Madarosis: loss of eyelashes and eyebrows
Long, thick lashes are what most girls want. But for people suffering from madarosis, this is not so easy to achieve. In my article I will tell you what kind of ailment it is, and how to stop the loss of eyelashes and eyebrows.
We are accustomed to taking our physical data for granted. Here we have hair, but here we have nails, but here we have teeth, and so on. But sometimes, our body begins to present us with surprises for which we are usually not ready. Such as, for example, baldness of the eyelashes or eyebrows. Of course, this is not a very common phenomenon, but, unfortunately, this happens. And this negative factor has a name - madarosis. But what is it caused by? And are there any symptoms due to which we can prevent it? This is what we'll talk about today!
What is Madarosis?
Madarosis is the medical term for loss of eyelashes or eyebrows. It might be:
- Single sided or double sided
- Incomplete or complete
- Non-scarring or scarring, or one that causes scarring.
In madarosis, which does not leave scars, the follicular structures are preserved and potentially reversible. That is, you can very well count on the fact that over time, eyelashes and eyebrows will grow again. If madarosis provoked scarring, then most likely the matter is deep inflammation and fibrosis, and this will most likely lead to irreversible loss of eyelashes and eyebrows.
Causes of Madarosis
Before you decide that you are suffering from madarosis, you should know that the hair on the head, eyelashes and eyebrows falls out regularly and is renewed naturally, and this is absolutely normal. In the case of madarosis, however, there is profuse hair loss—some people are left with no eyelashes or eyebrows at all. As it turns out, there are various reasons for this phenomenon, the main of which are:
1. Blepharitis. One of the main causes of madarosis is blepharitis, an inflammation of the eyelids. This inflammation can be caused by a variety of infections (eg, staph, leprosy, parasitic, viral, or fungal infections), trauma, and allergies. In some chronic cases, eyelashes or eyebrows are lost when a person keeps rubbing their eyes or brow ridges due to the constant irritation they experience.
2. Trichotillomania. There is a mental disorder called trichotillomania that causes a person to pull out body hair, including eyelashes and eyebrows.
3. Autoimmune diseases. There are several diseases that can cause madarosis. Alopecia totalis is an autoimmune disease that causes all body hair to fall out. Scleroderma and lupus are also dangerous diseases in which madarosis is a symptom.
4. Neoplasms of the eyelids. Growths along the eyelids, such as cysts, bumps, tumors, or inflammation, can lead to eyelash loss.
5. Poisoning. Severe intoxication of the body negatively affects the condition of eyelashes and eyebrows, and can cause it to fall out.
6. Thyroid problems. Thyroid disorders can also cause hair loss of eyelashes and eyebrows.
7. The use of drugs. There are a number of medications and medical procedures that can cause hair loss as a side effect. Unfortunately, this also applies to eyebrows with eyelashes. The most striking example of such a side effect is hair loss during a course of chemotherapy for cancer patients.
Now that you have a better understanding of the causes of madarosis, you may want to learn more about its symptoms in order to determine the likelihood of the disease in the initial stages.
The main symptom of madarosis is exactly what you think - your eyelashes and/or eyebrows are falling out. However, there are several other symptoms that often accompany madarosis. Before the eyelashes or eyebrows fall out, you may notice that the hairs have become thinner and more brittle. You may also find that when applying makeup, such as mascara, the lashes will easily pull out. But still, do not panic if you see a couple of eyelashes on the mascara brush, as I wrote above - eyelashes tend to renew itself. :)
As you already understood, there are many factors that can cause the loss of precious eyelashes and eyebrows, and determining how to treat this condition can be a difficult task, because there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. If you notice that your eyelashes or eyebrows are falling out more than usual, it's time to see a doctor. Most likely, this means that some other physiological process has failed. Your doctor can help you find the cause of your hair loss and come up with a treatment plan based on the test results.
Makeup for Madarosis
In the process of treating the causes of madarosis, you can use certain makeup techniques to divert attention from problem areas. Do not disdain tuft eyelashes, it will help you create the desired volume in places where eyelashes are lost.
Eyeliner can also help define your eyes and draw attention away from missing lashes. True, it is worth giving preference to exclusively persistent means. False eyelashes are an excellent solution for those who have lost a large number of eyelashes, and bunches will not help here. But if the cause of eyelash loss is an allergy, you should be extremely careful in choosing eyelash glue.
With eyebrows, everything is much simpler, a good pencil, microblading or an eyebrow wig will easily restore your former self-confidence!
Most importantly, do not ignore the alarm bells of your body. After all, beauty starts from within! Be healthy and beautiful! :)