. Some manufactures lead you to believe that their glue is FDA approved when really their glue is simply with in FDA guidelines for not having more than 2% formaldehyde as a preservative. It is simple, most cosmetics in the USA contain preservatives and many use formaldehyde. This includes your shampoos, makeup and various other products. Many dry cleaners use formaldehyde. Some people have an allergy to formaldehyde and it could cause a reaction to the eyelash extension adhesive. So, many extension companies manufacture adhesives that do not contain it but not single eyelash extension glue has an FDA approval.
Is the lash extension adhesive “surgical grade”?
Eyelash extension adhesives are not used in surgery or used to glue soft tissue on humans. This is another silly marketing tactic. Please ask what medical facility or organization is using the eyelash glue in a medical procedure if you are told this rubbish. Adhesive produced for medical applications has some similarities and may share an ingredient or two with eyelash extension adhesives but it is doubtful that if the local hospital runs out of surgical glue that they will reach for some eyelash glue. “Nurse Michelle! I need your eyelash glue stat!” Yeah right!
Hypoallergenic Eyelash Extension Adhesive:
It must be awesome if it is hypoallergenic! What does hypoallergenic mean anyways? The term “hypoallergenic” is purely a marketing term. There is really no standard of this term. It is not a scientific, medical or government regulated term. Greek prefix hypo means “less” and allergenic means “causing allergies.” The American Food and Drug Administration states, “Hypoallergenic cosmetics are products that manufacturers claim produce fewer allergic reactions than other cosmetic products. Consumers with hypersensitive skin, and even those with “normal” skin, may be led to believe that these products will be gentler to their skin than non-hypoallergenic cosmetics. There are no Federal standards or definitions that govern the use of the term “hypoallergenic.” So what this means is that hypoallergenic means absolutely NOTHING.
I personally have a huge issue with any big eyelash extension company who claims “FDA approved, surgical grade and hypoallergenic” as though they have a superior adhesive that is so mild and has lasting power to boot. None of these claims are truthful and I must question the integrity and quality of the company for making such false claims.
In almost 16 years and servicing around 3000 eyelash clients, we have seen about 6 authentic allergic reactions. Allergic reactions are possible no matter how rare they are. Unfortunately what some think is irritation due to allergic reactions to is just very sloppy application by technicians. This can cause itching, pinching and massive clumping that doesn’t allow the natural lash to move and shed freely. Using too much adhesive and getting it all over the skin can and will be irritating. This poorly applied extension irritation is far more common than a true allergic reaction.
Yes there are some bad glues. If it was $5 from China, I would avoid it. Some nail shops are using flair glue from the drug stores and other crummy glues that are not manufactured for eyelash extensions. Yes these should be avoided! If you are getting a full set at your local little salon or got a mobile technician for lash, you may want to think of why it is so cheap? The average quality adhesive costs the professional about $80 to $150 for a tiny bottle. The cheap stuff can be $5 from China or the drug store in the automotive department.
The fact is, eyelash extension adhesive is supposed to be applied to eyelash hair. It is not to be applied to the skin like surgical glue. Any time a technician uses too much glue or poorly applies the extensions so the glue contacts the skin, there are going to be issues. This stuff is strong. It has to be to use so very little of it and still have the holding strength to last as long as it does. It is supposed to be expertly applied by a licensed, experienced technician so no glue comes in contact with the skin.
Safe, quality glue is important but no matter how safe the manufacturer claims the glue is, it is the skill of the lash artist that ensures ultimate safety, quality and comfort. Adhesive is important but the best adhesive doesn’t ensure an excellent eyelash experience, that experience is in the hands of the technician.