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EyeLash Enhancers & Conditioners-Do They Work?

I was asked my opinion of EyeLash Enhancers and Conditioners.   Researching information on Enhancers, was like going down a rabbit hole. 

Why are some more expensive than others?    Why do the prices vary?    Do they work?    Why does one product work for one person and not another?    What are the side effects?    So much information to pass along.   Hopefully I’ll have answers for some of the above questions. 

Let’s Begin…..

What Are Eyelash Enhancers and Conditioners?

  • Lash conditioners and enhancers  are usually applied to the base of the eyelashes at night to improve the appearance of natural eyelashes.
  • They usually contain ingredients to prolong the hair growth cycle, and extends the life of essential cells, so that your lashes don’t fall out as often.  
  • They also have ingredients to strengthen and  moisturizing them with hydrating ingredients and nutrients  like hyaluronic acid,  squalane, peptides, plant stem cells.  
  • An added benefit conditioners, they can be used with mascara and eyeliner.

    Buyer Beware

    A recent study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology studied a *bimatropost-containing gel and its effects on 52 patients that were enrolled in the study.

    After 6 months patients in the test group had eyelashes that were, on average, .89mm longer than patients on the control group.

    25% of the participants in the test group reported experiencing adverse effect compared to 12.5% in the control group.

    4 subjects completely withdrew from the study due to the adverse effects.

    *What is Bimatropost? 

    It’s a Glaucoma medication.  Its brands are:  Latisse and Lumigan

    It has a FDA approval to reduce pressure inside the eye in its eye drops form.  Also as an eyelash solution, it can help eyelashes grow.

    Here's a tip from the Consumer Health Digest

    “If you want to try a new product but you’ve read up on its possible negative effects but you still want to try it.  Just always remember to proceed with caution.  Always do your research. “  

    Do A patch test is a great way to know if you have an allergic reaction to a certain product.

    Additional Reading

    Harmful Effect Of Top 5 Eyelash Enhancers

    I came across a wonderful website on eyelashes and eyelash products.  The creator of the site has great information about, yes let’s all say it, lash conditioners and enhancers companies.   About

    Now, let's talk about eyelashes. Here are the questions I wanted answers for.  How fast do eyelashes grow?  Why do eyelashes fall out? 

    Okay you geeks out there, this is what I found.

    There are three phases to eyelash growth: the anagen (active), catagen (transition), and telogen (resting)

    1. Eyelashes have a relatively long telogen and short anagen phases compared with scalp hairs.   Like the hairs on the scalp, eyelashes follow a specific growth pattern.
    2. The upper lid typically has about 90 to 150 lashes on it, while the bottom has between 70 and 80 lashes.  Most eyelashes grow to be about 10 mm long (just over 3/8 inch).

     “Each individual lash undergoes a phase at different times,” according to Pamela A. Lowe, OD, FAAO  says. “On average, replacement of a single lash is anywhere from four to eight months.”

    The Three Phases of Eyelashes 

    Anagen (Growth) Phase

    The anagen phase is also called the growth phase. This is the phase when lashes are Actively Growing, and it lasts between 30 and 45 days. Only about 40 percent of the upper lashes and 15 percent of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.

    Catagen (Transition) Phase

    The catagen phase is also known as the transition phase.  During this phase, the lash Stops Growing and the hair follicle shrinks.  If an eyelash falls out or is plucked out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one.

    This phase lasts between two and three weeks.  During the catagen phase, eyelashes are at their maximum length and the hair follicles begin to shrink.

    This part of the cycle can last from two to three weeks, according to Dr. Lowe

    Telogen (Resting) Phase

    The telogen phase is also referred to as the resting phase.  This phase can last approximately 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow naturally.  Because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days.

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