Updated: Jan 16, 2020
Everyone will experience some form of thinning of the eyebrows at some point in their lives, whether it be an isolated spot on or an all over thinning.
What Causes Eyebrow Thinning?
Aging- As we age estrogen levels decrease which slows the hair growth cycle and reduces the ability of nutrients to reach the hair follicle, resulting hair loss.
Alopecia - This is an autoimmune disorder which results in isolated patches of baldness which can occur on the scalp and the brow area.
Friction - Any friction occurring on the brow area causes loss of hair. This is a common occurrence when people always sleep on a particular side. Try to sleep on your back if you suspect this is the cause of the brow thinning.
Hypothyroidism - This condition causes hair loss in the lateral third of the brow. If you suspect you have this condition see your doctor.
Make-Up - Certain makeup such as wax based eyebrow pencils can clog the hair follicles disrupting hair growth. Eyebrow pencils can also pull out eyebrow hairs, contributing to the thinning of brows. Its best to use a powder with brush when filling in eyebrows.
Nutrient Deficiency - Deficiencies in vitamins A, B, D, E and Iron can result in thinning of brows. Addressing these deficiencies through diet changes.
Over Tweezing - If this is the case, stop tweezing and allow brows to grow out.
Skin Conditions - Eczema causes dry flaky patches which can occur in the brow area and prevents hair growth.
Healthy Options to Increase Hair Growth:
The best way to increase eyebrow hair growth is to address the cause of thinning (if possible). In addition, daily light massage with one of the oils listed below will help stimulate the hair follicles to increase brow growth.
Cranberry Seed Oil (best option)
Castor Oil with Rosemary Essential Oil and Vitamin E