When is the Right Time to Remove Eyelash Extensions?

If you're experiencing irritation, redness, swelling, pain, or other uncomfortable symptoms around your eyes, it's likely time to take a break from your eyelash extensions. Allergies, either seasonal or hereditary, can also be the cause of these issues. In either case, removing your lashes can give your eyes a rest and allow your immune system to heal. An eye doctor or allergy specialist can help you determine the root cause and get you back on track.

If the extensions have been misapplied, it can cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive eyes or skin. A qualified stylist can provide advice on how to make your lashes look their best again. They can use special products to carefully remove the extensions without damaging them or allowing them to twist and tangle randomly. Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling anxiety disorder that causes an irresistible urge to pull out hair from the scalp or eyelashes.

It's important to remember that your natural eyelashes work in a cycle just like your hair; there are always new baby eyelashes growing in and older ones that fall out when it's time for them to go. It usually takes five to six weeks for a full set of lashes to come off completely, and even then you may find some stragglers that are very determined. Poorly trained technicians using too much glue or having extensions that are too long or heavy for natural lashes are common causes of breakage. If this sounds like you, it's best to have a professional remove them.

Towards the end of the cycle, your extensions may have grown a bit and some may twist or fall out - this is normal. A beauty product with ingredients that dissolve the adhesive may take a few days to separate the extension from the natural lash. The reaction could be related to an undiagnosed cyanoacrylate allergy, which can be aggravated if an adhesive remover is used.

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