It’s that time of year again. The sun is out, everything is blooming and beautiful but to those affected with seasonal allergies, Spring can be one of the most uncomfortable times of the year. If you’re a seasonal allergy suffer who also wears eyelash extensions, you probably already know that your symptoms can feel much worse at certain times. This article will explain why and what you can do about it.
Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis (SAC/PAC)
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) is by far the most common type of eye allergy. Clients can experience symptoms in spring, summer or fall, depending on the type of plant pollens in the air. Typical symptoms include:
- Clear, watery discharge
Clients with SAC may have chronic dark circles under their eyes and puffy eyelids. Bright lights may also be bothersome. SAC symptoms often accompany the traditional runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion associated with hay fever and other seasonal allergies. The itching may be so bothersome that clients rub their eyes frequently, making symptoms worse and potentially causing infection which can also cause them to lose their eyelash extensions prematurely.
Perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC) occurs year-round. Symptoms are the same as with SAC, but tend to be milder. They are typically caused by reactions to dust mites, mold, pet dander or other household allergens, rather than pollen.
What Can I do to Relieve Symptoms?
- Wear glasses or sunglasses outside to minimize the amount of pollen settling onto your lashes.
- Try not to rub your eyes…even if you REALLY want to
- Cleanse your lashes twice a day to remove allergens. Once in the AM and once in the PM. Using Chrissanthie Lid Cleaner is a good option.
- Wash your pillowcases every two to three days.
- Wash your hands often and try, try, try not to touch your eyes.
- Use an OTC allergy eye drop or oral medication.
- If symptoms are severe, ask your doc for a prescription allergy eye drop and/or medication.
Remember we have lashes for a reason, to catch dirt and debris in the air before it enters the eye, by increasing the surface area of the lashes with extensions they will now catch even more irritating allergy triggers than normal.
Also note you may feel as though you are shedding more lashes during these times of year. This may be due to increased hair “shedding” in spring, eye rubbing (conscious or unconscious), excessive eye watering, etc. Don’t fret. This is normal. You may just want to schedule your touch ups a little closer together for a month or two to keep your lashes full, lush and lovely.
By, Cecilli Pearse | Lash Affair Trainer – WA