What It Really Means When You Start Losing Your Eyebrows

Thick and lush brows are very in at the moment. And while you may still be working on your optimal thickness due to years of over-plucking, we're rooting for you. Growing in your brows may take some time, but what's even more alarming is when you notice you're starting to lose your eyebrows for some seemingly unknown reason. Put down the tweezers and try not to stress. This could be the side effect of a few different conditions, or just a natural part of aging.

According to Healthline, eyebrow hair loss, clinically known as madarosis, can be the sign of an undiagnosed autoimmune condition. Psoriasis, rosacea, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism are all conditions where madarosis has been a documented side effect. The intense shedding of your eyebrow hair could also be a result of a nutrient deficiency. A lack of zinc, iron, and biotin could be the reason for both eyebrow and eyelash hair loss.

There are treatments, but it is most important to find the underlying cause

Before you load up on multivitamins or hastily book an appointment with your doctor, know that this type of hair loss could stem from natural causes as well. Board-certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Sejal Shah, tells Self that noticeably thinner eyebrows could simply be a result of aging. She explains that thinning and patchy hair is often due to aging hair follicles.

Madarosis could also be a side effect of an infection, notes Healthline. Viral, fungal, and bacterial infections can cause hair loss. Certain medications like Botox, retinoids, and androgens have also been the culprits of sudden eyebrow hair loss.

Medical News Today claims there are treatments available such as microblading or hair transplants. For a less invasive and more budget-friendly option, you can find an eyebrow pencil to help shade in the thinning areas. If you are experiencing madarosis and are concerned it may be due to an underlying condition, then book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns. Thick and lush brows may be what is currently in style, but your overall health is always on trend.