There has been much agitation recently against the unbridled use of harmful cosmetics, and many case reports have appeared demonstrating some of the consequences of this practice.
We report a case in which a woman had her eyebrows and eyelashes dyed with a preparation called Lash-Lure, a product manufactured in Los Angeles by the Lash-Lure Research Laboratory, Inc. As the ingredients of the cosmetic were unknown and could not be learned from the local beautician who applied it, an analysis was made by a competent chemist. He qualified his report by stating that the dye was one of the paraphenylenediamine group. No neutralizing antidote was known and no report of similar cases could be found in the literature as a guide to treatment at the time the patient came under observation. Since then a report of a somewhat similar case, though apparently without such extensive involvement, has been made by
McCally AW, Farmer AG, Loomis EC. CORNEAL ULCERATION FOLLOWING USE OF LASH-LURE. JAMA. 1933;101(20):1560–1561. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27430450003009c
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