Is Your Lash Growth Serum Causing Lasting Damage?
How big Is the lash market? The results of a survey showed 75% of women age 18-65 want longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. It was that kind of overpowering demand from market research that drove companies to produce lash serum which promises to significantly change lash length, thickness, and darkness within 16 weeks of use.
What is Prostaglandin? Prostaglandin are kind of lipids derived from fatty acids. Sounds harmless, right? And that's how manufacturers of eyelash growth products get to say their products are all-natural. Protaglandin analogues are a mainstay in the treatment of glaucoma, an eye disease. Somewhere along the line, it was discovered that there was a happy side effect to this treatment: eyelash grew like weeds. In fact, the FDA-studied side effect profile in their formulations. Statements from companies claiming that they "contain no active medical ingredients" make things all the more confusing for potential patients trying to do their due diligence if they know they have a previous diagnosis of dry eye or are at increased risk.
But what is the real price of longer lashes? Most commercial lash serum has well-documented side effect potential. These lash serum has been associated with common symptoms of inflammation around the eyes like swollen lids, redness, itching, and watering. In addition to chronic irritation, these lash serum has also been known to darken the eyelid skin and discolor of the iris, as well as causing a sunken eye appearance by shrinking the layers of orbital fat around the eye socket.
It's easy to brush off eye irritation as no big deal, but ocular surface dysfunction and chronic dry eye can take a permanent and lasting toll on your vision quality and ocular comfort. By promoting inflammation on the ocular surface, prostaglandin analog can disrupt tear film production and expression at all layers. Inflammation also promotes thickening of the oil secretion (meibum) expressed by the meibomian glands that run vertically through our top and bottom eyelids and are responsible for secreting the essential top oil layer of our tear film!
Every time we blink, the meibomian glands secrete their oil. If that oil is too thick, it's difficult for the eyelids to spread it evenly over the surface of the eye, more like toothpaste than olive oil. It may even get so thick that the oil blocks and backs up in the gland. This will slowly but surely damage the hands permanently. If the meibomian glands atrophy or die off, the body is not able to repair the tissue and the gland becomes permanently nonfunctional. The result is irreversible and often causes severe dry eye.
What's gotten more serious than the possible risk of permanent and irreversible dryness and ocular surface damage by these lash serum is the financial cost. At around RM150 on average with 3ml to 6ml which can last less than 6 months isn't cheap.
Why BaexLash? I (founder) have acne and sensitive skin personally so I'm very aware on every ingredients contains in my skin care. I've decided to start BaexLash because I can't find a safe and affordable eyelash serum in the market. I gather all the ingredient list that have no side effects and combine them together and tested it for a year among family and friends before launching it to the market. Although BaexLash may not have the effects as fast as those commercial ones but definitely safe for daily and long term use.
How do I know if there's a prostaglandin in my eyelash growth product? This isn't always easy as you won't find the word prostaglandin in the ingredients list. These eyelash growth actives are analogues of prostaglandin and can appear as an intimidating strong chemicals. Here are some scientific name: Isopropanol Phenyl-hydroxy-pentene Dihydroxy-cyclopentyl-heptenate, Dechloro Dihydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide, bitamoprost, Isopropyl Cloprostenate and many other name. If you are not sure just google all the ingredients.
Take Home: If you have a chronic dry eye, or experience any increase in redness, watering, or eye irritation using these products, understand that you may be causing permanent damage to your delicate tear film and ocular surface. Listen to your body and discontinue use immediately if you experience any symptoms. There is a major push within the medical community to have the FDA put stronger regulations on beauty products that are using chemicals with known side effects without disclosing the risks involved, but regulation and oversight may be many years away. Just because a product is over the counter, doesn't mean that it is safe. Make sure you read the ingredients closely on all cosmetics and facial products that you use, and if you spot 'prostaglandin' in any product you are using around your eyelid, consider that lasting dry eye issues could result as a side effect.