Can you apply over the counter products claimed for growing the eyelashes?
For decades, mascara has been used to lengthen, thicken, and darken eyelashes. Mascaras have waxes, pigments, resins, as well as talc in them. Liquid mascara enhances the eyelashes by forming a layer on the eyelashes after it dries up. Over the counter cosmetic products are advertised to increase the fullness, length, and darkness of eyelashes. These products contain various ingredients, such as proprietary peptides, natural extracts, vitamins, and prostaglandin analogs. Some of the products that contain possible prostaglandin analogs include:
- MD Lash Factor
- Lashes to Die For
As cosmetics, their safety has not been fully studied. Most are applied to the skin of the upper-eyelid margin but how they may affect eyelash growth remains unproven. There is also a risk of their contamination with bacteria and fungus. If you are concerned and especially if you suffer from any eye problem, it is advisable to consult your doctor and then apply them for the long-term.