Eyebrows are one of women’s most prominent facial features because of the many functions they perform. They help accentuate the eyes, shape the face, and play a powerful role in communication.
As we get older, gray hairs and crow’s feet aren’t the only thing we have to look forward to . Our eye brows can show signs of aging, too.
This seems to happened so gradual that you barely even notice it happening. Skimpy eyes brows seem make us look older that what we are and our faces look undefined and tired.
I’ve never been blessed with thick full eyebrows. But in the last few years around the age of 40, I noticed them thinning and by age 48 they were practically non-existent. So, I decided to go on a quest to research why and possible solutions.
During my research I found out there are many reasons that could possibly play a part. For example abrupt hormone changes like postpartum and menopause. Another common one is it a symptom of a thyroid deficiency. Nutritional deficiencies can cause sparse brows. Genetics may also dictate the age you’ll start to notice a change to your brows.
A 2011 study on Science Direct, a platform for peer-reviewed research, found that a lack of vitamin A can hinder the production of sebum, which is essential for moisturizing hair and promoting its growth.
Overgrooming could also make all of these worse. “We also see thinning eyebrows, especially in women, as a result of too much tweezing or waxing earlier in life. If the hair follicles suffer trauma and die out as a result, a permanent thinning of the eyebrows can occur,” says New York City–based board-certified dermatologist Judith Hellman, M.D.
So, what is going on? Just as the hair follicles on your scalp grow thinner and finer hair as you get older, so too, can the follicles above your eyes, said dermatologist Dr Sejal Shah, a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
Actually, eyebrow hair loss is a fairly common occurrence. It can be due to any number of reasons, ranging from hormonal changes or nutritional deficiencies to an infection, skin condition, stress, or even an overactive immune system that’s attacking the hair follicles. This type of hair loss has a number of different possible treatments, depending on the cause.
Getting to the Source of Eyebrow Hair Loss
Specific causes for eyebrow hair loss include:
- Alopecia areata – The same autoimmune disease that is oftentimes responsible for scalp hair loss can also affect your eyebrows. In this case, your immune system mistakenly targets and attacks your eyebrow follicles, thereby slowing or halting eyebrow hair production.
- Nutritional deficiencies – Your body requires a healthy balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Since some of these nutrients sustain and influence hair growth, a lack in any of them could result in hair loss. For example, a deficiency of vitamins C, E, B-12, D, iron, cysteine, and/or omega-3 fatty acids could trigger hair loss, including in the eyebrows.
- Dermatitis – Skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, can interfere with proper hair growth. Any type of dermatitis can block hair from growing hair follicles normally.
- Thyroid disease – The thyroid gland, located in the front of the neck, produces hormones that regulate your metabolism. When it produces too much or too little of a hormone, your body’s normal processes – including hair growth – can be disrupted.
- Excessive stress or anxiety – Psychological issues are known to contribute to eyebrow hair loss. If you have recently experienced a traumatic event or major lifestyle change, this may be the root cause.
- Telogen effluvium (TE) – This refers to a temporary, but dramatic, loss of hair that happens when your normal hair growth cycle is interrupted. This can be due to stress, changes in your diet, medications, hormonal or other changes in your body chemistry.
- Overplucking – This practice creates minor trauma to the follicle, which can result in the hair no longer growing in that spot.
- Scar tissue – can be the result of trauma, burns (chemical or thermal) and skin conditions typically involving problems with the immune system attacking the body’s own tissues.
- Aging – Generally starting in our 40s, as levels of estrogen in women and testosterone in men dwindle, both genders may start to experience thinning of hair on the scalp and in the eyebrows.
- Chemotherapy – Chemo is specifically designed to affect all rapidly dividing cells, including hair follicles. Therefore, chemotherapy can stifle hair production in the brows.
So what’s a 40+ women to do about disappearing eyebrow dilemma? How can she bring her face back to life?
There are certainly a ton of products on the market and online tutorials.
1. Take care when waxing, plucking, and threading.
“The trauma inflicted on hair follicles during waxing, tweezing, and threading can lead to permanent follicular damage,” explains Dr. Umar. “Women who grew up in the height of the ’90s overplucked, pencil-thin brow trend have begun to notice the difficulty in growing thicker eyebrows after years of this habit.”
2. Fake fuller brows with finesse.
“The biggest mistake I see is people being too heavy handed with their eyebrow products,” says Megan Studabaker, a registered nurse and owner of Finespun Brow Design in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I recommend applying products in hair-like strokes, versus just filling in with powder because it often gets smeared and messy which isn’t achieving the polished look you are going for.”
She recommends using a tinted eyebrow gel as a finishing step. “It’s relatively foolproof and comes in a tube like mascara,” Studabaker says. “Brush your hairs into shape to keep them in place and you can achieve more definition by choosing a gel with a tint.”
3. Try microblading for a more permanent solution.
Microblading is a semipermanent way to fill in brows that looks more natural than permanent makeup or tattooing. “Microblading differs from tattooing and the traditional form of permanent makeup in that it is typically done by hand versus a machine and doesn’t go as deep into the skin,” explains Studabaker. “In the past, tattooing and traditional permanent makeup usually resulted in a solid line and the color could change significantly with time.”
The process takes about two hours to complete, but you’ll need to go in for a touch up about once a year after the initial appointment (and possibly a second follow-up). Microblading costs between $500 and $1,000, and the results should last for one to three years. Your natural brow hair will continue to grow, but you likely won’t need to get waxed as often. “Most people find their regular maintenance decreased because they have the shape they want after microblading,” Studabaker says.
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Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism and A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way. You can find all these books on Amazon. You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
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