(Closed) False eyelashes and formaldehyde?!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As a performer, I’ve used false eyelashes on many occasions, for many years,  and have never had a problem…

Post # 5
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Wow, crazy, I never noticed that!  For what it’s worth, I have used false eyelashes several times, and never had any kind of reaction or irritation to my eyes or eyelids – and my skin tends to be pretty reactive.  I can’t think what kind of glue I generally use, but it’s the regular stuff sold alongside the strips of eyelashes – “Duo” or whatever it’s called.

I don’t wear falsies regularly, just for special occasions when I want some more oomph.  And you only need to use a tiny amount of glue per strip.  Like I use a toothpick to line the strip with glue, otherwise it’s too much.  So the amount of formaldehyde in that already small amount of glue is probably minuscule.

Post # 6
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Most cosmetics are loaded with toxic chemicals.  You’re probably fine as long as you only use the lash adhesive for your wedding and not every day.  FYI, formaldehyde is one of the main ingredients in most nail polishes too :-/ 

Post # 7
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@seven12: I was going to say the same thing! It’s definitely in nail polish.

You are overreacting. I’m a chemistry PhD student, and yes formaldehyde is highly toxic, but generally inhalation or ingestion are the problem exposure types. And generally chronic exposure (i.e. people who worked with it in a factory for years and years) are the only ones with long term effects. Acute exposure is generally reversible, and usually just results in itchiness like an allergic reaction. Plus the concentration of formaldehyde in the glue is probably really low.

So calm down, and as long as you don’t wear fake lashes every day, you’ll be fine!

Post # 7
1922 posts
Buzzing bee

I had this same discovery today and I’m terrified! And I’m discovering most eyelash glues have it- so what am I supposed to do, try Emer’s glue?

Post # 8
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - On the Beach in Negril, Jamaica

I’ve used lashes that I purchase from a beauty supply almost daily for YEARS, even since high school. Never had any problems and/or irritations. 

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