Pharmaceutical ingredients in one out of three eyelash serums

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Swedish Medical Products Agency’s analyses of eyelash serums/eyelash growth products have now been completed. Prostaglandin analogues were found in as many as nine of the 26 products in total. In three of the products prostaglandin analogues were not declared on the packaging. Prostaglandin analogues are added to stimulate eyelash and eyebrow growth. The Swedish Medical Products Agency advises consumers not to use products containing prostaglandin analogues, as this may lead to serious side effects.

Since autumn 2012 the Swedish Medical Products Agency has carried out work to discover the extent to which eyelash serum has been spiked with prostaglandin analogues. Products marketed as eyelash serum on the Swedish market have been purchased and analysed in the Agency’s laboratory.

One product in three contained prostaglandin analogues

Nine out of 26 products contained prostaglandin analogues and the Agency views this very seriously. Prostaglandin analogues are pharmaceutical substances that are found in approved medicinal products. The Swedish Medical Products Agency considers that this type of substance should not occur in cosmetic products.

– The results are both striking and disappointing, in particular when the prostaglandin analogues are not even included in the declaration of contents, says Ingela Ottoson, Assessor at the Medical Products Agency.

The following products were shown to contain prostaglandin analogues after laboratory analysis:

  • Xlash Eyelash Enhancer
  • Neulash
  • Neulash (New improved formula)
  • NeuveauBrow
  • NeuveauBrow (New improved formula)
  • RevitaLash
  • Nutraluxe MD Lash
  • M2 Lashes Eyelash activating serum
  • Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to die for Platinum
     

During the autumn of 2012 the Swedish Medical Products Agency decided to ban certain eyelash serums that contained prostaglandin analogues. The Agency will pursue the issue of a sales ban against those companies that today sell products containing this type of substance.

Risks of spiked eyelash serum

Prostaglandin analogues can cause side effects such as eye irritation, itching, eye pain, change of eye colour and darker pigmentation around the eye.

There are signals that prostaglandins can change the fatty tissue in the eye socket, so that the eye can sink in.

The Swedish Medical Products Agency advises consumers not to use eyelash serum containing prostaglandin analogues. If you suspect that you have suffered side effects from the products, you should seek health care and submit a report on the side effects to the Agency. Both the consumer and health care staff can do this.

Summary of analytical results 2013

 

Product name

Identified
prostaglandin
analogue

Included in the declaration of contents

Neulash

Isopropyl Cloprostenate

Yes

Neulash (New improved formula)

Isopropyl Cloprostenate

No

NeuveauBrow

Isopropyl Cloprostenate

Yes

NeuveauBrow (New improved formula)

Isopropyl Cloprostenate

No

RevitaLash

Dechloro Dehydroxy Difluoro Ethylcloprostenolamide

Yes

Nouriche by RevitaLash

None

 

Talika Lipocils Expert

None

 

Priori Lash recovery serum

None

 

Depend Ögonfransserum

None

 

Lashfood Nanopeptide Natural Eyelash Conditioner

None

 

Lashfood conditioning liquid Eyeliner

None

 

Xlash Eyelash Enhancer

Bimatoprost

No

MaxLash

None

 

Raisis

None

 

Ailu Eyelash Growth Liquid

None

 

DHC eyelash tonic

None

 

Lash P7

None

 

Xtreme Lashes Amplifeye Lash and Brow Fortifier By Jo Mousselli

None

 

Nutraluxe MD Lash

Isopropyl Cloprostenate

Yes

Prolash

None

 

Isadora Dynamic Lash Growth activator

None

 

Lashtoniic Eyelash

None

 

iLash The white one

None

 

M2 Lashes Eyelash activating serum

A prostaglandin analogue closely related to Bimatoprost (Methylamido Dihydro Noralfaprostal)

Yes

Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to die for Platinum

17-Phenyl Trinor Prostaglandin E2 Serinol Amide

Yes

 

 

Please note the news item’s date of publishing. The Medical Products Agency does not update news.

 

Related information

 

Contact us

Ingela Ottoson
Assessor
Department of Supervision of Medicinal Products and Narcotics
+46 (0)18 17 47 99

Magnus Crona
Assessor
Department of Cosmetics
+46 (0)18 17 47 03

   
 

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