The top eyelash growth products are used to treat hypotrichosis, also known as insufficient eyelashes. These products help your lashes become longer and thicker, thus, improving their overall appearance. Most eyelash products are to be applied in a gentle stroke to the upper and lower eyelash line. And if done consistently, will give you longer lashes. These drugs do, however, have some negative side effects.
Latisse is a popular prescription drug that enhances eyelashes. It was originally a treatment for glaucoma. The main ingredient, Bimatoprost, had the unexpected side effect of giving patients healthier lashes. The manufacturer, Allergen, diluted the drug and marketed it as Latisse. At approximately $120 per tube, it has become well-received amongst women with thin or thinning eye lashes. Some men also use it to stave off baldness. However, Latisse can cause discoloration of the iris and must be used consistently to maintain the effect.
Produced by a company that manufactures high-end skin products, Elastilash is a peptide-based product for eyelash lengthening. Unlike Latisse, which can cause discoloration of the iris, Elastilash does not. Also, it is much cheaper at anywhere between $50 to $60 a tube. In addition, Elastilash will not cause darkening of the eyelid. It is not a prescription drug and can be purchased at the offices of certain specific dermatologists across the United States and abroad.
As noted above, Bimatoprost is the key ingredient in another lash-enhancing product, Latisse. It has been used for over a decade to treat glaucoma. However, Bimatoprost can be purchased, under the name Lumigan, for much less: about $35. For that reason, some people, such as alopecia sufferers, opt to buy Lumigan on their lashes.
Many people use Careprost as an alternative to Latisse. It can be purchased via online pharmacies for approximately $10 before shipping costs. Users report eyelash lengthening and those that use it on their eyebrows have had success.
Folligen Hair & Scalp Nutrient Cream is a copper peptide-based product is known to increase hair length and retails for about $21. Copper peptide increases hair follicle size, thus increasing growth. As such it is used by many to make eyelashes longer. Unlike other similar products that are based on Bimatoprost, Folligen will not cause a change in iris color or other side effects. It can be applied with a mascara brush to the eyelashes, where they meet the eyelids.
This peptide-based product is reported to improve eyelashes when applied regularly. It is arguably the oldest such product on the market as it was originally introduced in 2005. Users have reported no side-effects and claim that it indeed lengthens lashes. However, at the Marini Lash website, the manufacturer contradictorily offers a disclaimer which states that the product does not “promote the growth of eyelashes or eyebrows”. A one ounce container costs $160.
Dermalash is a conditioning serum that lengthens lashes. However, some report that it had no impact on them. The product contains mainly botanicals, including Tussilago farfara, which is also known as colts foot or coughwort. It also contains apigenin, which is used to stimulate blood vessels.
Originally created by an eye doctor, RevitaLash is marketed to help eyelashes look longer and healthier. The manufacturer, Athena Cosmetics, asserts that the active ingredient, latanoprost, is at a very low concentration. Still some users say the product darkened their eyelids. It is not FDA-approved and retails for $150.
This mascara thickens lashes and is marketed by Revlon as a product that will help eyelashes grow stronger and longer. Some users, however, argue that they have seen no difference in their eyelashes. Yet, many others swear that the product does indeed work. It can be purchased for $7.99 or less.
Some individuals opt to use castor oil or pure Vitamin E oil to encourage eyelash growth. Others yet apply Vaseline to their eyelash strands. There is no scientific proof that any of these alternative products spur growth.
Whatever you do, be sure to consult with your physician or a dermatologist prior to commencing any regimen to increase the length of your lashes.