Five Most Common Reasons for Eyelash Loss (# 5 May Shock You)
Long eyelashes have become a thing and the industry is exploding. Projected to generate up to 1.5 Billion dollars by 2014, lash enhancement sales have no indication of slowing down.
Some women already have long thick lashes but want them to be even more dramatic. Others have skimpier lashes and want to enhance their eyes more.
But there are women who would love to wear faux lashes, however medical conditions present challenges that may be difficult to overcome.
Here are the most common causes for loss of lashes –
The thyroid — a gland in the neck — controls the body’s hormones, but sometimes those levels can get out of whack particularly as we get older. Both hyperthyroidism (an overload of hormones) and hypothyroidism (too little) list lash loss as a potential symptom, along with changes in weight, heart rate, and blood pressure. You might also feel more jittery or anxious than usual. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider, who can run some tests to rule out underlying conditions.
Have just a few eyelashes or none at all? It could stem from alopecia or another autoimmune condition. While alopecia can present in many ways, the condition inhibits hair growth on your body, head, or face. Doctors believe that this disease causes the body to attack its own hair follicles, causing full, partial, or episodic hair loss.
Alopecia is also a common side effect of chemotherapy and loss of lashes is common.
The well-known topical treatment, Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is an FDA-approved prescription product proven to stimulate eyelash growth and darkening. The great news is that the patent for bimatoprost ophthalmic solution has expired and Miraclash the generic version is available without a prescription for less than half the price.
One thing that we all know is that cancer does not discriminate. If you’re missing lashes on a specific part of your eyelid but have normal fringe elsewhere, see a doctor immediately. Cancers on the eyelid can interrupt eyelash growth as these harmful cells spread.
For that reason, you should practice aggressive sun protection all the time — no matter the weather. “Even if it’s cloudy, you should have sunglasses on. They not only protect the eyes, but it protects the skin of the lid.”
Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis usually affects both eyes along the edges of the eyelids. It commonly occurs when tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, causing irritation, redness, and lash loss. A sty may be a symptom in addition to watery, red, itchy burning and swollen eyes.
Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that’s difficult to treat. Blepharitis can be uncomfortable and unsightly. But it usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to your eyesight, and it’s not contagious.
5. False Eyelashes and Lash Extensions
Constant application of strip lashes coated with glue may (surprise) eventually cause loss of natural lashes.
Lash extensionists all swear that this never happens with extensions but five real women tell a different story. If you opt for this lash style seek out a certified technician.
And use a lash serum as preparation first to build up and strengthen your own lashes.