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Why Do Eyelashes Thin?

At menopause many women notice their hair is thinning, but are you noticing your eyelashes thinning too? Dr Andrew Weil explains just what can be affecting you.

Dr Andrew Weil

Eyelashes fall out normally from time to time, just as hair elsewhere on the body does. But eyelashes can also fall out for other reasons. Wiping your eyes too vigorously can pull out a few lashes, and it’s better to use an eye makeup remover that does the job without the need for rubbing. In addition, heavy mascara can actually weigh down delicate lashes and cause them to fall out, and the pressure of an eyelash curler can pull them out as well.

Other potential causes of eyelash loss include eyelid infections and thyroid conditions. (If so, your eyelashes will stop falling out once the root problem is corrected.) An infection with a mite called D. folliculorum can cause swelling and inflammation of the eyelash follicles. If you’re losing hair elsewhere on your body, alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition, may be the problem. Sometimes a nutrient deficiency could be at play as well.

If you are experiencing a dramatic loss of eyelashes, consult your physician, who should be able to determine what is going on. If not, consider seeking out the advice of an integrative physician who can help look into deeper health concerns or imbalances. Lash-growing drugs all have potential side effects, and I do not recommend them. Make sure your investigation into a root cause includes thyroid, immune and nutrient sufficiency markers.

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As women age they notice the obvious hormonal changes such as weight gain and hot flushes, but eyebrows and eyelashes are also usually affected as well. If you have been a heavy eyebrow plucker in your youth not only do they not grow back, but can lose definition and thickness as do your eyelashes.

Hormones affect hair loss, particularly if you also have an under active thyroid so check the symptoms for that and take action to achieve hormone balance.

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AnnA Rushton | 5:56 pm, February 18th, 2017

Charlene as the article mentioned low thyroid is a possibility so do check this with your doctor. If this is the case supplementing with progesterone (Serenity) could help.

Charlene Davies | 1:23 pm, February 17th, 2017

How can I regrow my eyelashes back. They fall out sometimes and now there thin. I’m using talika lipocils eyelash serum at the moment. Any suggestions on anything that works would be great.

Ellison | 6:01 pm, August 25th, 2015

Proper care is the most essential factor for having good eyelashes.

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