A contra-indication is something which will prevent you from carrying out your treatment

Skin allergies, or a positive reaction to a patch test of products to be used

Contagious or infectious diseases such as conjunctivitis

Infective Conjunctivitis – infective conjunctivitis is caused by a virus or bacteria. The most common symptoms include reddening and watering of the eyes, and a sticky coating on the eyelashes

Medical conditions resulting in hair loss

  • Impetigo – reddening of skin, but soon becomes a cluster of blisters or pustules. This is highly contagious, and treatment would cause cross infection.
  • Folliculitis – infection of a hair follicle caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This is an acute inflammation which occurs with pus formation.
  • Boils – a boil is a painful, red bump on the skin usually caused by an infected hair follicle. As white blood cells fight the infection, pus forms inside and the boil grows larger. Eventually, it will rupture, and the pus will drain away. Boils usually occur on the neck, face, thighs, armpits, and buttocks.
  • Shingles – an infection of a nerve and the area of skin around it. It is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. Most people have chickenpox in childhood, but after the illness has gone the virus remains dormant in the nervous system. The immune system keeps the virus in check, but later in life it can be reactivated and cause shingles. Shingles usually affects a specific area on either the left or right side of the body. The main symptoms are pain and a rash which develops into itchy blisters and then scabs over.
  • Ringworm – a general term used to refer to a skin infection caused by a fungi called dermatophytes. The condition is known as ringworm because it can leave a ring-like red rash on the skin. It does not have anything to do with worms. It can affect different parts of the body. Ringworm is highly contagious. It can be passed between people through skin contact and by sharing objects such as towels and bedding.
  • Scabies – a contagious skin condition where the main symptom is intense itching. It is caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin. Scabies can be spread through skin-to-skin contact for long periods of time with someone who is infected or sexual contact with someone who is infected. Scabies can also be passed on through sharing clothing, towels, and bedding with someone who is infected. However, this is less likely than getting the infection through skin-to skin contact. The incubation period for scabies is up to eight weeks.

Contra-indications Restricting Treatment

  • Hay fever – treatment is best avoided during the hay fever season. Watery, sensitive eyes must not be treated.
  • Localised swelling, cuts, bruises, or abrasions
  • Skin allergies, or a positive reaction to a patch test of products to be used 
  • Eye surgery (approximately six months)
  • Previous chemical eye treatments such as eyelash perming, as this may weaken the natural eyelashes
  • Inflammation of the skin – if the client is suffering from inflammation of the skin anywhere near the eye, they should not be treated.
  • Contact lenses must be removed 
  • Dry eye syndrome – this occurs when not enough tears are produced, or oil glands become blocked which can lead to the inflammation and irritation of the eye. The client would not be suitable for treatment as the drops used to lubricate the eyes would cause the lash extensions to clump together.  


A contra-action can occur during or after any beauty or holistic treatment. Below is a list of contra-actions that can occur during an eye treatment

A common contra-action associated with eyelash extensions is an allergic reaction.

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include itching, swelling, inflammation, blistering at the site of contact followed by weeping, dryness and flaking of the skin. Symptoms of an allergy are not always immediate and may take up to 48 hours to surface. 

If the client experiences any irritation to their eyes during the treatment, or they get any adhesive in their eyes, you should seek medical advice immediately.