Sometimes, beauty accidents happen, such as accidentally pulling out an eyelash. Or maybe we just naturally lose a few lashes, like we lose a few strands of hair every day. We might wonder: do eyelashes grow back if pulled out? And if so, how quickly?
Any hair growth will take time, but rest assured that eyelashes do grow back if pulled out. However, we need to explore what could have pulled out those pretty lashes and whether anything can help speed up the growth process.
Why Do Eyelashes Fall Out?
Eyelashes can fall out, or you can pull them out. Either way, there are several reasons why we lose eyelashes.
More and more women use fake lashes to extend their eyelashes. However, they are glued close to the natural lash line, and can sometimes pull hairs out when removed. Sometimes, they might damage the eyelid skin.
The same way our skin might break out when we’re stressed, hair falls out too when we’re a little extra anxious.
It doesn’t happen often, but eyelashes might get singed. Eyelashes can grow back even after getting burned off, as long as there is no lasting damage to the hair follicle.
Medical treatments for cancer, including chemotherapy, can cause hair loss. While not all chemotherapy treatments cause hair loss, in most cases, the hair will only begin to grow back when you stop chemotherapy treatment. Depending on the person, the lashes may grow back even thicker or sparser than before.
Thyroid Conditions Or Autoimmune Disease
If the thyroid gland produces too many or too few thyroid hormones, this may affect hair growth, including eyelashes. Getting treatment for this condition is the first step to treatment.
Similarly, an autoimmune disease called Alopecia areata causes the immune system to attack hair follicles all over the body. While medications can reduce symptoms of this condition, there is no thorough cure for it.
Trichotillomania (Pulling Out)
Some people have trichotillomania, a psychological condition where you feel the impulse to pull out body hair, including eyelashes. Often, it’s a result of stress that you don’t consciously realize you are doing. Unlike burned or cut eyelashes, pulled-out eyelashes may take several weeks to grow back.
Keep in mind that continuing to pull a hair from its follicle will eventually damage the follicle, and hair may never grow from there again.
Blepharitis happens when the oil glands on your eyelids become swollen and red. Although it is a harmless condition that usually comes with allergies or other benign skin conditions, it can affect eyelash growth.
How Long Does It Take For Lashes To Grow Back?
Depending on what caused the lashes to come out, it could take anywhere from 2-16 weeks to grow back. As long as there is no long-lasting damage to the eyelid or the hair follicles, there should be no growth problems.
Ways To Prevent Or Slow Down Eyelash Loss
Whether we lose eyelashes through accident or because of an unconscious impulse, it is within our power to grow them back or not lose them as much.
Reduce Eyelash Curler And Fake Eyelash Use
Eyelash curlers already require careful use, but you might reduce eyelash loss by cutting down on this tool. Sometimes, using them the wrong way can tug on lashes, or worse yet, cut them. Clamping down on them creates pressure that weakens the lashes, promoting breakage.
While it is fun to wear fake eyelashes on occasion, the consistent application of glue and peeling the lashes from your lash line can take a toll on your eyelid. The glue can also irritate your skin if used in excess.
Wipe Off Make-up
Leaving on mascara can dry out your eyelashes over time, so it’s a good idea to remove it with a makeup wipe or gentle soap before going to bed. You might even consider trying a new mascara.
Yes, it’s cliche advice, but it applies to eyelash growth too. Consuming specific vitamins, namely protein, Vitamins B, C, and D, and zinc can contribute to hair growth. If you suffer from a nutritional deficiency, you can easily supplement these vitamins in your diet.
Don’t Harshly Rub Your Eyes
It’s perfectly okay to rub your eyes now and then (provided your hands are clean), but doing so too much, too hard, can irritate your eyelid and rub off some of your lashes. Your eyes might be irritated from using too much eyelash glue.
If you rub your eyes a lot, try taking a cold cloth and gently pressing it against your eyes. When removing makeup, wipe side-to-side as gently as you can. As long as your lid and hair follicles remain healthy, there is hope for growing lost eyelashes.
What Remedies Can Help With Eyelash Growth?
While there are some home remedies for eyelash growth, scientific research and evidence have been sparse in proving their effectiveness. You might be better off waiting for the lashes to grow back, or you can find a serum to stimulate your hair follicles.
Homemade or Professional Serums
One popular homemade serum for lash growth made of honey and castor oil might help. If you want something a little more professional though, other eyelash serums have a dash of Vitamin E and biotin to help with the growth. When you use lash serum, gently apply it every day to your lash line to stimulate the hair follicles.
Again, there’s not a lot of evidence about whether coconut oil promotes hair growth. However, it might help to at least condition your lashes, which coconut oil does well.
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself, “do eyelashes grow back if pulled out?” You’re not alone, but they will grow back over time.
Whether your eyelashes will grow back depends on what caused the hair loss in the first place. Time or certain serums can help with growth. If a burn or other trauma damaged the hair follicles, then hair growth might be much slower or even impossible. Still, eyelashes do grow back if pulled out, so no worries there.