Just like the hair on your head, eyebrows can thin out or stop growing all together. Eyebrow hair loss happens for many reasons; some of the most common include age and hormonal imbalances. As people get older they may notice hair thinning or loss on the head, eyebrows, eyelashes and elsewhere. Over time, some hair follicles naturally stop producing hair and the hair shafts become smaller.
Common causes of eyebrow hair loss
Here are eight common causes of eyebrow hair loss:
- Thyroid disease
- Skin conditions (e.g., alopecia and eczema)
- Overactive immune system
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Physical trauma
- Emotional stress
Eyebrow hair loss prevention
Talk to your doctor about getting blood work to identify what, if any, deficiencies you need to address. Here are some things you can do at home to help prevent eyebrow hair loss before it begins:
Eat plenty of lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Find ways to relax and reduce stress like meditation, massage or yoga.
Avoid over-plucking and stop using harsh chemicals near your eyebrows. Protect them with a thin layer of Vaseline if you need to use hair bleach or dye, Retin-A or glycolic acids.
Eyebrow hair loss treatment
If you are experiencing eyebrow hair loss, talk to your doctor to find out which treatment is right for you. Here are possible treatment options:
Certain prescriptions (e.g., thyroid stimulating hormone, estrogen or testosterone) and over the counter medications (e.g., Minoxidil or Rogaine) may be used to restore hormonally stunted growth. Topical, injectable or oral corticosteroids may also be used to treat skin conditions like areata, eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis.
Acupuncture may be used to stimulate circulation and relieve alopecia areata, which helps reduce attacks on the hair follicle bulb.
- Nutritional Supplements
Supplements that contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids are effective against hair loss in women (and likely in men as well).
- Eyebrow Transplant Restoration
This procedure is similar to scalp hair replacement in that it involves removing a section of skin from a location with many hair follicles and transplanting it to the sparse eyebrow area.
- Bimatoprost or Latisse
Typically used to treat glaucoma, this medication can also be used to extend hair growth cycles and allow for longer hair growth. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved this treatment, studies suggest it may be effective for eyebrow growth.
If you are considering hair restoration for your eyebrows or scalp, but aren’t sure which treatment option is best, contact Amarillo Hair Restoration for a complete digital hair analysis and skilled hair loss treatment in Amarillo, TX. We use a digital hair densitometer to accurately measure your hair count to determine if you are a good candidate for a hair transplantation procedure.