Similar to the hair on the head, your eyebrows can either stop growing or thin out. Even if you were born with thick and full eyebrows, you can suddenly start to lose brow hair, which can be worrying. But you aren’t alone and there are a lot of reasons why your eyebrows thin out!
So if you’re asking yourself, “Why are my eyebrows so thin?” read on for the causes to see what you can do.
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Why Are My Eyebrows So Thin?
Are your eyebrows naturally thin or have you begun to notice one or both are thinning? Here are the reasons why:
1. Aging and Hormonal Issues
When both men and women age, so do their hair follicles around the body. Besides the hair on our heads, our eyebrow hair will also begin to thin and appear sparse, as hormone levels begin to dwindle. Genetics may also play a role in when you’ll begin losing hair around your body!
Besides aging, reproductive hormone changes can also affect your eyebrow hair, especially for women. Abrupt hormonal changes such as pregnancy or thyroid issues can cause hair growth issues.
2. Nutritional Deficiency
Some extreme cases like eating disordered and anemia may lead to iron deficiencies. This is due to not consuming enough (or the right) food to maintain your hair growth.
Low levels of zinc, stored iron, among other necessary vitamins, can cause hair loss and poor-quality hair. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet and take in healthy amounts of iron, which you can find in animal products, as well as beans and legumes.
3. Your Grooming Habits and Makeup
Do you tweeze or wax your eyebrows? This can cause trauma to your hair follicles, resulting in permanent thinning around the area. The same goes for using harsh makeup products, especially when using it every day for extended periods without proper cleaning.
Avoid tweezing or waxing your eyebrows and use eyebrow makeup sparingly.
4. Stress and Anxiety
If you feel high levels of stress and anxiety, it may result in physiological changes. One of these changes includes reduced oxygen and fluctuating hormone levels, which may cause hair loss.
5. Skin Conditions or Illnesses
Other times, eyebrow hair loss can be caused by skin conditions or illnesses, such as:
- Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease which targets hair follicles
- Eczema, psoriasis, or contact dermatitis, which are skin conditions which may stop or interfere with hair growth
- Hansen’s disease, or leprosy, cause hair loss and lesions throughout the entire body
If you experience other symptoms besides eyebrow thinning, it’s best to consult a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.
Wrapping It Up
Thinning eyebrows can mean a lot of things, but they are fortunately treatable. With proper care and maintenance, your eyebrow hair can become fuller, as long as you know what’s causing it.
I hope I answered your question, “Why are my eyebrows so thin?” If you want to share your story on how you beat thinning eyebrows, do share it in the comments section!