Archive for June, 2009


What’s Long, Thick & Makes You Glow?

Healthy eyelashes, of course!

Woman eye

LATISSE®, which is the first and only FDA-approved prescriptive treatment for hypotrichosis [inadequate or not enough lashes] to grow lashes, have been building up quite a buzz in the beauty and medical industry. I’m sure you have seen the commercial with their spokes model Brooke Shields. But wait, what are the side effects? How can I benefit from it, and how can it harm me? First off, before you go run & sign up for your bottle of LATISSE® in the name of long, thick, voluminous eyelashes, know the risks!

Here are the side effects straight from their site:

The most common side effects after using LATISSE® solution are an itching sensation in the eyes and/or eye redness, which were reported in approximately 4% of patients. These may occur immediately after use, but should usually last only for a short period of time. Eye itching and eye redness are not allergic reactions, and do not mean that your eyes are being harmed.

LATISSE® solution may cause other less common side effects, which typically occur on the skin close to where LATISSE® is applied, or in the eyes. These include eye irritation, dryness of the eyes, and redness of the eyelids. Skin darkening (or hyperpigmentation) is another less common side effect. This condition causes areas of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin color, but has been reported to be reversible after discontinuation of the product.

Not to be outshined by the negative, the positive attributes to LATISSE® is:

LATISSE® makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is not known, research suggests that the growth of eyelashes occurs by increasing the percent of hairs in, and the duration of, the anagen (or growth) phase. Lashes can grow longer, thicker and darker because bimatoprost can also prolong this growth phase.

You can find out more about LATISSE® on their website here.