Luscious, lustrous, thick, dark eyelashes are the envy of women all over the world. The longer and thicker your eyelashes, the bigger and brighter your eyes look---and the younger you look. No wonder products that promise to enhance or stimulate eyelash growth are flooding the market. You have lots of products from which to choose. Some work, some don't. Most are expensive.
One of the most effective products, bimatoprost, marketed as Latisse, was discovered by accident when patients who were using bimatoprost for their glaucoma reported abundant eyelash growth as a side effect. Latisse, developed by Allergan in response to that discovery, is the first prescription product to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for eyelash growth. A study to assess the safety and efficacy of bimatoprost, which was reported in the May 2010 issue of "Dermatologic Surgery," found the product to be safe for application to the eyelids and that it enhanced eyelash growth. All 28 study subjects noticed positive changes in their eyelashes.
You will notice eyelash growth after two to four months of daily use of Latisse. If you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will return to their prior appearance in four to six weeks.
Latisse is a prescription product, so ask your doctor about it. Unfortunately, there are some Internet websites that offer Latisse without a prescription, but you run the risk of purchasing a product that is counterfeit or in some way changed that could be harmful.
Over the Counter Products
Several commercial products that enhance eyelash growth have as their active ingredients hyaluronic acid and bio-peptides. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes lashes, making them look healthier and stronger. It also stimulates eyelash growth. The bio-peptides fortify eyelashes, making them less likely to break. Lashipix, Neulash, and MD Lash Factor fall into this group.
Some Latisse users with green or hazel eyes have reported that Latisse altered their eye color. However, Dr. Steve Yoelin, who has treated over 1,500 patients with Latisse, has not seen iris color change in any of them.
MD Lash Factor was recalled in Australia after some health risks were reported.
Claims are made with abandon when a product that promises big profits for manufacturers hits the marketplace. Be cautious. Be smart. Ask your dermatologist or ophthalmologist what she recommends. Many of these products are considered very over-priced, so shop around for the best combination of safety, effectiveness and price.