False eyelashes are nothing new but more and more women have been snatching them off drugstore shelves. They open the eyes, making them the new must-have for makeup bags. However, Consumer Reports and several doctors say you might want to be careful with your eyes, reports the Today Show.
It turns out the formaldehyde in lash glue can cause a number of allergic reactions like sneezing and swollen, irritated eyes. Dr. Orly Avitzur told Today, “The risks are both cosmetic and medical. We’ve come across infection irritation of the eyes inflammation and even ulceration.” The glue can be dangerous, as well as solutions used to remove glue from strip lashes. These reactions can happen with strip lashes as well as eyelash extensions. Though the FDA has approved false lashes and the accompanying glue, some doctors warn women to keep their use to a minimum because of the associated risks.
Besides, falsies can lead to a cycle where the more you put them on, the more you’ll feel you need them because they’re so damaging to the natural lashes. Dr. Avitzur recommends sticking to your regular mascara. Will you stop wearing false eyelashes?