Managing Eyelash Care Online
Eyelash care is incredibly important for anyone looking to maintain healthy, long eyelashes as they age. There are a number of home remedies that help people care for their lashes day-to-day. Natural serums that can be applied to eyelashes to promote growth include:
- Castor oil
- Olive oil
- Petroleum jelly
- Green tea
- Shea butter
- Vitamin E
To encourage healthy lashes, it's important to wash eye makeup off before going to bed with a gentle soap and stay cognizant of eye makeup ingredients – mascara with ethyl alcohol, parabens, and phthalates are particularly drying for the eyelashes. Another way to damage eyelashes over time is continuously rubbing them.
While there are cosmetic products that enhance eyelashes, including fake lashes and mascara, someone who is looking for a longer lasting solution may consider dermatological options. One such prescription-only serum, called bimatoprost ophthalmic solution 0.03%, has been shown to make lashes fuller and longer.
Prescription treatments are often designed for people who are experiencing hypotrichosis, or a significant decrease in lash thickness and length. This condition can develop as the result of autoimmune diseases, trauma, infections, or compulsive behaviors.
During a video consult on Amwell your dermatologist will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine whether home remedies or prescription-based treatment is best for you. Your dermatologist may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed.
Once a decision has been made, your dermatologist will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans.
Some adverse affects of prescription-based eyelash serums include:
- Eye itching
- Redness of the conjunctiva
- Darker skin surrounding the eye