Eyelash enhancers have become increasingly popular because of its promise to turn drab, sparse and brittle eyelashes into sultry, lush and long eyelashes by the simple process of applying serums to the eyelash area. However convenient, it is important to be knowledgeable of the side effects that plague these products. Yes, you will get longer lashes but at what cost?
It is important to note that of all the products mentioned in this article, it is only Latisse that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA.
According to its website Latisse is a product specifically made to treat* hypotrichosis or the condition of having inadequate or sparse lashes. This means that this product is not an over the counter treatment and it has to be used along with guidance from your doctor. If used properly, Latisse promises to give you eyelashes that are longer, fuller and darker.
There have been reported side effects to Latisse such as a brown pigmentation in the iris of the eyes which can become permanent. Eyelid skin darkening is also another concern but this can be treated easily by just stopping the use of Latisse immediately. The more common side effects are irritated and red eyes but other symptoms such as rashes, red itchy welts, wheezing asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint have been reported as well. If these symptoms occur it is adviced to consult with your doctor.
What is commendable about Latisse is the fact that they have made this information easily accessible in their website in order for you to properly make an informed decision as to buying Latisse or not.
Lilash promises to make your eyelash follicles stronger by thoroughly conditioning it and enhancing* the natural look of your eyelashes. This product also promises to reduce* the brittleness and damage to your eyelashes which can be caused by the use of eyelash extensions, false lashes and even mascara.
Side effects such as redness of the eye area and even itching have been reported. It also has similar side effects to Latisse such as the odd brown pigmentation that can develop in the iris over time and skin darkening. Another side effect is irregular eyelash growth which just defeats the purpose of buying an eyelash enhancer really. These side effects are attributed to the fact that the product contains prostaglandin analog which the company refuses to address and to make knowledgeable through their list of ingredients.
Rapid lash maintains that it is safe for use and does not contain all the other harmful ingredients found in other products. However, a letter from the FDA written in April of 2011 addressing the safety of the use of this product says otherwise.
“Under section 602(a) of the Act (21 U.S.C. § 362(a)), a cosmetic is misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. “RapidLash”… are misbranded cosmetics under section 602(a) because, as discussed above, their labeling is misleading in that it fails to reveal facts material with respect to consequences that may result from the use of the products under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling.”
This is with reference to the fact that Rapid Lash also contained the harmful ingredient known as prostaglandin analog which causes the same side effects in Lilash. They failed to properly inform the public of the side effects that come with it.
Although Revitalash now claims to be bimatropost free, however there is the concern of it having chlorphenesin in its list of ingredients. You see, this ingredient has been tested and it was found to cause drowsiness, dizziness and it can even interact with other drugs. If mixed with phenoxyethanol, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea in infants and can depress the central nervous system which can then have the effect of facial dermatitis.
Smart lash also claims to be safe considering the fact that it does not have prostaglandin in it. However, women who have tried this product have reported watery eyes and blurry vision as a result of using this for a few days and even for a few hours.
Although eyelash enhancers contain the promise of giving you long, lush and dark eyelashes, this usually comes with a price. Always make it a point to make informed decisions with regards to buying these products. Make the necessary research and patch tests just to be extra safe.