Why Are Your Eyebrows Thinning?
Back in the 90’s pencil thin eyebrows were all the rage, while recently thick voluminous brows are what is desired. There are those lucky people that were born with those “Shields” brows, and then others who either have naturally thin brows or are possibly losing theirs for one reason or another. If you find yourself in the latter of the 2, there are a couple of reasons you may be experiencing this loss/thinning:
Great shaped brows are what we all want, right? Tweezing is one of the most popular and easy ways to attain this look. What many people don’t think about when plucking away is that there is the ability to damage the follicle and may lead to permanent loss. Give your brows a standing chance and think before you get to tweezer happy!
It is normal as we age for our hair to thin. This applies to ALL hair, including your eyebrows! Genetics, diet, and mainly drop in hormones are what is responsible for this as it affects the growth cycle.
“You are what you eat” the old saying goes, and yes, consuming an unbalanced/unhealthy diet will not only effect your skin/nails/and head hair…it will also affect your eyebrows! Be sure to take in some fatty acids/zinc/iron and vitamin D to keep your skin and locks (head and facial) healthy!!
Telogen Effluvium (TE)
Telogen Effluvium is one of the most common forms of hair loss which is typically temporary but causes hair to fall quite quick. TE can be caused by stress, health conditions or medications and thinning is caused due to changes in the normal hair growth cycle.
Alopecia (also known as male/female pattern baldness) not only affects the scalp but eyebrows as well! It is normal to experience burning, mild irritation, redness and itching. Having an auto immune disease is also thought to be the main cause. Alopecia causes brows to have patchy baldness and even lead to loss of the whole brow! Not to worry, brows thinning or gone due to alopecia have the potential to grow back after a patient has been treated. When hair falls off the thinning patches the follicles remain alive and are able to grow back in! If you are unsure of the cause of your eyebrow loss/thinning it always a good idea to call a certified dermatologist/trichologist and keep in mind that a hair transplant is an option as well to get those brows you’ve been wanting!