There is a lot of debate surrounding the topic of eyelash serum and dark circles. Some people swear that using an eyelash serum causes them to develop dark circles under their eyes, while others say that it has made no difference whatsoever.
So, what is the truth? does eyelash serum cause dark circles?
There is scientific evidence that prostaglandin analog eyelash serums can cause the skin to darken around the area of application. The upper eyelid is the most frequent area affected since the serum is applied on the upper lash line.
In article, we will take a look at the research on this topic and I’ll also give you the exact ingredients to watch for on the product label.
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Does Eyelash Serum Cause Dark Circles? The Research
So, what does the research say about eyelash serum and dark circles? Unfortunately, there is very little scientific evidence on this topic.
However, Latisse discloses that skin darkening can occur close to the area where the product was applied.
So what is Latisse?
Latisse is a prescription eyelash serum that is used to treat hypotrichosis, which is a condition that causes inadequate or insufficient lashes. It is the only lash serum approved by the FDA.
The active ingredient is bimatoprost, a prostaglandin analog that works by increasing the length, thickness, and darkness of eyelashes.
This product was originally developed as a treatment for glaucoma, but it was found to have the side effect of lengthening and thickening eyelashes.
While there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that eyelash serum can cause dark circles specifically, the manufacturer of Latisse does disclose skin darkening as a possible side effect. So, if you are using an eyelash serum and you develop dark circles, it is possible that the two could be related.
Great, but what about all the other eyelash growth serums on the market? Can they also darken the skin?
That’s where it gets tricky.
Remember I said bimatoprost, the active ingredient in Latisse is a prostaglandin analog? Well, it’s not the only one. Some common ones are isopropyl cloprostenate and isopropyl phenyl hydroxypentane. But there are others.
Any eyelash serum with a prostaglandin analog ingredient could have the same side effects.
However, because they are not regulated by the FDA, they also do not need to disclose the side effects!
Marvelous isn’t it?
So, if you are worried about getting dark circles from using an eyelash growth serum, you should read the ingredient label carefully and stay clear of any prostaglandin analog formulations.
Other lash serums that use peptides, vitamins, and amino acids are not approved by the FDA and have less substance to back up their claims.
Could they also cause dark circles?
They shouldn’t since they don’t have any prostaglandin analog ingredient, but since data is virtually inexistent, it’s hard to say for sure.
One piece of advice.
During my research, I stumbled upon some serums on Amazon that didn’t disclose their ingredients! You should run as fast as you can from those.
Other Possible Causes for Your Dark Circles
There are many possible causes of dark circles under the eyes, including genetics, allergies, fatigue, and certain medical conditions. However, one of the most common causes of dark circles is simply not getting enough sleep.
When you don’t get enough rest, the blood vessels under your eyes can become dilated, which makes the area look darker.
Other possible causes of dark circles include:
– Allergies: When you have allergies, your body releases histamine, which can cause the blood vessels under your eyes to swell. This can lead to dark circles.
– Fatigue: When you’re tired, the skin under your eyes can appear darker. This is because the skin is thinner in this area, so the blood vessels underneath are more visible.
– Medical conditions: Some medical conditions can cause dark circles, such as thyroid problems, anemia, and Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (a blockage in the tear ducts).
How to Deal With Dark Circles if You Do Have Them
If you are concerned about the possibility of dark circles, there are a few things you can do to help prevent them.
First, try to stop using your eyelash serum. Your skin may return to its normal color after a few weeks.
Second, make sure you are getting enough sleep. Aim for at least eight hours of sleep per night.
Third, try to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes, as this can irritate the delicate skin around them.
Finally, use a good eye cream that contains ingredients like caffeine or vitamin C, which can help constrict the blood vessels under your eyes.
Eyelash Growth Serums and Dark Circles – Key Takeaways
Prostaglandin analog-based eyelash serums have been scientifically linked to darkening of the skin surrounding the application site.
The most common location is the upper eyelid, where you’d apply the product near the root of the natural lashes.
Be sure to read the ingredient label carefully and stay clear of any prostaglandin analog formulations if you are worried about dark circles.
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