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Eyelash Growth Serums – Do They Really Work?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

The Growing Popularity of Eyelash Growth Serum

The term “Eyelash Enhancer” is used to refer to beauty products applied to eyelashes to promote their growth. As opposed to eyelash implants and eyelash extensions, that involve taking natural or synthetic hairs and adding them onto your existing lashes, eyelash enhancers actually take your nature-given eyelashes and take them to the next level. Through these products, naturally long, thick and full eyelashes can now be yours.

What They Claim* to do?

Eyelash enhancers are over the counter beauty products that come in a cream, gel or serum form. They usually come in small tubes and are applied to the eyelashes twice a day in order to promote growth in the lashes making them full and long. These products have components and vitamins that keep the eyelashes healthy. Pro-vitamin B5 and humectants are examples of these components. Dr. David Colbert, a dermatologist with a practice in the Flatiron district has been quoted to say that “It’s really about conditioning and giving the lash T.L.C.,” Dr. Colbert said. “If you moisturize anything, it’s going to look better*.”

Eyelash Growth Serums: How They Work?

The makers of these eyelashes enhancing* products have been researching for years to identify the factors that limit the growth of our lashes and have taken the liberty of finding ways to counter hormones and conditions that limit the growth of our precious lashes.

Eyelash enhancers work around either of the two ways: One, by making sure that the eyelash follicles’ growth phase lasts long enough to produce* gorgeous lashes. Two, by strengthening the hair itself to prevent premature breakage or falling off of the hair. Most formulations available in the market will contain a variety of hormones, nutrients and other ingredients that will either lengthen the follicles’ growth phase, provide adequate nutrients to the hair itself or both.

Eyelash enhancers usually come in tubes with their own wand applicator. Clean the eye area and remove* contact lenses. Just draw the wand applicator as close to the base of your eyelashes as possible and you’re done. You only have to do this two times daily. Results will start to show in a span of a week to three weeks.

Are Lash-Enhancing Serums Safe?

The question of whether or not eyelash enhancers are safe is hard to answer. The answer is actually mainly yes, well they do work, a big chunk of the time actually. They will work if you choose the best eyelash growth serum available in the market and is shown to have all natural and effective ingredients.

However the scary reality is most eyelash enhancers are not FDA approved. Some studies and reports have also show the negative side effect to using eyelash enhancers.

What are The Common Side Effects of Lash Growth Serum?

Unfortunately such cutting edge technology cannot come without a price. Over the years many patients have come forward with complaints of discoloration of and around the eyes, redness and irritation after the use of certain eyelash enhancers. Here are some possible adverse side effects of the drug:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Redness
  • Skin pigmentation, darkened eyelids
  • Iris pigmentation
  • Hair growth in unintended places if the medication drips off during medication. You have to be extra careful not to get these products into other areas of your skin. Remember, the way these products work is by stimulating you hair follicles, which can be found in most parts of your body. This means that it could cause unwanted hair growth should it come in contact with other parts of your skin.

Normally about 4% of e users will experience some negative side effects. A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology studied a bimatropost-containing gel and its effects on 52 patients that were enrolled in the study.

  • After 6 months patients in the test group had eyelashes that were, on average, .89mm longer than patients on the control* group.
  • 25% of the participants in the test group reported experiencing adverse effect compared to 12.5% in the control* group.
  • 4 subjects completely withdrew from the study due to the adverse effects.

Bottom Line

Eyelash enhancers will always have their nay-sayers. If you want to try a new product but you’ve read up on its possible negative effects but you still want to try it. Just always remember to proceed with caution. Always do your research. You can ask around, read and review books regarding the product you are interested in. If you really want to try it but the idea of having it so near your eyes is still sketchy to you, then a patch test could ease* your worries. A patch test is a great way to know if you have an allergic reaction to a certain product. In this case, before applying your new eyelash enhancer to you eyelashes, it could also be a good idea to apply a drop of the product on your arms first. Wait for at least 24 hours. If in that spot of time you are itch and infection free, that only means that your eyelash enhancer is your friend, not foe.