Misconceptions about Irritation during and following a Lash Extensions Application 

The reality is, many factors  play a role in causing or eliminating adverse reactions. But, it’s a common misconception that it’s the eyelash extension adhesive that is the root cause of irritation and adverse reactions in the eye area. 

 In our experience many adverse reactions during (and sometimes even after) a lash application result from the undereye patch or the tape being used to cover the lower lashes.   

Irritation and the UnderEye Patch 

It is without a doubt – that incorrect placement of the eye-patch will cause irritations in your client’s eye. Learning the correct method in positioning the eye-patch, and the importance of consistently checking patches throughout your application is one of the fundamentals of good training.


What is not more widely known, however, is that the ingredients in some patches and tapes can be the number one cause of adverse reactions including irritations or allergic reactions. So knowing, what is in your the patch you are using is just as important as where you place the patch.

As Xtreme Lashes® CEO, Jo Mousselli, RN, states,  “For lash wearers who have sensitive skin, and for those who are prone to allergies, active ingredients found in under eye patches and tape may cause irritation or an allergic reaction as evidenced by signs and symptoms ranging from; mild redness, tearing, burning sensation to a more severe cases of inflammation, swelling of the eyes. These reactions can be immediate or may present themselves after the application is complete – within hours or a day or two. 

Jo continues in that, “While ingredients in the Xtreme Lashes Hydrating Under Eye Gel Patches and Lint-Free Under Eye Gel Patches have been researched and developed to hydrate, rejuvenate, and combat the signs of aging of the delicate under eye area,some clients may not be able to tolerate these ingredients.” 

It is important to know what ingredients are in the patches you are using and what patches you should use for different clients.


How to Minimise Potential Irritation and Adverse Reactions (and keep Clients happy!) 

  • Questions, Questions, Questions! During your Pre-Application Consultation, if your client reveals that they have sensitive skin and/or allergies to cosmetics, be sure to use proven hypoallergenic patches and adhesive. If you have any doubt about the level of sensitivity your client has, reach for Silicone Under Eye Patches.
  • Ensure you are applying the Under-Eye Patches correctly. Click here to watch our demo video.
  • Keep your lash room’s humidity between 45%—60% and well-ventilated.  


Our Product tips  
  • Xtreme Lashes Silicone Under Eye Patchesis the only disposable silicon patch on the market. They have been clinically tested and validate as hypoallergenic and made for those clients who have sensitivities.