Are your eyelashes getting thinner? You're not alone. Here's why—and what you can do about it.
Eyelashes tend to get thinner as we get older
In a survey of 1,193 women between the ages of 35 to 60 years old, eighty percent of them reported a drastic change in their eyelash area as they got older. While this can happen for different reasons, hair loss is often simply a part of the normal aging process. For instance, the post menopausal drop in certain hormones can slow or even halt the growth of eyelashes. In addition, as your skin gets dryer, your eyelashes also lose moisture, which is damaging to continued growth and replacement.
Other reasons for eyelash loss include:
▪ Heredity: Some people are simply genetically predisposed to shed a lot of hair, especially if their mother's side of the family also suffers from this.
▪ Medical conditions: Illnesses relating to the thyroid and other immune issues. Also, medical treatments requiring chemotherapy.
▪ Rubbing eyelashes too hard, which can damage skin and delicate eyelashes.
What you can do about it
▪ Apply make-up, especially mascara, which comes in lengthening and thickening formulations. Be sure to replace your mascara every three months to avoid infection.
▪ Nourish your eyelashes with over-the-counter cosmetic products and lash-boosting serums containing vitamins and moisturizers.
▪ False eyelashes.
▪ Consult your dermatologist to see what treatments might be right for you, including eyelash transplants, a surgical procedure generally used only in extreme cases.