Long eyelashes can make an already pretty face drop-dead gorgeous, while thinning or sparse lashes can make you look tired, washed-out or just plain old. There’s no question that full lashes are key if you want to look your best. There are a few reasons why eyelashes fall out or thin over time. This article will cover the most common causes and give you an idea of how to prevent problems going forward.
1. The Natural Aging Process
There are plenty of things that come up as we age, and thinning eyelashes are included on this list. Why does it happen? With age there’s often a decrease in the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Dryness is often a problem with maturing skin and that includes the skin surrounding the eyes.
Often there’s some muscle deterioration as well and these declines can lead to hair loss. Hormone changes due to aging are also a factor. When certain hormones drop it can result in decreased hair follicle stimulation and this can slow down the growth of new hair.
One way to minimize lashes falling out and thinning is to slow down the aging process as much as possible. This means eating an anti-aging diet, getting plenty of activity and avoiding stress. Anything you can do to be healthier will also help improve the condition of your eyelashes.
2. Excessive Eye Rubbing
The next time you get the urge to rub your eyes – don’t. Rubbing the eyes can accelerate lash loss and can also encourage wrinkles to form. Also understand that lashes normally fall out on their own as part of a normal growth cycle. When you disrupt this cycle and cause them to fall out early, they can take a long time to grow back.
It’s best to avoid rubbing your eyes at all, but if you must – be careful. Be very gentle and be sure to wash your hands first to avoid infection (see #4 below).
3. Psychological Problems
Do thin eyelashes mean you’re crazy? No, of course not but Trichotillomania is a psychological condition which is characterized by the irresistible urge to pluck out your hair – such as on the head or eyelashes, etc. It’s a condition that’s mostly the result of stress or anxiety.
If you find yourself stressed out because of relationship problems, financial difficulties or other common stressors, take some time out to address the issues head-on. Regular exercise and spending time with positive people can greatly help reduce stress. In the case of deep underlying psychological issues, it might be necessary to seek out the services of a professional.
4. Eye Infections
Remember when we said to wash your hands if you had to rub your eyes? That’s because eyelid infection also contributes to eyelash fall out and thinning to a significant extent. Infections may result from bacterial infection or inflammation.
In addition, certain chemicals found in mascara may also cause an allergic reaction leading to eyelash loss. If you think you might have an infection, which is characterized by itchy, red skin around the eyes, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. As far as mascara and eye liners are concerned, moderation is the key. Choosing natural formulas for sensitive skin is always a good idea.
5. Medical Conditions & Treatments
Hormonal imbalances due to either an under or over-active thyroid can lead to thin lashes. Certain immune issues can also cause problems with your eyelashes. If it seems strange that your lashes are falling out and you can’t think of a reason why, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor to rule out any medical issues.
Likewise, certain medical treatments may cause a temporary loss of eyelashes. Examples include chemotherapy as well as the removal of cataracts. In this case, the only thing you can do is to allow your body to recover naturally after treatment. Again, any improvement you can make to your overall health is likely to help the appearance and natural growth of your eyelashes. Consider eating plenty of vitamin-rich foods and drinking plenty of water.
If possible, it’s best to prevent eyelash problems in the first place. Understanding what causes them to fall out or thin can help keep it from happening to you. But if you’re having these problems right now, take comfort in the fact that it is possible for eyelashes to grow back and there are a number of things you can do to speed the process along.