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Folligen works for eyelash and eyebrow growth

Is a Solution for:
Eyelashes & Brows
Reviewed by Marta September 29, 2008 116 Comments

Folligen Hair & Scalp Nutrient Cream is a copper peptide-based potion to restore thinning hair. I have tried it and it works extremely well. Recently I was asked by Lim whether it would also work on eyelashes and brows. There was only one way to answer that: I promised to give it a try. As experiments go, it was an unqualified success. Folligen will give you bushier brows and longer lashes.

I must admit, I was wary at first. Copper peptide potions are the lethal-looking blue/green color of a spectacular bruise. Was it really a good idea to put it anywhere near my eyes? So, I started out cautiously with a dab on my outer left eyebrow where the hairs, in my opinion peter out a little prematurely. Nothing untoward happened and so I dabbed a little every day for about 10 days. My left eyebrow now sweeps elegantly above the outer corner of my eye.

It was time to give the eyelashes a go. Folligen is very liquid and I wasn't too sure how to go about it. After experimenting with a cotton bud, I found the best solution to be an eyeliner brush. Dip it into the Folligen and run it carefully under the lower lashes. All was well, with no irritation. A week later, a little gap between the lashes has started to fill in.

It is worth noting that copper peptides work on hair growth in a very different way to traditional remedies and, most certainly, to most of the eyelash growth products on the market. Many of the eyelash growth products use a glaucoma drug called prostaglandins (possible side-effects include the risk that your eyes will change color). Most hair growth treatments focus on dihydrotestosteone. This is a major factor in male baldness, beard growth and pubic hair. But has nothing to do with eyebrow and eyelash growth.

As we age, the hair follicle's anagen (growth) phase progressively shortens while the telogen (dormant) phase lengthens. The size of the follicle shrinks and the hair that grows is thinner. Studies show that there is less capillary blood in aging hair. Copper peptides act to simulate the capillaries and studies have shown that they help human follicles switch from the dormant telogen state into the hair-growing anagen state.

Thanks to Lim, I've made a great new discovery: Folligen, made by copper peptide specialists Skin Biology, is an effective and safe alternative to prostaglandin-based eyelash growth products.

Ingredients in Folligen Cream

Purified water, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), squalane, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, ethylhexyl palmitate, stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, cupric chloride, propylene glycol (and) diazolidinyl urea (and) methylparaben (and) propylparaben, allantoin, tocophersolan (Vitamin E), menthol, lavandula augustifolia (lavender) oil, fragrance, mixed (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) tocopherols.

  • January 4, 2014

    by Wendy

    Is Folligen OK to use on lashes and the lash line though? I always worry about using anything on the lashline that's not made for the eye area or sterile. I heard castor oil works great for lashes but too scared to use it off label because it's not sterile unless you get an RX and buy it at a compounding pharmacy. My dry eye opthamologist won't give me an RX despite the fact it's worked for others with dry eyes and I had hoped to use it both for my eyes and my puney lashes.

  • September 22, 2012

    by Kristen

    I have been using Lilash for almost a year and have never had any side effects until I bought a new tube. My eyelids are so swollen and itchy and I want to discontinue the use of the product. I stumbled upon this link and I am dying to know more about the folligen cream used for eyelashes and eyebrows! I am 28 and a natural blonde, I read that this product may not work for blondes. Do you know any blond success cases?

  • October 5, 2010

    by CC

    Did Skin Biology ever get back to you about the new formulation that seems to cause more itching and irritation?
    Also, I know you always stress to use a the smallest amount possible. My question is, when you apply your folligen on brows and lashline, can you still see the blue color of the cream, or do you apply so little that the blue color isn't visible?

  • October 5, 2010

    by CC

    Hi Marta,
    You mentioned in the comments that you were going to contact Skin Biology to see what happened to the formulation since the new one seems to be more irritating than the old, have you heard back from them?
    I know you stress in the comments to use a very tiny amount and that it doesn't cause you irritation. I was curious, when you put your cream on your brows and lash line, do you put on enough so that you can see the blueness of the cream, or do you use so little that all you can't see the blue pigment in the cream?

  • October 4, 2010

    by donna

    So Marta with this folligen cream I simply apply the lotion with an eyeliner brush along my lash line top and bottom?

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