Eyebrows have become something of a fashion statement in their own right over the past few years. The careful grooming and shaping to create the perfect brow attracts a great deal of interest on social and entertainment channels.
Sadly this makes it all the more traumatic for individuals suffering from eyebrow hair loss, and we are often contacted by distraught people asking, “Why are my eyebrows falling out?”
The reasons people may experience hair loss in their brows are many and varied. However, the good news is that most instances of alopecia brows can be treated once you’ve established the cause.
What Causes Alopecia Brows?
In general, the term alopecia refers to hair loss that occurs on the body. As we age, our hair becomes finer and often starts to fall out and this is true for our eyebrows and lashes too.
However, this is just one cause of eyebrow loss. Others include:
- Infections and skin conditions
- Diet deficiencies
- Trauma and stress
- Hormonal imbalances
- Autoimmune diseases
Infections and Skin Conditions
Contact dermatitis caused by allergens or irritants results in itching, burning and inflammation in the affected area. In most cases, seborrheic dermatitis is thought to be caused by a fungus or an overproduction of oils in the skin. In these instances, scratching and picking at the affected area exacerbates the problem and damages the skin and hair follicles.
We know that our bodies require a range of foods to nourish our cells and keep us healthy. Lacking in any one of the numerous compounds necessary for growth and wellness can impact the hair follicle, the growth of the hair, and the surrounding tissues.
For instance, zinc is required for cellular growth, vitamin C for the production of collagen and the absorption of iron for strong hair. Vitamin B7 stimulates the production of keratin promoting healthy hair and follicles.
Trauma and Stress
Stress and anxiety affect our bodies in so many ways, many of which we aren’t even aware of. On a physiological level, prolonged stress induces changes that result in long-term damage. “Stress can push hair follicles into a “resting” phase so that they don’t produce new hair strands. Over time, hair can fall out more easily, even if you’re just washing, combing, or touching it.” (Source)
Thyroid issues are at the root of many hormone-induced problems. When your body lacks the correct amount and ratio of hormones it needs to function properly, we see an imbalance in normal processes, hair growth being one of them. The same can be said for pregnancy and childbirth which throw a woman’s hormones into disarray and impact hair growth cycles.
The autoimmune disease alopecia areata causes hair loss. Part of the immune system mistakes your own body for a foreign invader, and it launches an attack. In alopecia areata, the hair follicles from which individual hairs grow are affected, slowing or shutting down hair growth. Alopecia areata usually appears as random and patchy areas of hair loss, while alopecia universalis can result in the complete loss of hair over the entire body.
Eczema and psoriasis are also triggered by an overly sensitive immune system and results in itching, scaly skin, and painful inflammation which affects the follicles beneath the skin’s surface.
How Do You Treat Eyebrow Alopecia?
Do eyebrows grow back after alopecia? That depends on the cause of the problem and your body’s response to it. For example, those suffering from alopecia areata will likely experience hair growth when their condition is inactive. Topical treatments for skin disorders can rectify the situation, and enhanced personal care and wellness programs go a long way toward ensuring lower stress levels and better overall health.
One of the challenges, however, is dealing with alopecia eyebrow regrowth and permanent loss of eyebrows.
Dealing with Alopecia Eyebrows and Regrowth
If your brows are growing back then staying healthy and caring for your skin and hair is all you need to do. Time and patience will do the rest.
If you don’t want to wait months to get your brows back, or if your hair loss is permanent, then you may want to consider another option.
Microblading, or eyebrow tattooing, is one of the preferred ways of creating beautiful, natural-looking brows for life.
Suki Mezei, a fully qualified and licensed micro-pigmentation and medical tattoo specialist says, “Microblading and/or eyebrow tattooing is a great way to give the appearance of fuller eyebrows with a natural result, using a technique to mimic the look of hair strokes or powder effect brows.
“This is also called micro-pigmentation. I always carry out a thorough consultation first, working with you to draw the shape of eyebrow you would like and selecting the best colour.”
Let Us Help
Your eyebrows can completely transform your face, and we understand the value of feeling comfortable and self-confident in today’s world. The dismay caused by alopecia brows need not define you, especially since there are viable alternatives available.
We encourage you to find out more about micro-pigmentation and the impressive results you can achieve with the right eyebrow tattoo artist.
Get in touch with our team and discover the best solution for you.