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Eyelash Enhancers Grow Longer Thicker Lashes

Dear Dr. Dave and Dr. Dee,

My eyelashes are shorter and thinning out because of using mascara, lash curler, and wiping my eye makeup off. So, I stopped using mascara for two weeks, but my lashes are still short. Will my lashes grow back to normal? Someone told me that I should get eyelash growing serum?


Mad about mascara

Dear Mad about mascara,

It takes time for new lashes to appear. Your eyelashes should grow back in about one to two months.

Eyelash enhancers may help strengthen lashes for longer thicker lashes. Generally, the treatment is applied to the lash line similar to liquid eyeliner. The treatment may take a month or more before any results can be seen.

There has been some controversy about eyelash enhancers. In 2007, the FDA had seized Jan Marini Age Intervention Eyelash because it contained bimatoprost, a drug used to treat elevated pressure inside the eye or glaucoma, which is FDA-approved for that particular use. Because Marini did not show that bimatoprost was safe and effective for use as an eyelash enhancer, the FDA considered Age Intervention Eyelash to be an adulterated product. The FDA noted that the bimatoprost in the Marini Age Intervention Eyelash may cause adverse effects such as swelling of the retina and eye inflammation that could lead to decreased vision.

However, Allergan Inc., the manufacturer of bimatoprost for glaucoma, was recently approved by the FDA for LATISSE, a bimatoprost solution for use in eyelash improvement (length, thickness, and darkness).

Eyelash enhancers that received overall high positive reviews by consumers at or are listed below. Prices ranged from $4 to $150.


1. Actifirm Actilash Eyelash Conditioner

2. Ardell Brow & Lash Growth Accelerator

3. Dr. Denese Eyelash & Brow Enhancer

4. Real Lash Conditioning Eye Lash Treatment

5. Lilash Purified Eyelash Stimulator Treatments

6. MAVALA Eye-Lite Double Lash

7. Peter Thomas Roth Lashes To Die For Nighttime Eyelash Conditioning Treatment

8. RevitaLash - Eyelash Conditioner

9. Salon Shoppe Dream Lash

10. Talika Eyelash Lipocils

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