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Are you harming your eyelashes?

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Eyelashes serve a subtle but important purpose. They keep bacteria and dirt out of our eyes, to prevent infection and optimise vision. But what happens when your eyelashes fall out?

Why do your eyelashes fall out?

On average you will lose around 1-3 eyelashes a day. However, there may be other factors that cause your eyelashes to fall out - some of which are avoidable.

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  • Rubbing your eyes. If you rub your eyes often or too hard, you can pull your eyelashes out.
  • Curling your eyelashes. Using an eyelash curler can put strain on the roots of your eyelashes.
  • Mascara. Mascara can be very damaging to your eyelashes. Being allergic to mascara can be one reason for eyelash loss. Additionally, mascara can cause eye infections if it is not frequently replaced.
  • Trichotillomania. This is a psychological condition that causes some people to have an urge to pull out their hair.
  • Alopecia. This disease can cause hair to fall out due to the immune system attacking hair follicles.
  • Eye disease. This can include blepharitis, which is the inflammation of the skin around the eyelashes.

What are the risks of losing your eyelashes?

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Eyelashes provide a protective barrier in front of our eyes. Like animals’ whiskers, they can also help you to realise when something may be too close to your eyes. Without eyelashes, you are far more at risk of eye infections such as conjunctivitis, pink eye and blepharitis.

How to avoid losing your eyelashes

  • Try not to wear mascara every day - give your eyelashes a break. Or at least make sure your mascara is clean and safe to use.
  • Don’t pull as you curl your lashes, and make sure you are not curling your lashes near the root.
  • Don’t rub your eyes too hard. It may be worth wiping at your eyes with a damp cloth, rather than with dry hands.

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Long-term solutions to eyelash loss

If you’re suffering from a condition that makes your eyelashes fall out, you are likely to have realised how important they are. Contact your doctor or optician if losing your eyelashes has caused frequent problems for you. You may be able to receive eyelash implants. These are much like hair implants and use hair from your head. This means they grow like head hair and need to be trimmed regularly.