Eyelash Serums

As this site is more parties, leisure  and happy times I would not normally add serious subjects to blogs, but I felt this information published in 2014 on a website that will shortly be taken down is important for circulation.  I have transferred the content to this site with updates.

This 10-year-old blog has been picked up by someone who has lost a sister to cancer which she now concludes was the use of an eyelash serum being the catalyst to the problem.  She recently contacted me and this is what she writes : –

“Thank you for talking to me the other day.  I was very pleased to find your article and incredibly you were ahead of your time, I believe.

 Whilst it is too late for my beloved sister, I feel so strongly that she was right in her assumption that use of ‘Revitash’, for the year prior to diagnosis of Occular Malignant Melanoma, was the catalyst, I am attempting to expose the need for stricter regulation for such.

 Sadly, this cancer was so insignificant in its early days that you could assume it was nothing more than something in your eye, yet the fallout from it was both terminal and horrific in what had to be endured in an attempt to stay alive.

 The fact that the ingredients (prostaglandins etc) are used in prescription medicine and regulated, but this is negated for cosmetics, means that little option is given for making an informed decision on whether to use or not.   Furthermore, side effects are played down or not mentioned at all.

 Have added a link and a section taken from a website regarding these products which you yourself already know and although I don’t know what I expect you do for me, I simply wanted to get in touch with you because you had the foresight to make reference when no one else had.

Thank you once again.  It has been helpful to me to at least see that someone has a moral standpoint on this and I hope that others see your post and consider the very real risks before going ahead and using it.

 My opinion is that it will soon be exposed as the dangerous product it is, particularly because of the pigmentation aspect and its ability to get into the eye and change its colour. 

 There is no doubt in my mind and there was no doubt in my sister Sarah’s that this product was instrumental and she paid with it with her life.”

Eyelash Growth Serums – Good and Bad!

By Jane Watkin | September 30, 2014

With long eyelashes being on our cosmetic wish list the brand marketers are all geared up to tell us that their products will give us the best result ever. As a lashologist and eyelash stylist I need to know what’s on sale out there and what gives the best results. There is a large amount of lash serum products available to the consumer, some are affordable therefore questionable as to their merits for such reasonable prices and then there’s the expensive which would then perhaps give the user a feeling of confidence. Taking a look at the many reviews made by users it is really difficult to determine if may of the reviews are in fact genuine.

Taking my research a little further, I found that some of the expensive eyelash growth serums did have consistent positive reviews. Having a look into the main reason for success appeared to be based upon a key ingredient that of prostaglandin analogues. The use to prostaglandin analogues and eyelash serums took me to a 2013 published report by The Swedish Medical Products Agency regarding eyelash growth serums analysis. The analysis was done to discover the percentage of prostaglandin analogues found in each eyelash serum growth product on the market. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this chemical it is a synthetic molecule used alone or combined to reduce intraocular pressure in people who have glaucoma or high intraocular pressure. It can also be found in beta blockers for heart conditions. The use of prostaglandin analogues in eyelash growth serum by cosmetic manufacturers is due to cases of increased eyelash growth (mainly length) in people using glaucoma medication.

In 2012 The Swedish Medical Products Agency’s started to analyse 26 products in total and found prostaglandin analogues in as many of nine. In three of the nine the prostaglandin analogues were not listed in the ingredients on the packaging. The Swedish Medical Products Agency advises consumers not to use products containing this ingredient as this might lead to serious side effects.

The possible side effects of use of products with prostaglandin analogues could be skin darkening were the product is applied, a change in the natural eye colour from light to dark, allergic reactions and irritation of the affected skin, irregular eyelash growth. Macular edmea a retinal complication that can affect the vision and possible change in intraocular pressure is a less common possibility but should not be dismissed as a side effect for long term lash serum users.

If you find this information of interest and are currently using an eyelash serum that delivers results I would be interested to know the brand and name of the product.

The Swedish Medical Products Agency report published 2013.

Nine out of 26 products contained prostaglandin analogues and the Agency views this very seriously. Prostaglandin analogues are pharmaceutical substances that are found in approved medicinal products. The Swedish Medical Products Agency considers that this type of substance should not occur in cosmetic products.

– The results are both striking and disappointing, when the prostaglandin analogues are not even included in the declaration of contents, says Ingela Ottoson, Assessor at the Medical Products Agency.

The following products were shown to contain prostaglandin analogues after laboratory analysis:

Xlash Eyelash Enhancer
Neulash (New improved formula)
NeuveauBrow (New improved formula)
Nutraluxe MD Lash
M2 Lashes Eyelash activating serum
Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to die for Platinum

During the autumn of 2012 the Swedish Medical Products Agency decided to ban certain eyelash serums that contained prostaglandin analogues. The Agency will pursue the issue of a sales ban against those companies that today sell products containing this type of substance.

Risks of spiked eyelash serum

Prostaglandin analogues can cause side effects such as eye irritation, itching, eye pain, change of eye colour and darker pigmentation around the eye. There are signals that prostaglandins can change the fatty tissue in the eye socket, so that the eye can sink in.

The Swedish Medical Products Agency advises consumers not to use eyelash serum containing prostaglandin analogues. If you suspect that you have suffered side effects from the products, you should seek health care and submit a report on the side effects to the Agency. Both the consumer and health care staff can do this.

 Summary of analytical results 2013

Product name Identified prostaglandin analogue Included in the declaration of contents
Neulash Isopropyl Cloprostenate Yes
Neulash (New improved formula) Isopropyl Cloprostenate No
NeuveauBrow Isopropyl Cloprostenate Yes
NeuveauBrow (New improved formula) Isopropyl Cloprostenate No
RevitaLash Dechloro Dehydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide Yes
Nouriche by RevitaLash None
Talika Lipocils Expert None
Priori Lash recovery serum None
Depend Ögonfransserum None
Lashfood Nanopeptide Natural Eyelash Conditioner None
Lashfood conditioning liquid Eyeliner None
Xlash Eyelash Enhancer Bimatoprost No
MaxLash None
Raisis None
Ailu Eyelash Growth Liquid None
DHC eyelash tonic None
Lash P7 None
Xtreme Lashes Amplifeye Lash and Brow Fortifier By Jo Mousselli None
Nutraluxe MD Lash Isopropyl Cloprostenate Yes
Prolash None
Isadora Dynamic Lash Growth activator None
Lashtoniic Eyelash None
iLash The white one None
M2 Lashes Eyelash activating serum A prostaglandin analogue closely related to Bimatoprost (Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal) Yes
Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to die for Platinum 17-Phenyl Trinor Prostaglandin E2 Serinol Amide Yes