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.


Before carrying out any treatment, you should always carry out a thorough consultation.

The most important aspect of this is to ensure that it is safe to carry out the treatment. You should gather personal and medical information about your client, including whether they have any allergies or are taking medication. This should help you establish whether there are any contra-indications or contra-actions to treatment.

Patch Test

Sensitivity Patch Testing of Products & Following Manufacturer’s Instructions. You should always follow the specific manufacturer’s instructions on how and when to perform a sensitivity patch test (If one is required).

A contra- indication refers to any condition that will either prevent a treatment from being carried out or will require the treatment to be adapted. Before commencing after treatment, it is important to carry out a consultation with your client. This allows you identify any possible contra-indications through questioning and observation.

Nervous clients

Virus- cold sores

Herpes Bacteria

impetigo Fungal

Ringworm Parasitic

Head lice


Inflammation of the skin



Eye infections – conjunctivitis

Positive patch test