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Contraindications in Beauty

A contraindication in the beauty industry is a condition or factor that increases the risks involved in a treatment. It is important that you recognize a contraindication to prevent further harm to the client, yourself  and to prevent cross-contamination and infection. Any contraindications should be identified during the consultation.

Contraindications and Special Care for Body and Facial Treatments

There are a few different contraindications that you should be aware of before taking on new beauty clients. Find these special care considerations for body and facial treatments below.


    • If your client has an allergic reaction to the patch test.  
    • Cataract (a clouding of the natural lens in one or both eyes leading to decreased vision)
    • Cysts ( A dust is a lump of the upper or lower eyelid caused by obstruction and inflammation of an oil gland of the eyelid. )
    • Diabetic Retinopathy ( a medical condition in which damage occurs to the retina due to diabetes) 
    • Glaucoma 
    • Herpes Simplex 
    • Blepharitis ( An ocular condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyelid )
    • Hordeola/Stye/Styes ( A small collection of puss/abscess on the eyelid )
    • Skin Disease, Skin Trauma, Cuts, Abrasions, Burns, and Swelling in the immediate area.
    • Skin Disorders in the general eye area. ( Dermatitis, Xanthelasma, Syringoma )
    • Eye Infections ( Impetigo, Conjunctivitis )
    • Eye Inflammation ( Uveitis )
    • Recent surgeries around the eyes, head, or face.
    • Scar Tissue
    • Watery Eyes
    • Hypersensitive Skin/Eyes
    • Keratitis ( Inflammation of the cornea of the eye )
    • Cancer or those undergoing Chemotherapy 
    • Alopecia ( Loss of hair )
    • Trichotillomania ( Classified as an impulse control disorder )
    • Bells Palsy or any condition that makes closing or opening the eye(s) difficult.
    • Any disease/disorder that causes shaking twitching or erratic movements.


    • Pregnant & Brest-Feeding
    • Recent Lasik Surgery 
    • Dry Eye Syndrome
    • Glaucoma
    • Post Chemotherapy
    • Vitamins/Hormones 

Further Contraindications for Clients Comfort

    • Claustrophobia
    • Hay-fever/Rhinitis
    • Contact Lenses
    • If using collagen eye pads during the lash lift treatment please ensure the client has no previous history of reacting to collagen or the ingredients in the eye pad. In this circumstance opt for micro tape instead of the collagen eye pads.

Definition of Contra Actions

Contra-actions - A contra-action is a reaction after a treatment has been preformed. If a client was to suffer from an allergic reaction post treatment even though a patch test was carried out prior to treatment, this would be a contra action.  If this were to occur, apply a cool compress to the skin to reduce redness and irritation. If the reaction continues the client would need to seek medical advice from a medical professional.