7 Reasons You Might Have Thinning Eyelashes

If you’ve got thinning lashes, you’re definitely not alone. In fact, so many people experience this issue that there’s an entire industry built around getting thicker and longer lashes. It happens: people start to see their eyelashes spontaneously thin and fall out, and gradually over time, they start to dislike what they see.

So why do we get thinning eyelashes? What causes them to fall out? Keep reading to find out.

Being Careless

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We’ve written before about how sleeping with makeup on is bad for you.

Too often, women will go out with makeup on and forget to take it off before going to sleep. Whether it’s because of laziness, too many cosmopolitans, or simply forgetting, it’s harmful to your skin—and one of the causes of thinning eyelashes.

Sleeping with your mascara on can cause your eyelashes to become brittle and very fragile. As a result, your eyelashes will start to fall out over time, leaving you with thin lashes.

We know it’s a pain to remove your makeup every time to go to sleep, but trust us, it will save you money and your skin and eyelashes in the long run.

Alopecia Areata

You may be suffering from what is more commonly known as alopecia. This is a disorder in the immune system which can cause hair loss all over the body, or sometimes in specific areas.

You may be suffering from alopecia that has attacked your eyelashes, causing them to thin and fall out. This can leave you with bare eyelids.


Unfortunately, many people may simply suffer from what is known as hypotrichosis. This is a condition that can start from birth, or it can be brought on later in life where the individual simply doesn’t have enough hair on either their head or their body.

Those suffering from hypotrichosis often complain about having thinning eyelashes, and as a result they often get “falsies” or fake eyelashes.


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If you’ve ever known someone who impulsively and repetitively pulls out their hair, they may be suffering from trichotillomania.

This is a repetitive behavior in which the person lacks the control of their impulses and pulls out hair most commonly from their scalp, eyebrows, and eyelids.


Oftentimes, people may suffer from thinning eyelashes as a result of medication that they may be taking.

If your doctor has recently prescribed you with a new medication, they may have mentioned that thinning hair and eyelashes may be a side effect. This is especially true of those going through chemotherapy.

Thyroid Issues

Having an under-active thyroid can cause your eyebrows and eyelashes to become thin and brittle, ultimately leading to loss of that hair.


And, of course, you may simply be suffering from natural hair loss in your eyelashes due to Father Time. As we get older, our hair follicles age with us. This can cause thinning hair on our scalps and other places, including eyelashes.

Latisse: A Possible Treatment For Your Thinning Eyelashes

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If you’re experiencing or have experienced thinning eyelashes, chances are you’ve probably tried a variety of solutions to give your eyelashes a thicker, fuller look.

Usually people suffering from thinning eyelashes try false eyelashes, but unfortunately with those, they’re extremely temporary. You’ll have to put more of them on just a short period of time later.

At Pure Touch Skin Center, we’re excited to offer our clients with thinning eyelashes Latisse eyelash growth enhancer. It’s the only FDA-approved prescription eyelash growth solution that can provide permanently-fuller eyelashes.

Our onsite physician’s assistants can assess you to see if Latisse is right for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more!