Eyelash Growth Serum Castor Oil: Debunking the slippery claims

Castor oil is all over the internet as a safe lash growth product. There is no scientific evidence that it causes lash growth and it can be toxic to your eye health.

According to world-renowned eye surgeons Drs. Rachna Murthy & Jonathan Roos of Face Restoration in London … Those with sensitive eyes, such as those with dry eyes, need to be cautious with the eyelash growth serums, even those made from ’natural oils’ such as castor oil.

As noted from section 5.2.3 in the recent TFOS Cosmetics Report, there is not any peer-reviewed research that proves castor oil makes eyelashes grow, there is only anecdotal evidence.It is also illustrated in the TFOS Report that not only can people have allergic reactions to castor oil, castor oil may promote corneal epithelial cell death and disrupt the epithelium. The slick truth is that castor oil for eyelash growth is more marketing than miracle. The TFOS Lifestyle Report: Impact of cosmetics on the ocular surface … addressed the use of eye cosmetics & procedures and how they represent a lifestyle challenge that may exacerbate or promote the development of ocular surface disease. The Report may be viewed here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/37061220/ Remember:

Remember: Eyelash growth serums may exacerbate or promote the development of ocular surface disease and/or have some other not-so-pretty side effects.

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