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Eyebrow Hair Loss


Firstly, you should know that the hair on you head is just the same as what’s on the head. However, the difference if that their life span is much shorter. Furthermore this is due to the location on the body and the follicle size. A typical life of an eyebrow would be around 3-4 months compared that of the hair being 5-7 years. Discover what can cause your eyebrow hairs to thin and how to treat it.

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Eyebrow Hair Loss Causes

Most noteworthy, there are many reasons for eyebrow hair loss. Localised Infections, Alopecia of the eyebrows, lichen planus planopilaris (scarring alopecia) also known as frontal Fibrosing Alopecia, trauma or traction loss, lack of correct nutrition, thyroid disease, skin diseases (psoriasis, eczema & contact reactions) pregnancy, chemotherapy, telogen effluvium, aging, and stress. Most of these hair loss conditions can be avoided. However, once the hair falls in many cases there is little or not treatment.

Localised infections

Bacterial infections may present symptoms such as scaling, Erythema and hair loss. If you see any such symptoms you should seek professional advice.

Alopecia Areata

Sometimes known as Alopecia Areata, although this is incorrect. Alopecia of the eyebrows presents as localised loss of hair on the brows. Often the skin will show no signs. Exclamation hairs may be present however due their size, they are difficult to see. Also they fall very quickly. Furthermore alopecia of the eyebrows is caused by an immune action, resulting in the immune system attacking the follicles on the eyebrows and blocking its ability to grow. Also when the hairs grow back they often appear white.


Yes we all get old and part of getting old is loosing hair. We will all suffer hair loss to some degree as we age. The decreasing levels of Estrogen in Women and Testosterone in Men can cause hairs to thin. Furthermore the eyebrows are no different.

Lichen Planus Planopilaris

A scarring alopecia that causes the destruction of the hair follicle resulting in permanent hair loss in most cases. Lichen Planus Planopilaris often affects the frontal hair line as well in post menopausal women. This is often the method of diagnosis. Symptoms include, erythema, discomfort, flaking, crusting, Irritation and Hair Loss. You should seek professional advice in any case of symptoms such as the above. Most noteworthy, you can only stop the damage getting worse. Once the hair has gone, it’s gone!


Psoriasis Cases that affect the eyebrows tend to be fairly obvious as other parts of the body will presents symptoms. The symptoms may present similar to that of Lichen Planus, Eczema and contact reactions. Furthermore, like any form of skin condition you should seek professional advice first.

Firstly, Psoriasis is very much stress related and will flare up more normally during winter months. So the winter break in the sun is advisable. Sun and sea are in most cases a great way to help psoriasis. A clinic like ours would be able to offer treatment to slow down the rapid cell growth and calm the skin. The key is to keep the crusting at bay. Be warned that pealing off the crusting is likely to make the condition worse unless properly prepared.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

Eczema is a skin condition that is often considered chronic. Acute flare ups may occur in cases of contact reactions. The symptom include oozing, irritation, erythema (redness). Furthermore this generates from a sensitivity to the skin. If the skin is unhappy then, hair loss may follow.

Treating eczema can involve a number of options. Removing the unwanted scales and flaky skin in the first thing that is required. However, this is not an easy task. The skin needs to be prepared correctly otherwise attempting to remove the scales can lead to further problems. Slowing down the cell proliferation or life cycle is the key to treating Eczema.

Contact Reaction 

Allergic or irritant reactions occur when one uses something on the skin in excess or that the skin touches and reacts too that something on first use. The skin reacts presenting symptoms of dry skin, oozing, pain, flaking etc. Remove the cause in the first instance is advised. Seek professional advice.

Thyroid Disease

Thyroid Disease is a common form of hair loss in women. The thyroid affects the body’s metabolism. Therefore, when the thyroid is ineffective, then hair loss may follow. It will in most case offer supporting hair loss on the scalp. Hypothyroidism causes weight gain and fatigue. In contrast, hyperthyroidism causes weight loss, bulging eyes and heart palpitations. Eyebrow Hair loss may occur in both forms.

Ensuring your thyroid function is regulated is important. Speaking to your GP about this at the earliest opportunity is paramount. Hair loss related to hormonal imbalances can be permanent. There are some that would promise to grow the hair back with treatment. Be aware you must treat the cause in this case!

Pregnancy and Birth

As most women who have children will be aware the hormone functions of the body become for want of a better term confused. You would have also noticed that during pregnancy, the hair retains its beauty and fullness. Hair loss will follow post birth (normally around 3 months). You should ensure your blood results are monitored. If hair loss persists then you should seek professional advice from a trichologist or your GP.

Telogen Effluvium

Teleogen Effluvium is a condition that may affect all body parts including eyebrows. Very unlikely to affect only the eyebrows though. Telogen Effluvium is basically when the hair which should be in the growth phase or cycle jumps prematurely into the resting phase known as the Telogen phase. Perhaps another way to describe this for of hair loss is to say the growth cycle gets interrupted. Furthermore there are numerous potential reasons why this occurs. Firstly, the body temperature increasing to 103.5 and above. Maybe you suffered a bout of flu? Maybe you had food poisoning? Also an infection where you required antibiotics? Furthermore, bereavement and other events that cause trauma can lead to hair loss.

Removing the cause is the first part of the treatment. The hair tends to grow back in time. However, a full blood test should be sought to establish if there have been any longer lasting effects. Stimulation treatments are often used with excellent success.


Stress really comes under the umbrella of Telogen effluvium. In a nutshell stress affects us in everything we do. Also stress affects people in different ways and severity. Stress can lead to the body’s ability to look after itself reducing. Therefore the body will go on a kind of protective mode where its resources concentrate on the vital organs leaving the skin and hair with a reduced protection therefore hair loss may follow. most noteworthy hair shedding will occur several months post trauma.

Treatment involves removing the cause. Furthermore a full blood count should be obtained. Hair tends to recover but it can lay dormant. Therefore treatment to stimulate hair growth may be an option. I don’t mean using oils or wonder potions and cures. Stimulation should be undertaken by an established clinic using stimulation equipment.


The application of harsh chemicals that place the hair follicles in a state of anagen effluvium causing the almost immediate loss of hair within a matter of weeks and in some cases days. Chemotherapy is effectively poisoning the body to destroy cancer cells. This is a major trauma on the body in particular the hair follicle. The addition of a cold cap may prevent hair loss.

Treatment involves removing the cause i.e. stopping the chemotherapy. This of course will happen once the course of treatment is concluded.


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