Our voyage into toxicity continues today with a peek into another controversial chemical in cosmetics, bimatoprost. This no doubt is far less frequent than other chemicals we have brought to your attention, fortunately. When it comes to controversy, it is very much at home with the group we have previously probed. bimatoprost is a prostamide, a synthetic analog of prostaglandin, which is chemically related to prostamide. Prostaglandins are chemical compounds found in tissue throughout the body, which signal inflammation that shows up in the body. The role bimatoprost first came into use for was as a medication to treat glaucoma. The condition in which increased pressure in the eye may lead to visual impairment and deterioration of vision. Ocular hypertension is also a factor of glaucoma, this causes increased pressure in the eye. Bimatoprost lowers the pressure in the eye via increased natural eye fluid flow out of the eye. It is this function that can leave users with chronic dry eyes. This is also regarded by webmd.com to be commonplace. Other effects they list are:

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • Darkening of eyelids
  • Dry eye
  • Excessive hairiness
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye itching
  • Increased amount of blood in the lining of the eye
  • Increased number of eyelashes

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • Cataracts
  • Infection
  • Inflammation of the eyelid
  • Pain in the eye
  • Problems with eyesight
  • Raised spots on the cornea of the eye
  • Redness of eyelid

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • * Blurred vision
  • * Feeling of a foreign body in the eye
  • * Head pain

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression

  • Abnormal liver function tests
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Excessive coloration of the iris of the eye
  • Feeling weak
  • Fluid accumulation in lining of eye with swelling
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypersensitivity drug reaction
  • Inflammation of the cornea of the eye due to bacteria
  • Inflammation of the eye
  • Inflammation of the iris – the coloured part of the eyeball
  • Macular swelling and degeneration of the eye

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression

  • Accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the eyelid
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Dizzy
  • Excessive watery eyes
  • Feel like throwing up
  • Fluid accumulation around the eye
  • Reduced eyelash growth
  • Sensitive to light
  • Symptoms of eye fatigue or eyestrain

As we see from the common side effects alone, these can be quite impactive to put it lightly. There are many horror stories on the internet about the side-effects of bimatoprost and a quick search will bring many of these to you. Mocan, M.C. et al (2016) found in their study into the association of long-term prostaglandin analog (PGA) use with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), that in patients treated with PGA monotherapy, there was 92.0% MGD prevalence! That is an incredibly high figure and shows that most are going to have complications with this treatment. Meibomian gland dysfunction is due to blockage or other abnormality in the Meibomian gland. This leads to a lack of oil being secreted by the gland onto the surface of the eye. Without the oil, tears evaporate quickly. There are around 25-40 meibomian glands in the upper eyelid and 20-30 in the lower eyelid. MGD is a leading cause of dry eye syndrome and is also associated with blepharitis. Blepharitis symptoms include sore, red eyelids and may include a crusty debris at the base of the eyelashes. All in all, not to pleasant a condition to be having.

Leah Hardy of the Daily Mail has an article that we have left a link to in our references. She used a formula with bimatoprost and posts before and after photos of her own iris colour change which took place during the product. She claims that in her research of medical information, she found that up to 50% patients using prostaglandins for glaucoma experienced iris colour change. That is some figure! If true, it is very, very concerning. There is no doubt that bimatoprost can grow eyelashes, although the side-effects that can accompany that growth is substantial in nature. Speaking of nature, we know that the answers to eyelash and eyebrow growth can be found there and without all the side-effects. We as always, leave the choice of use of any chemicals and toxins up to the user. There are always going to be people that will do anything to achieve something they desire, despite severe concerns and without any anticipation of what price they will ultimately pay with their own health, or looks. Those of you who have reached this article, have sought it and because you seek to be informed. Whether you purchase from us or not, we do want to get information to you which will ultimately help you make better choices for your health and longevity. We hope this article has been of interest and benefit to you. We will be aiming to have another one ready soon. We would appreciate any feedback you may have on our blog, being added in the comments to our Facebook or Instagram posts. Until the next time, stay vigilant and keep healthy!

References

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a602030.html
https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/eyelash-care/lash-care-faqs/do-lash-enhancers-change-your-eye-color.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/health/02latisse.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27513901
https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-20665/bimatoprost-ophthalmic-eye/details/list-sideeffects
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3016092/Did-drug-make-lashes-lusher-turn-green-eyes-brown-LEAH-HARDY-investigates-disturbing-effect-treatment-backed-stars-Claire-Danes-Brooke-Shields.html
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/blepharitis.htm
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/meibomian-gland.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3016092/Did-drug-make-lashes-lusher-turn-green-eyes-brown-LEAH-HARDY-investigates-disturbing-effect-treatment-backed-stars-Claire-Danes-Brooke-Shields.html