Your eyelashes can become brittle, just like the rest of your hair. They will grow back, however. Normal circumstances take a few months to allow lashes to grow back. Your lashes won’t all fall out at once, so it’s not common for them to start growing back.
Sometimes, lashes may fall out because of an underlying condition. It may take longer for your lashes to grow back if there is an underlying medical condition. Sometimes they may not grow back at all.
How Eyelashes Grow?
The growth cycle of eyelashes is called the “eyelash cycle”. It consists of three phases.
The Growth Cycle in its Stages
These are the stages of eyelash growth.
- This is the growth phase. Your lashes will fall out after the telogen phase. They start in the anagen stage. The rate at which lashes grow is slow, around 0.12 to 0.14 millimeters per day. The growth of lashes takes several weeks. On average, the anagen phase takes between 4-10 weeks.
- Catagen phase This is also known as the degradation phase. This is the time when lashes are fully grown and haven’t fallen out. Lashes rarely grow more than 12mm.
- Telogen phase This stage is the resting. It can take nearly a year to complete the entire life cycle of an eyelash. It can vary from one person to another.
Causes of eyelash loss
There are many reasons why your lashes fall out. Eyelashes can fall out naturally like your hair, but there are other reasons.
You may also be experiencing hair loss in other areas of your body, such as the eyelashes or on your head. It can be chronic or acute.
Stressors such as illness, surgery, or anaemia can lead to acute cases. Acute alopecia will result in the loss of eyelashes. Alopecia patients with long-term or chronic lashes may experience a slower rate of lash growth.
How can you encourage growth?
Many mascaras claim to increase lash length and beauty. There are only a handful of proven methods to increase eyelash growth.
Latisse (bimatoprost), is FDA-approved and research-backed. Latisse can increase the number of eyelashes in growth phase simultaneously. It also produces thicker and darker lashes, according to evidence.
Side effects can occur.
- Eye irritation
- Eye burning
- Eyelid pigmentation
- Feeling that there is something in your eyes
- Vision issues
Only prescriptions are accepted for Latisse. You would normally request it from your dermatologist.
Eyelash loss can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, as well as the above-mentioned causes. There is no evidence to support the claim that vitamins and diet can increase eyelash growth. Resolving a nutritional deficiency that is causing hair loss can help to prevent future hair loss.
How to Prevent Eyelash Loss?
To prevent eyelash fall, the American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests that you practice good hygiene. Washing your face daily, using gentle products that won’t irritate skin and avoiding moisturizing around the eyes are some of the best ways to prevent eyelash loss. A healthy diet is recommended by the AAO, which includes fruits, vegetables, and protein.