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Eyebrow Loss in Women

By Kris Geneva ; Updated August 14, 2017

Eyebrows serve a practical purpose. They keep the sweat on your forehead from rolling into your eyes. Eyebrows also have an aesthetic appeal. They frame the face, draw attention to the eyes and thus have a significant impact on a person’s appearance. This is why so many women feel distressed if they experience the loss of their eyebrows. Identifying the reason for hair loss is the first step in treating the condition.

Causes

There are several causes of eyebrow hair loss according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Some systemic diseases and skin infections may be to blame. Chemotherapy or radiation treatments often result in total loss of hair, including the hair on the eyebrows. Compulsive plucking, also known as trichotillomania, is a psychological condition that can lead to sparse or missing brows. Even repeated tweezing can cause eyebrow loss.

Symptoms

The symptoms of eyebrow loss include hair thinning, bald patches or total hair loss within the eyebrow area. Hypothyroidism typically causes loss to the outer two-thirds of the eyebrow. Redness, itching or scaling often accompanies eyebrow loss from skin infections. Hair will appear broken at skin level when a fungal infection is the cause. Eyebrow loss from repeated plucking or tweezing is limited to the areas where hair removal occurred.

Treatments

Addressing the underlying cause of eyebrow loss usually results in hair regrowth. However, it may take weeks, or even months, before your brows start to grow back. If the hair does not grow back on its own, consider trying a hair-stimulating product, formulated for the eyebrow area. Topical minoxidil promotes eyebrow hair growth in some patients suffering from alopecia areata. Additionally, hair transplant surgery is an option for restoring eyebrows.

Cosmetic Remedies

Filling in your brows with eyebrow pencils or powders is an easy and effective way to camouflage the problem. Powder-based products work best when there are some hairs left in the brow area. The powdered formula will adhere to the hairs and create a fuller looking brow. Tattooing the eyebrow area is another more permanent cosmetic option. Although, tattoos will fade over time, so touch ups are sometimes necessary.

Considerations

Treating eyebrows without first correcting the underlying cause of the hair loss could prove unsuccessful. Get a diagnosis from a qualified health care provider before beginning treatment. Eyebrow treatment methods can cause allergic reactions and other unwanted side effects in some individuals.

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