Why do eyelashes fall out

What to do if the eyelashes fall out

By Sylvia Petersen | February 19, 2021, 5:23 a.m.

Thick, long eyelashes not only look beautiful, they also protect us from sweat or dirt particles from getting into our eyes. If they become fewer or even fail completely, this can have serious causes. How to diagnose and treat eyelash loss - STYLEBOOK spoke to a dermatologist.

As a rule, a person has around 200 eyelashes in the upper lid area. Often you only notice when you wash with the mascara when they are less. "Anyone who finds the first gaps or loses three to four eyelashes a day should urgently seek medical advice," says Dr. Alice Martin, dermatologist and co-founder of Telepraxis Dermanostic. What can be the causes of eyelashes falling out?

Inflammation of the eye

"All diseases of the eye - for example stye or neurodermatitis on the lid - can lead to loss of the eyelashes," explains Dr. Alice Martin. "Then the area in which the eyelashes grow also becomes inflamed." It is important not to rub your eyes all the time and thus bring in bacteria that can trigger another infection.

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Allergic reaction

"Eyelashes can also fall out as a result of an allergic reaction, e.g. to the ingredients of the mascara or the make-up removal product," says the dermatologist. Particular care should be taken with cosmetics that were bought abroad and are not permitted in this country. The doctor warns: “Here, active ingredients can trigger toxic reactions and severely damage the skin. Anyone who is generally prone to allergies should be particularly careful. "

The body lacks important nutrients

A lack of nutrients can also trigger eyelash loss. Dr. Alice Martin advises you to consume enough iron, vitamins A and B and biotin, which are particularly important for healthy skin, hair and nails.

Often it is not just the eyelashes that fall out

In addition, there are other factors that can lead to eyelash loss. These include certain medications, such as chemotherapy drugs, that are used during cancer treatment. Then, as a rule, not only the eyelashes fall out, but all body hair. This is also the case with alopecia, a rare autoimmune disease. "Here the body turns against itself and fights its own hair cells," explains Dr. Alice Martin. Stress can also lead to hair and eyelash loss. "It triggers sleep disorders in many people, which in turn upset the hormonal balance," explains the dermatologist.

The expert's advice: act quickly when eyelashes fall out

The earlier the problem is recognized, the faster it can be addressed - this also applies to the loss of eyelashes. It is important to seek medical advice and clarify the cause. "Usually you can quickly find out about her," says Dr. Alice Martin. “If it is corrected, the eyelashes usually grow back again. Only when the deep-seated stem cells are damaged, for example by chemical burns or burns, eyelashes can no longer grow back. "

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