Latisse Causing Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

I've been using Latisse for 4 weeks now and I am starting to see my little tiny lashes start to grow but I am also getting dark circles under my eyes which I don't usually have. Is anyone else exhibiting this side effect?


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Applying Latisse with a smaller brush helps avoid darkening of skin

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I have dispensed over 3000 Latisse (and previously Lumigan) bottles over the last 3 years and have rarely see darkening of the skin (less than 1%.)  I feel this is in a large part due to the very fine eyeliner brush we give to our patients with each Latisse purchase.  This reusable brush has a much smaller tip and allows for more exact coverage of Latisse to the base of the eyelashes.  By using less product and only applying it to the base of the lashes, which is difficult to do with the FDA approved brushes supplied with the Latisse kit, very little Latisse actually touches the skin and therefore reduces the risk for pigmentation. 

Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
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Darkening by Latisse is reversible

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Latisse stimulates your lashes to grow longer, thicker and (sometimes) darker. Unfortunately it also can darken your skin. The good news is that the darkening is reversible. By stopping use of the drops your skin will return to normal (it may take a few months). However, there are some tricks to avoiding pigmentation. First, try to keep the Latisse from getting onto your skin, other than at the base of the lashes. You can do this by:

  1. Use the applicators that come with the Latisse (rather than an eyeliner brush). The applicators allow for a very controlled amount of medication that is applied.
  2. You only need a small amount of Latisse to get the effect. Your eyelid does not need to be wet after the application
  3. Only place the Latisse on your upper eyelashes. That way less is applied, so less get on your skin
  4. Place some skin cream or Vaseline under your eyes prior to application. You can remove the cream about 5 minutes after application of the Latisse

Many people who tend to get pigment around their eyes have ocular allergies. If your eyes itch or tear you may have allergies. Controlling the allergies can really help reducing pigment (whether or not you are on Latisse). It is worthwhile to see your eye doctor to see if you have ocular allergies and to see if allergy drops are right for you.

Once you have excess pigment on your skin you can use a lightening cream to speed the return to your natural skin color. I would suggest seeing your cosmetic physician or dermatologist for this type of medication.

Hope this helps.

Marc Cohen, MD
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Dark Circles from Latisse

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One of the side effects of Latisse is minor coloring of the skin that you apply the product to. This can look like a light pink line above the lashes (like an eyeliner line). Be sure that you are not allowing any excess product to drip on any other part of your face or eye. This could increase growth of hair in those areas as well as light pigmentation. Luckily, this coloration is reversible and will disappear after stopping the application for several weeks to a couple months.

The dark circle under the eye could possibly be from trace amounts of solution getting on the lower lid, especially if you are using Latisse on the lower lid line.
To avoid this from happening, only use minimal amount of product (a little goes a long way!) and only use on your upper lashes. You can also purchase an inexpensive eye-liner brush from the drugstore and use this instead of the brushes that come with the product. It allows for more controlled and direct application. Hope that helps!

David J. Myers, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon

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Dark Circles Under Eyes

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Yes dark circle is reported.  Should subside gradually once you stop using the product.   Do pay attention to make sure dark circle is not due to loss of fat tissue under eyes reported from using of bimataprost/Latisse.  See attached link.

Dark Circles With Use of Latisse

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Latisse can sometimes cause darkening of the skin where the product is applied. This darkness will fade after you discontinue using the product. If you are experiencing some darkness at your lower eyes, you may want to try using less product at your upper lash line since it may be transferring some of that product to the lower lid and causing darkness there. You only need a small amount of the product with each application. Also, you may try using a thinner brush that will offer more precise application, but make sure you are using common sense when it comes to hygiene and contamination when using a single brush for multiple applications.

Latisse and Dark Circles

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Latisse can cause pigmentation changes right at the lash line, but should not be the cause of your dark circles.  I would check to make sure you're using a fine brush that makes application easy, and I would also make sure you're not using too much product or rubbing your eyes once the product has been applied.  If it is caused by the product, discontinue use and it will disappear on its own.

Latisse can cause skin darkening

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One of the possible side effects of Latisse is to cause darkening of the skin near where it is applied. This pigmentation is often reversible simply by discontinuing the use of Latisse. Although many physicians recommend the use of Latisse on the lower eyelashes, it is important to realize that it is FDA approved only for use on the upper eyelashes.

Darkening of the skin below the eyes may have other causes other than the use of Latisse.

If you are experiencing pigmentation, or skin darkening, I recommend that you see your prescribing physician to discuss the issue with him or her. Fortunately, this problem usually resolves when Latisse is no longer applied to the area, and in my experience, sometimes resolves simply by decreasing applying Latisse less often once you have achieved the lashes you desire.

Jen Yuan Chow, MD
Pasadena Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rare side effect but will go away when you stop using Latisse

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Latisse can darken and/or redden the skin in the area where it is applied, but it's temporary and will go away after you stop using it.

Latisse Does Not Cause Dark Circles

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Latisse causes the lashes to grow longer, thicker and darker.  I have not seen hyper pigmentation in my practice.  On the lighter side the effects are reversible just by simply stop using the product.



Latisse and Dark Circles

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I don't think there is any relation. In the FDA studies of Latisse, which is the same product as the glaucoma drug Lumigan, the only "warning" about pigmentation was a very low potential for some pigment changes along the eyelash line. I have not seen this in either Latisse or Lumigan use.

Anthony J. Kameen, MD
Baltimore Ophthalmologist

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