What Causes Eyebrow Hair Loss (and What You Can You Do About It)

January 5, 2020

Eyebrow hair loss can leave your face looking less than its best. Treatments are available to bring your brows back to a thick, full, and bold state. At Eternal Hair and Esthetics, in Totowa, New Jersey, our expert care team treats male and female patients who are struggling with hair loss, including eyebrow hair loss, patchiness, or thinning.

What causes eyebrow hair loss?

Many factors can come into play when it comes to the health and fullness of your eyebrow hair.

If your brows are thinning, you may have an infection or an over-responsive immune system. The autoimmune disease alopecia areata often leads to diminished brows, and frontal fibrosing alopecia can lead to balding and scarring of the scalp as well as eyebrow loss.

Your hair follicles can react to irritation by ceasing hair growth. If your eyebrows have been overplucked, your hair may have stopped growing in as fully as it used to. Harsh makeup and skin conditions like eczema (atopic dermatitis), psoriasis, and contact dermatitis can also damage your hair growth, as your hair follicles become blocked or your skin suffers from inflammation.

Nutritional deficiencies and other dietary issues are another potential cause of eyebrow thinning. For your hair to grow in thick and full, aim to consume a balanced diet rich in nutrients like:

  • Zinc
  • Vitamins A, C, E, B-12, and D
  • Iron

Omega-3 fatty acids, often found in fish, are another nutrient that can help revitalize your hair growth.

Hormone issues can also contribute to eyebrow thinning. If your thyroid isn't producing the right amounts of your hormones, the resulting imbalance often causes hair loss. Thyroid problems also typically present with symptoms like weight gain or loss, fatigue, or heart palpitations.

What can you do to reverse eyebrow thinning?

Once you've identified the cause of your diminished brows or other hair, our care team can confirm your diagnosis and guide you to the treatment that's right for you. Some of your options include:

  • Minoxidil (Rogaine), an over-the-counter topical medication that rebalances hormones to promote hair growth
  • Bimatoprost 0.03%, a topical, FDA-approved medication to support eyelash regrowth
  • Corticosteroids, creams or ointments containing steroids, to treat alopecia areata, eczema, dermatitis, or psoriasis
  • Hormone therapies to stimulate your thyroid, or increase your levels of estrogen or testosterone
  • Home remedies like castor oil
  • Nutritional supplements containing antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and omega-6 fatty acids

While many of these treatments aim to naturally regrow your hair, we can also perform transplant procedures to fill in sparse areas.

Our team at Eternal Hair and Esthetics can diagnose your hair thinning problems and get you started with treatments to have you back to looking your best. We use a combination of cutting-edge technology, aesthetic artistry, and medical experience to address a variety of hair loss issues. To schedule your appointment, call our office today, or conveniently book online.

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825 Riverview Drive
Floor 2
Totowa, NJ 07512