Review deems Bimatoprost 'most effective' prostaglandin-type lash serum

Review deems Bimatoprost most effective prostaglandin type lash serum

A review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology​ discusses the pros and cons of popular eyelash serums. Bimatoprost, a prostaglandin-type serum, was found to be most effective, and is the only FDA-approved product in this study.

Other prostaglandin ingredients and non-prostaglandins showed benefits, but the authors state not enough research exists yet to declare safety. Due to the fact that there are no FDA efficacy or safety requirements in the United States for eyelash serums, the authors state a compilation and evaluation of ingredient effectiveness was warranted.

According to the authors, “analyst projections indicate that the eyelash serum market size will reach a value of $1.3 billion by 2031, up from $752 million in 2020.” Serums on the market range in terms of their effectiveness, mechanism of action and side effects. “A complete understanding of available options will help dermatologists recommend the most effective patient-specific eyelash serums and allow patients to avoid unnecessary and damaging complications.”

Prostaglandins and eye health

In the ophthalmic disease sphere, prostaglandin analogs are used to treat conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Following the application of the analogs for these conditions, it was found they increased hair growth, leading to exploration of them for conditions like alopecia and hypotrichosis.

Eyelashes have a three-phase life cycle: anagen, catagen and telogen. Prostaglandin helps to lengthen the time of anagen, or the growing phase, and also shortens the amount of time between telogen, the resting phase, and anagen beginning again.

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