How To Know About Growing and Losing Eyelashes
Eyelashes are special for a girl and it is never nice to see too many of them fall out, but that may happen at times. The only way to keep yourself from worrying too much over fallen eyelashes would be to know all there is to know about both growing and losing them.
Is It Natural to Lose Eyelashes?
When you see a bunch of your lashes fall out at once, it can be a bit worrying. However, rest assured that in most cases, it’s part of the natural cycle and doesn’t indicate anything is wrong. Just like the rest of the hair on our body, lashes are shed periodically. They then grow back automatically, which is a natural process.
The Natural Growth Cycle of Your Eyelashes
There are three progressive phases in the growth and lifecycle of human eyelashes. These are called the anagen phase, the catagen phase, and the telogen phase respectively.
The anagen phase can last for roughly 4-6 weeks. During this time, the lash remains connected to the dermal papilla, growing actively.
The catagen phase is also called the transitional phase, as it is during these 2-3 weeksthat the hair follicles shrink, signaling the end of the growth cycle.
The longest of the three phases, the telogen phase, lasts for at least four months, up to a maximum of nine months, but at the end of it, the lash finally falls out.
The lashes on your eyelids do not start these phases at the same time, whichis why we see a lash or two falling off almost every other day.
Can You Speed Up Your Eyelash Growth Cycle?
This one is actually quite a common question and the good news is that the answer is yes. It is possible to accelerate the growth of your eyelashes with the help of the following methods.
You can promote eyelash growth with the help of specialized growth serums. Even if your lashes are not falling out, promoting growth in brittle or tiny lashes with a high-quality serum is possible.
Eating Food Rich in Biotin
Biotin (vitamin H) is not that hard to find in natural foods, and since it directly promotes keratin growth, it is possible to accelerate the growth rate of your lashes with a diet rich in nuts, green veggies (broccoli, kale, etc.), cauliflowers, onions and whole grains in general.
The Other Nutrients that Help
Vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin,protein,and iron are the other nutrients the human body needs to accelerate hair growth in general, which includes the lashes as well. Take a look at the following chart to see how you can receive each of these nutrients from natural food sources. Adding a multivitamin to the list can also be helpful.
- Protein and niacin: Meat, poultry, fish, chickpeas, beans, seitan, lentils, etc.
- Vitamins A and C: Berries, avocado, animal liver, fish liver, dairy, sweet potato, kale, papaya, watermelon, cherry, guava, Kakadu plum, etc.
- Iron: Spinach, poultry, seafood, beans, dry fruits, etc.
Unnatural Causes Responsible for Losing Eyelashes
While losing a few eyelashes on a daily basis is expected, it is time to worry if you notice your lash density is thinning visibly. One of the prime causes for this is usingan old tube of mascara full of bacteria or a product that contains ingredients that you are allergic to. Switch to something else and see if the situation improves.
Unfortunately, certain medical conditions can also be responsible for making people lose their eyelashes, which include alopecia areata, scleroderma, blepharitis, lupus, and hyperthyroidism/hypothyroidism. Only a doctor can confirm if you have any of those diseases, so get yourself checked out to be sure. If someone is going through chemotherapy, all hair, including the eyelashes may fall off partially or even completely, but in most cases, the hair and the lashes slowly grow back after the chemotherapy sessions have ended.
How to Avoid Self-Harm to your Lashes
Unfortunately, those of us that use makeup on a fairly regular basis, often end up damaging our eyelashes unwittingly. To avoid such self-inflicted damage to your eyelashes, keep the following tips in mind.
- Do not pull on your lashes hard, especially when removing mascara
- Use a remover and pull gently when you are trying to remove glued lash extensions
- Keep the use of eyelash curlers to a minimum
- If you have itchy eyelids, you probably have an allergy, so get it checked out by a dermatologist
That’s about all you need to know about losing and growing eyelashes. While it isn’t the most comprehensive guide, if you pay attention to everything we just discussed, you will probably never have to worry about your eyelashes ever again.
Expect normal growth
There is very little you can actually do to make your eyelashes grow faster. Your best bet will be to simply keep the eyelashes from falling back out again, which means your focus should be on prevention and maintenance. Expect that it will take awhile for your lashes to grow back in and that in the mean time, you will need to work to maintain that growth.
Avoid wearing makeup
If you know the cause of your eyelash loss was from something like chemo or hormone problems, don’t worry about this. However, if your loss was unexplained, you will want to avoid wearing makeup around your eyes. There are two reasons for this. The first is that makeup does expire after awhile and the bacteria it grows can cause your eyelash loss. Another reason is that some people are allergic to the ingredients in makeup and this make have aggravated your skin enough to cause the hair loss.
Wash your face regularly
Eyelash loss is often caused by an overgrowth of bacteria around the eyelids and face. Wash your face every day with gentle soaps designed for the face in order to keep bacteria under control.
Eat a healthy diet
If you are eating a particularly limited diet, this can have an effect on hair growth and health. Not getting enough vitamin D, vitamin A, and complete protein can cause or worsen hair loss. Eat a well balanced diet with a wide range of foods in order to make sure that your body has what it needs to make healthy hair.
Let your natural shape come in
Overusing or incorrectly using an eyelash curler can accidentally pull out your eyelashes, especially if the hair is already weak. Don’t use your eyelash curler for awhile and see if this helps keep your eyelashes in place.
Keep your hands away from your face
There is a sea of bacteria on your hands and when you touch your face, you’re introducing this bacteria to your skin. Your eyes are very sensitive to bacteria and can easily become infected. By keeping your hands away, you’ll help ensure that your eyes and thus your eyelashes can stay healthy.