Losing your eyelashes can be concerning. Beyond aesthetics, eyelashes can be essential in keeping smaller debris out of our eyes. Many see eyelash loss as cosmetic, but it can indicate medical issues. The following conditions can cause eyelash hair loss:
Trichotillomania is a condition typically triggered by anxiety or stress. People with this condition impulsively pull their hair, lashes, and eyebrows. NORD states 0.5% to 3% of people experience this condition.
Both overactive and underactive thyroids can cause hair loss, impacting lashes. In addition to hair loss, symptoms of hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, may include trouble sleeping, sudden weight loss, headaches, and tremors. Those suffering from hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, can also experience hair thinning, fatigue, sensitivity to cold, dry skin, constipation, and weight gain.
Alopecia areata leads to patchy hair loss. This autoimmune condition makes the body attack hair follicles. Some recover from alopecia areata; others face permanent hair loss. Those with vitiligo, thyroid issues, Down syndrome, asthma, or hay fever have higher alopecia areata risks.
The following may also cause eyelash hair loss:
- Makeup allergies – Mascara, makeup remover, face wash, or any other cosmetics that you use around your lashes could be irritating the nearby follicles.
- Blepharitis – This condition is caused when the oil glands on the inner eyelids become irritated and inflamed.
- Chemotherapy – When undergoing chemotherapy, hair loss is a common side effect.
- Natural Hair Loss – As we age, we all lose some amount of hair density. In many cases, the reason for this hair loss can be tied to aging or environmental factors.
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