One of the latest eyelash growth products, Glymed Plus Eyelash Power Treatment ($90), got my attention as it is the first time I’ve seen an eyelash growth stimulator use the common hair growth ingredient Minoxidil (which is marketed as Rogaine). The obvious question is why haven’t I seen Minoxidil in an eyelash growth product before.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to put Minoxidil anywhere near my eyes. When I tried Rogaine on my scalp, I got a terrible skin reaction. Furthermore, women are advised against using it at full strength as it can cause the growth of unwanted facial hair. But before we write off Glymed Plus Eyelash Power Treatment, I should point out that it uses a derivative of Minoxidil called diaminopyrimidine 3-oxide.

This little mouthful also goes by the friendlier name of Kopexil. According to the makers, fibrosis is a condition of the hair roots that causes blood vessels to compress and shorten the life span of the hair follicle. Kopexil is supposed to correct this without the side effects of Minoxidil. In 2000, an EU safety committee evaluated it to be safe.

Perhaps the most promising ingredient Glymed Plus Eyelash Power Treatment is biotinoyl tripeptide-1, which shows up in OOKISA’s hair thickening products and in the Lilash, Beauticontrol and Cargo eyelash growth products. It is part of a concoction made by Sederma (the same company makes Matrixyl  3000) for treating alopecia that also includes butylene glycol, PPG-26-buteth-26, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, apigenin, oleanic acid (and) biotinoyl tripeptide-1). According to Sederma, it helps to slow aging effects by lessening the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to improve the irrigation of the hair follicle. Studies (by the company) showed the product to: increase hair growth enhance adhesion molecules stimulate hair strengthening genes increase the proportion of anagen hair.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried Glymed Plus Eyelash Power Treatment and how they got on with it.


Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Diaminopyrimidine 3-Oxide, Panthenol, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide