The Dangers of Prostaglandin Analogs for Lash Growth
According to the narrative, a scientist discovered a significant increase in lash growth as an unintended outcome of glaucoma medication. Subsequently, prostaglandin was repurposed for cosmetic purposes. Essentially, prostaglandin analogues elongate the active phase (anagen phase) of the lash growth cycle, resulting in longer lashes. They also enhance the size of the hair base (referred to as the bulb), creating the illusion of thicker lashes, and stimulate melanin production, leading to darker lashes.
Lash growth serums based on prostaglandins are marketed as cosmetics and are not subjected to FDA approval like medications. Consequently, the companies manufacturing these serums are not obliged to conduct extensive safety testing as they would for drugs.
If you value your eye color, it is advisable to avoid serums containing prostaglandins.
Possible side effects of using lash serums that contain prostaglandins or prostaglandin analogs include:
- Changes in vision
- Itchy eyes and eyelids
- Darkening of the skin around the eye
- Darkening of the eye color
- Dark spots in the iris (likely permanent)
- Eye redness and irritation
- Eye Inflammation
- Swelling of the retina
- Fat atrophy around the eye
- Hair growth around eyes if medication regularly runs/drips off eyelids