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How are you harming your eyelashes?

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

Risks of Eyelash Loss

Conjunctivitis eyeEyelashes serve as a protective barrier in front of the eyes. Like animal’s whiskers, they can also help you 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
  • Blepharitis

Why do 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.

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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 the eyes. Being allergic to mascara can be one reason for eyelash loss. Additionally, mascara can cause eye infections if not kept clean.Mascara bottle
  • Trichotillomania. This is a psychological condition that causes some people 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.


How to avoid losing your eyelashes

Quick Fixes

  • 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. Make sure you are not curling your lashes right 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. This can ease the pressure you are putting on your eyelashes.

Long-Term Solutions

If you are suffering from a condition that makes your eyelashes fall out, you are likely to have realised how important they are. It is worth consulting 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.