Latisse and alternatives: the safe, effective solutions for attractive eyelashes
Women in their pursuit of beauty longed to possess longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes. Hence, they often resort to temporary solutions like mascara and artificial lashes, which may improve the appearance of eyes but can be damaging to eyelids and skin.
Latisse (active substance Bimatoprost 0.03% Ophthalmic Solution) eye drops are the artificial prostaglandins, safe, and the most effective solution to grow lush, potent, and thick eyelashes and eyebrows. Bimatoprost active ingredient is approved by the FDA as an efficient treatment for hypotrichosis and conditions associated with thin and short eyelashes.
In this article, we will cover the conditions and bad habits behind eyelashes fall, the role of Latisse and its smaller sisters (generics/substitutes/alternatives) Bimat, Careprost, and Lumigan to treat these conditions by safely and efficiently boosting the growth of darker, thicker, and longer eyelashes. You may check the careprost lashes before and after on the images on the product page, the best careprost results with lashes can be achieved within 1 to 3 months of use (vary from user to user).
What causes lashes to fall?
Eyelashes are natural inherent safety guards to the eyes. Brush-like fine hair strands are fixed on both edges of the eyelids. They keep undersized foreign bodies from reaching the sensitive and delicate surface of the cornea, protecting the eye from harming small particles like dust and air debris.
Furthermore, eyelashes share some of the properties of whiskers on cats and mouses. They can sense light touch and movement, providing a warning if a bug or any other insect is nearby and inciting a reflex to eyelids to close the eye.
Regardless of their protective features, eyelashes are appreciated by society for an entirely different aspect – an old, very known sentinel of beauty since time immemorial. Thicker and longer eyelashes with well-defined prominent eyebrows add an attractive frame to the eyes, creating a beautiful contrast between the orbs and face and conveying an appealing feminity. They are, thus, a desirable trait, particularly among women. Unfortunately, not all people are blessed with the genetic components for naturally voluminous eyelashes. Some genes are even associated with excessive fall and loss of eyelashes, a good example of that is hypotrichosis.
Hypotrichosis is a congenital condition (present since birth), characterized by poor hair growth on the scalp, eyebrows, and the edges of eyelids. Other areas of the body may be affected as well. The hair’s quality is defective in hypotrichosis, often described as wool-like hair, the hair strand is thin, brickle, discolored, and easily broken, making it unable to grow beyond than few inches. Hypotrichosis may be stable or can progress into complete alopecia.
Fortunately, the condition is rare and is linked to other congenital syndromes. More common causes for short and thin eyelashes are:
- Excessive and vigorous rubbing of the eye: this trivial habit causes the lashes to fall out and the eyelids to be scratched and damaged.
- Aging and menopause: as the hair follicles age, they lose germ cells that regenerate and produce hair strands, when they decrease in number, so do the lashes on the eyelid. Hormonal disorders associated with menopause also induce thinning of hair, lashes, and eyebrows.
- Bad beauty habits: wearing makeup for long hours, and forgetting to take it off at night is damaging to the entire skin and hair follicles. Similarly, applying the wrong choice of mascara in addition to the rough cleaning and tugging with soap may permanently detach the delicate lash strands.
- Underlying medical conditions: These are the same conditions that could cause hair to fall elsewhere in the body, such as imbalanced thyroid hormone secretions, psoriasis, and eczema.
- Blepharitis: an inflammatory disorder of the eyelids caused by infections, allergy, or trauma. Since eyelids are the core on which the lashes grow, blepharitis can result in extreme eyelash falling.
- Eyelash extensions: women often turn to fake or false extensions as a fast solution, which might give a transient satisfaction, but at the expense of lingering detriment in the eyelids resulting from the repetitive tear and wear process.
For these conditions, there exist many natural solutions for longer and thicker eyelashes, such as good nutrition, vitamins, and minerals to support hair growth besides healthy habits like gentle cleaning of the face before sleep and the massaging of olive oil or castor oil on eyelids.
What are Latisse and its alternatives – Bimatoprost Drops for eyelashes?
