Brow Loss Broohaha (part II) 

Donna Kim Brand

Enjoy part II of our blog post “Brow Loss Broohaha”:

·        Trichtomillomania– this is a self-induced, recurrent loss of hair whereby an afflicted person, often depressed, stressed or on the OCD spectrum, anticipates the tension of pulling their hair out strand by strand, then the sense of relief afterward. While the scalp is the most common pulling site, eyebrows and eyelashes are also common. Treatment is usually with medication or psychotherapy, and takes time.

·        Atopic Dermatitis– itchy, red patches on your brows may indicate a type of eczema. Get medical advice as to how to treat this, as solutions could be as simple as changing your soap or cosmetics or may require medicine to treat encroachment to the eye area.

·        Hypothyroidism– an underactive thyroid gland causes a range of symptoms in your body, from chronic fatigue, to weight gain, to hair loss. Medical treatment by hormone replacement generally restores regrowth of lost eyebrow hair.

·        Chemotherapy– many chemo drugs cause whole-body hair loss about two weeks into treatment. Once treatment stops, most hair, including eyebrows and eyelashes, regrow.

·        Reaction to drugs/medication– some more common drugs used to treat depression (like Prozac) and hypertension (like Atenolol) can also cause loss of eyebrow hair while you use them. Not knowing this can exacerbate your original malady.

·        Fungal or bacterial infections– some eyebrow hair loss is related to fungus or bacteria, which should be treated by specific medicines or their alternatives.

·        Allergies– an allergic reaction causing eyebrow hair loss can be caused by a range of foods, chemicals, solvents, toxic heavy metals, pesticides or herbicides. Once ascertained that allergy is a likely cause of hair loss, you will need to eliminate suspected items one by one. Help from professionals can be helpful here, after taking stock on obvious possible irritants in your immediate environment and removing them.

Solutions to eyebrow hair loss are varied, as mentioned, with some requiring professional or medical attention.

The simplest and cheapest approach is to apply washable eyebrow pencil daily in a color that matches your hair or enhances your complexion. Otherwise, you could consider dying or tatooing on permanent eyebrows if you are ready for that option. (I wasn’t.) You can now purchase fiber-attaching products that fill in empty patches on your brows, but apparently this only works for some users and requires regular application.

Or you could spring for surgical hair restoration, an eyebrow transplant, where you would graft hair from the back of your head to your brows. This is expensive but allows for re-engaging live hair follicles, which need regular trimming and will turn gray as the rest of your hair does.

As with many things in life, like good health or shoes, we tend not to notice them unless something is terribly out of order or utterly exquisite. Eyebrows are like that. So take a look at yours, and others, and do seek treatment if it appears something is awry. Otherwise, go with the flow and use artificial means to create your most flattering natural look.

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