Say goodbye to mascara?

Image courtesy of Steve Jurvetson.

There’s a medication that can make your eyelashes longer and fuller — it’s not mascara! The medication is called bimatoprost (trade name: Latisse). Originally, this medication was approved for the treatment of glaucoma. Doctors and patients started noticing that patients’ eyelashes became thicker. And thus, the use of bimatoprost (Latisse) to thicken and lengthen eyelashes was born.

The medication is applied to the base of the upper eyelid lashes, and slowly, your eyelashes will become longer and fuller.

Latisse is not for everyone though. Some side effects include redness or irritation of the skin. The skin that comes into contact with the medication can also darken as well as the iris (the colored part of your eye). For example, if you have blue eyes, your eyes can become brown — and they may stay brown even after you stop the medication. Surrounding areas of skin could get hairier as well. The medication is also a Pregnancy Category C drug — meaning, discuss with your doctor as this medication might not be recommended during pregnancy.

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