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Our brand’s commitment to vision is also unwavering. This is why for each lash purchase, OulenceMD Beauty will sponsor one diabetic patient to have a screening examination. Why? Because vision matters.

Why no adhesive? Have you ever had a bad reaction to your eyelash extensions? I have and I have seen it many times in patients as well. In many cases, this is the result of an allergy to eyelash glue, and specifically to an ingredient called cyanoacrylate.

What Is cyanoacrylate? Cyanoacrylate is an ingredient used in all eyelash glue, even those formulated for sensitive or allergic eyes. The reason it is used in all eyelash glue is because it is what provides the glue it’s adhesive quality. Without cyanoacrylate, the extensions wouldn’t actually stick to your client’s eyelashes.

Cyanoacrylate is very adhesive and it solidifies fast, which makes it a great choice for eyelash extensions. Cyanoacrylate glue is also the industrial name for what is commonly known as “Crazy Glue” or “Super Glue”. It can be used to combine anything from metal to plastic and even human skin.

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Cyanoacrylate glue, the industrial name for what is commonly known as “Crazy Glue," is widely used to apply lashes. For most of your eyelash clients, there is no problem with this ingredient. As long as the extensions are applied very carefully and the glue never gets in the eye or on the skin, they will have no reaction to cyanoacrylate whatsoever. However, in rare cases clients develop an allergy to this ingredient. Sometimes they may have allergic symptoms the first time they get eyelash extensions, but in other cases they will develop the allergy over time and have to stop getting eyelash extensions all together.

An allergic reaction to cyanoacrylate usually causes redness, itching, and bumps along the lash line shortly after receiving a set of eyelash extensions. Unfortunately, for the small percentage of clients who have this reaction, eyelash extensions requiring glue are simply not a good option.

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The majority of the top individual lash extension brands use ethyl-2 cyanoacrolate in their adhesive. Ethyl-2 (ECA) is made by the condensation of formaldehyde with ethyl cyanoacetate. Yes. You read that right. Formaldehyde. As in what is used to embalm dead people. Many of these brands will mention 2-octyl cyanoacrylate (Dermabond), which is used as a medical adhesive to close skin wounds. How does this type of cyanoacrolate differ from the type used to apply eyelash extensions? The glues used in medial applications for tissue adhesion (such as 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate) have longer alkyl chains than ethyl cyanoacrolate used for non-medical indications. This difference is also what can lead to a heat reaction with ethyl cyanoacrolate which can cause burns, like the one seen in the photo below.

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