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Thinning Eyelashes Causes and Treatment

Updated on February 5, 2015


Like all other body parts, eyelashes have a life cycle. So the loss of eyelashes is natural physiological process, barely notable because eyelashes grow quickly to replace the lost ones.
But the decline or the thinning of eyelashes occurs primarily as result of allergic reactions to cosmetics, mascara, crayon and creams. Long-term inflammation of the skin around the eyes (bacterial or allergic), conjunctivitis, some drugs, chemotherapy, decreased thyroid gland function, diet low in vitamins and minerals, and anemia also cause this problem.

Some popular cosmetic treatments such as twisting and upgrading of the eyelids, may also contribute to the thinning of the eyelashes because they lead to chemical, mechanical or thermal injury of the eyelid structures responsible for the growth of eyelashes.

It is sometimes caused by certain skin diseases or alopecia areata. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the antibodies attack the root of the hair mistaking them with foreign bodies. This disease is usually triggered by stress or virus.

Eczema, especially allergic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis can cause eyelashes loss where signs of burns, severe trauma, surgical interventions, and radioactive treatment appear on the eyelid.

The decline or thinning of eyelashes is difficult for both women and men, which creates not only aesthetic, but also psychological problem.


Stop the use of cosmetics, mascara, crayon, eyelash curlers, and avoid cosmetic treatments. Gently rub the edges of the eyelids with castor oil or linseed oil (rich in vitamin E, which stimulates the growth of eyelashes), dietary supplements like vitamins, especially B, E, C, and minerals: iron, selenium and zinc.

Thinning of the eyelashes can be only one manifestation of the disease, and rarely the only symptom of this disease. To determine the cause of the thinning , it is necessary to do a complete diagnosis: teeth examination, gynecological examination, urine culture...etc.

Castor oil

Apply a maximum of one drop of castor oil and gently rub along the eyelashes. Leave for at least five minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat for four weeks.

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