A lot of people are confused about FDA guidelines concerning cosmetics and the hair, skin and nail industry in general. Cosmetic ingredients certainly aren’t regulated in the same ways that food and beverages are but for some reason people are still surprised to find out that certain nasty ingredients and potential allergens are allowed into our cosmetic products every day. There is a simple reason for this however, it’s not a conspiracy. Whether a simple and natural ingredient found in non toxic makeup or something as ominous as formaldehyde found in some eyelash extension products, the FDA regulates a lot of cosmetic ingredients in the same way because when used as directed and for the purpose intended, these products are considered safe. What does this mean in general? Well, applying eye makeup for instance doesn’t involve ingesting the product, and as such, certain ingredients that might certainly be deemed unsafe if swallowed are safe for inclusion. Now, this doesn’t mean that they don’t have guidelines for safe limits and amounts, but it does mean that these ingredients have been deemed allowable and determined to be safe for use for external application. Unless they are hidden, of course…
So it’s up to you, the buyer, to do your research and cross-check the individual ingredients on your false eyelash glue label with the free Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to ensure that they are safe enough to be used on your delicate eyelids!
For people getting ready for a nice new set of silk eyelashes or a luxurious pair of Siberian mink eyelashes by Minki Lashes, the thought of formaldehyde or the ever aggravating rubber latex for the allergic is unappealing. However, because products that are devoid of formaldehyde are often chock full of rubber latex, an ingredient that can’t possibly exist in a hypoallergenic eyelash glue, there are few reasonable options for the seeker of full false eyelashes that wants both a product that is formaldehyde free and is also considered a hypoallergenic eyelash glue.
Consider one option that isn’t actually surprisingly marketed as a hypoallergenic eyelash glue at all. It’s from Duo, one of the most popular leaders in these types of products and that has long been in the hot seat for its use of cancerous formaldehyde in some previous false eyelash formulas. Their new Brush-On Striplash Adhesive (characterized by white and green packaging with vitamin E) contains just four ingredients, and formaldehyde is not one of them; and, neither is rubber latex. As such, because there are less potential irritants, you can rest assured that if you have sensitivity to rubber or have experienced an adverse reaction to formaldehyde, that this product from Duo is one of the closest things to a hypoallergenic eyelash glue that you will find at your local drugstore or online. The active ingredient in this adhesive from Duo is Acrylates/Ethythexy Acrylate Copolymer, and according to the FDA, is relatively safe for use in cosmetics in limited amounts. And, the remaining ingredients in this hypoallergenic eyelash glue are retinol; ascorbic acid and tocopherol, all also not restricted by the FDA for use (as per their guidelines) in certain types of health and beauty products.
For people with multiple sensitivities, using cosmetics and other beauty products can be frustrating and challenging. And, while the FDA encourages the manufacturers to meet safety requirements, there is no guarantee that something that is approved by the FDA won’t cause a reaction in you. If you are unsure about a product and have a history of allergy, consider spot testing as a surefire way to identify problematic products. And if you do happen to get a severe allergic reaction to any one regular or hypoallergenic eyelash glue, consider reporting it directly to the FDA here.
Finally, don’t buy a hypoallergenic eyelash glue until you read our list of 10 facts about eyelash glue!