Why Are My Eyelashes Falling Out?

Updated on December 2, 2012
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Learn why your eyelashes are falling out (and how to make your eyelashes grow back!)


Eyelashes are simply hair that grow on the top of your eyelids, yet it's important for some women to have long, thick luscious eyelashes. Long eyelashes can enhance the beauty of your eyes by making them appear more alert and attractive. Eyelashes also help protect your eyes from debris and dust particles.

It happens to all of us! Your eyelashes may fall out from time to time, similar to the loss of hair on other parts of your body. However, if you experience rapid loss of eyelash, there may be other reasons for the problem.

Learn what the causes are for your eyelashes falling out at such a rapid rate. Read on to learn how to make your eyelashes grow back naturally, including how to make your own eyelash conditioner.


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Reasons Your Eyelashes Are Falling Out


Some of the more obvious reasons of your eyelashes falling out may be due to a mechanical problem. This is the better news - since you can stop the culprit that is causing your eyelashes to fall out.

  • Are you rubbing your eyes too much? Allergy season is here and you may be rubbing your eyes more often.
  • Are you removing your eye makeup daily? When you remove your eye makeup, are you rubbing your eyelids too hard?
  • Do you repeatedly use an eyelash curler? The eyelash curler can also pull your lashes out. If you are curling them AFTER putting on mascara, that can lead to excessive loss of lashes.

Your eyelashes could also be falling out due to some medial reasons.

  • Eyelid Infections. Certain infections of the eyelid such as Blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelid, can cause your lashes to thin out.
  • Thyroid condition. An over-hyperactive or under-hyperactive thyroid can cause loss of eyelashes. The condition can be treated if it is detected early.
  • Mite Infection (D. folliculorum). An infection that causes swelling and inflammation of your eyelashes.
  • Blepharitis. A condition more commonly known as inflammation of the eyelids, blepharitis can also be caused by trauma and allergies.
  • Chemotherapy. This process causes your hair and eye lashes to fall out.
  • Trichotillomania Tangle. A psychological condition that causes a person to pull out their own eyelashes due to stress.
  • Alopecia Areata. A physical condition where the immune system breaks down and attacks hair follicles on your scalp, eyelids, and other parts of the body.
  • Allergies to Mascara. If you notice that your eyes are watery, itchy, and swollen each time you use mascara, you may have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in mascara.


How to Make Eyelashes Grow Faster and Healthier


If you have weak, brittle eyelashes, there are a couple of methods you can apply to help make your eyelashes grow longer and thicker. Fortunately, there are easy solutions that help you grow longer eyelashes.

  1. Eyelash Conditioner. Eyelash growth products help your lashes grow longer and thicker by stimulating the hair follicles with essential proteins, nutrients, and conditioners. Some of the best products also hydrate and moisturize your eye lashes at the same time. Make sure you use a product that contains natural ingredients that won't irritate your eye. The top reviewed products that are out in the market are Lilash, Revitalash, and Latisse. Latisse is a prescription treatment that can beobtained by your doctor.
  2. Proper Nutrition. If you don't want to spend money on eyelash conditioners or accelerators, you can also have long eyelashes by growing them naturally. Your diet plays an important role in achieving longer eyelashes. Proper nutrition will help your eyelashes, as well as your hair and nails grow faster. Eat foods rich in vitamin B5 such as avocado yogurt, and oatmeal. Eat a diet that includes complete proteins such as nutritional yeast or chia seeds.
  3. Apply vitamin E oil to your eyelashes with a brush applicator. You can also apply petroleum jelly to your lashes before going to bed. Petroleum jelly softens and provides moisture, protecting your lashes while they are growing out. It's a longer process, but a more safer and natural ingredient.


How to Make Your Own Natural Eyelash Conditioner

Homemade Eyelash Conditioner


This concoction has been used by women for centuries. Mix everything together and apply to eyelashes at night.

  • Vaseline- Hydrates and moisturizes eyelashes. It also holds the rest of the product together.
  • Almond oil (Or olive oil)- A natural hair growth stimulant and has been used in the Arab and Indian culture for centuries.
  • Aloe Vera Gel- This ingredient helps stop the mixture from being too oily, holds the mixture together and is a natural healer.

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        margaritta 

        7 months ago

        This home serum recipe is very helpful. I know vaseline works, just I don't trust it completely because of its chemical nature. I add coconut oil instead of it - it also holds other ingredients together. But if I need a quick result - for example, before my friends' wedding - I start applying Cherish Lash conditioner 3 weeks before the event. It guarantees long and thick eyelashes that look like falsies ))

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        Mary 

        3 years ago

        I had an injury to my eye and from that I've lost a small amount of eyelashes. The injury was located right at the crease at my eyelid, where one would apply eyeliner just above the eyelashes. I have a very small scar, almost impossible to notice. I am very concerned that this injury will completely prevent those few eyelashes from ever growing back. Please, Please tell me they will!!??! I've been blessed to have very long eyelashes in which I've used Vaseline in place of mascara most of my life, so I'm very sad about this. So as I stated, my concern is due to the injury, will my eyelashes grow back? Thank You....Peace

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        Ghjf 

        4 years ago

        Thank you

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        meshi 

        4 years ago

        I used some eye drops.and sudenlly i noticed that when i rub my eyes after that my lashes were falling out :( help plzz

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        Kim Lam 

        5 years ago from California

        Thank you Kathryn I'm glad that you find it helpful! xo

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        Kathryn 

        5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        I didn't realize eyelash conditioner could be made using these basic ingredients! Thanks for sharing the recipe, as well as the information on losing eyelashes, and conditioning them.

      • Turtlewoman profile imageAUTHOR

        Kim Lam 

        6 years ago from California

        You're welcome, hope it helps!

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        Francesca27 

        6 years ago from Hub Page

        Thank you for writing this hub, it was very interesting.

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