Latisse is the brand name for the ophthalmic solution bimatoprost, the only prescription RX drug designated for growing eyelashes that is FDA approved. Alternatives such as Bimat, Lumigan, and Careprost have almost the same ingredients, and Bimatoprost concentration 0.03% in its composition so they are considered as a cheaper alternatives to a brand but still the same effective as Latisse.
Bimat Drops are manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant Ajanta Pharma, Careprost is made by SUN Pharma and Lumigan has the same manufacturer as original drops Latisse – Allergan Inc. All these lash growth products are available for sale in the OKDERMO Skincare store online at okdermo.com
The drug Bimatoprost was first used as a treatment for glaucoma – a group of conditions marked by damaging high pressure inside the eye. Doctors, and patients, after weeks of treatment, noticed that the eyelashes became longer, bushier, and of darker color. This phenomenon/side-effect, though initially considered a substantial side or adverse effect, quickly got recognized for its potential cosmetic benefits.
These observations led to a series of testing and developments to create a product with eyelash enhancing properties. Latisse then became an FDA approved commercialized lashes lengthening medication.
When purchasing Latisse, an ophthalmologist prescription is required. A sterile, single-use-per-eye applicator accompanies the medication. It should be applied once daily to the skin of the upper eyelid margin at the base of the eyelashes.
Substitutes to Latisse have no applicators and can be purchased over the counter online – but they are 5 times cheaper than Latisse so you can buy fine applicators separately, it is not a problem.
Does Latisse and its substitute work?
The medication bimatoprost solution 0.03% is approved by the FDA as a safe and efficient treatment for hypotrichosis and similar conditions, with regular application, it enhances lashes growth, yielding longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes even 80% of the original length and width.
One study aimed to evaluate the efficiency of Bimatoprost, involved 278 adult patients who received the treatment for 16 weeks. Starting at eight weeks, Bimatoprost was linked with significantly greater increases in the overall eyelash prominence.
Detailed analysis of subjects who underwent treatment for 16 weeks showed:
- lashes length increased by 35%
- thickness and fullness (number of lashes) enhanced by 106%
- color darkened by 18%
These changes were observed after two months from the beginning of treatment and disappeared four months after Bimatoprost was withdrawn. Thus, once treatment is ceased, eyelashes go back to their standard previous shape and size within 4-5 months.
The exact mechanism by which Latisse works is not fully understood. The same compound (prostaglandin analog) used to lower eye pressure showed boosting effects on hair follicles. Like hair strands, lashes have a cycle; they grow for a while and then eventually fall. The anagen phase is the growth phase when the hair strand gains length and thickness. In addition to growth, pigmentation of hair cells also occurs during anagen. Bimatoprost promotes hair growth through the prolongation of the anagen phase. If you need more proves you may always check verified user reviews at careprost makeupalley.
“Bimatoprost is a structural prostaglandin analog. Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, the growth of eyelashes is believed to occur by increasing the percentage of hairs and the duration of the anagen or growth phase. ” Food and Drug Administration
According to the FDA, Latisse and its alternatives with Bimatoprost 0.03% is safe for most people. However, like all medications, it is not totally free of side effects. These include eye redness and itchiness, darkening of the eyelid skin, and when applied directly to the eye, the darkening of the iris may occur. Scientists were not able to reverse the color change of iris, it happens extremely rare, 1% of all cases.
The correct application of the medication is acquainted, to avoid the notorious side effects. After a thorough cleaning of the face, Bimatoprost should be dabbed to the upper eyelid using a sterile applicator, which needs to be discarded every time after use.
Where to buy Careprost eyelash growth
You can buy Careprost online over the counter via OKDERMO skincare international website. How to apply careprost for eyelash growth you may check at the particular Careprost product page using the search bar at OKDERMO com. You may be interested in “bottle of careprost lasts how long ?” “how long does careprost last ?” we may reply that it mostly depends on usage and accuracy of applications, but from our practice 1 3ml bottle may last up to 1 month. If you ask us “When does careprost expire ?” – this information is always stated on the bottle, manufacturing and expiration dates should be engraved on the 3ml bottle always if the product is not counterfeit. We wish you good luck with the online purchase of your next lash growth solution!