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Q: I am 56 years old woman. I am going through the eyelash loss these days. I am researching on the fact whether it is normal for our eyelash thin as we age? do eyelashes thin with age? And, what are the different precautions we should take care of?
Expert Answer

Do eyelashes thin as you get older? It is extremely normal. This happens for different reasons. One reason would be the different hormonal changes our bodies are going through which is completely normal. The drop in certain hormones will slow or even halt the production of eyelashes.

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Our Eyelashes Get Thin As We Aged

Another reason would be the fact that the skin starts to get a little dryer as we get older. When old and dry is mixed in a sentence, one word always pops into women's minds and that is wrinkles.

However it is not only wrinkles that you should look out for, your eyelashes will lose the ability to retain moisture. Dry eyelashes lead to damaged eyelashes.

But as was mentioned, this is all part of the aging process so there is really no need to be alarmed. In a survey of 1,193 women between the ages of 35 to 60 years old, it was found that a whopping 80% of these women have seen a drastic change in their eye area and their eyelash area as they got older.

Other Reasons for Eyelash Thinning

Scrubbing or Rubbing Eyelashes too Hard:

Rubbing Eyelashes too Hard

Rubbing Eyelashes too Hard

The number one rule when it comes to rubbing your lashes is, NOT TO RUB YOUR EYELASHES. This is a very delicate area.

Rubbing your eyelashes will cause them to fall off prematurely (they will naturally fall off sooner or later) and this means that growing them back will take longer than normal. If you just have to rub your eyes then just be gentle in doing so and always remember to keep your hands clean.


Some people are genetically predisposed to shed hair a lot. This goes hand in hand with baldness. In women this is called androgenetic alopecia. About 30 million women in America suffer from this condition. According to Pamela Jakuboqicz, a dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, you can be easily affected by this condition if your mother's side of the family also suffers from this. In cases like this it is best to consult with your dermatologist on yor preferred course of action.

Medical Conditions:

There are certain conditions such as illnesses relating to the thyroid and other immune issues that also affect your eyelashes. Also, in medical treatments such as chemotherapy the eyelashes can become weak and start to fall off. For these reasons, it is always best to have yourself checked out in cases of eyelash thinning with age since there could be a more serious reason for the breakage of your lashes.

The best thing to do is to let your body heal itself. Eating food that encourages the growth of healthy lashes will also speed up the regrowth process of your eyelashes.




Certain precautionary measure can be taken when you are younger to ensure that you will have long, lush, voluminous eyelashes for a longer period of time. The best time to start applying these tips is right now!


A diet that is rich in Vitamins H, E, C and B6 and even taking supplements of these vitamins will not only encourage the growth of your eyelashes but these also maintain the health of your current set of lashes. These vitamins alleviate the chances of dry and brittle lashes.


Conditioning your eyelashes with castor oil, coconut oil or petroleum jelly at least two times a week will rehydrate your lashes and will keep them healthy and strong. Just leave them overnight and rinse them off in the morning. You should be careful not to place these conditioners on the roots of the eyelashes as this could cause eye puffiness the next day.


Using organic and hypoallergenic makeup is encouraged because they cause less damage to your eyelashes as compared to those that aren't. But if cannot, for the life of you, stay away from waterproof mascara and eyelash curlers, just always be careful not to head to bed without removing them first and always be gentle in handling your lashes. Never tug or pull too hard.

Possible Options

Possible Options

Possible Options

Although the aging process is inevitable, our technology nowadays offers so many options to keep you looking 10 years younger.

Cosmetic Products and Lash-Boosting Serums:

These products are readily available at any department store. They contain vitamins and moisturizers that rehydrate the lashes and keep them healthy and strong.

False Eyelashes:

False eyelashes are artificial or natural strips of hair that are glued to your eyelash area to make it look like you have thicker and fuller eyelashes. It is important to know what kind of fake eyelashes look the most naConclusiontural on you. Round eyes, hooded eyes and almond eyes are accentuated by different types of eyelashes.

Speak With your Dermatologist:

If the eyelashes thin with age is starting to concern you, then it is best to pay a visit to your dermatologist. Your dermatologist will know which tests to have you take and which treatment will best suit you.

Eyelash Transplants:

Eyelash transplants are normally only used in more severe cases. This entails transferring a scalp follicle to your eyelash area.

Eyelash Enhancers:

Eyelash enhancers such as MaxoLash encourage the growth of healthy eyelashes and protect these lashes by keeping them safe from environmental risks.

You can also use this with makeup. With ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycoproteins and provitamin B5, MaxoLash not only encourages the growth of new lashes but rehydrates and strengthens your own eyelashes keeping them from becoming brittle and dry.


Although eyelash thinning is something that most women dread, it is good to know that there are measures that you can take that can avoid this from happening. Not only that, but technology nowadays gives you so many options to choose from if and ever you would need fuller and younger looking lashes.

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[1] Wrinkles
[2] Androgenetic Alopecia

Donna Fisher

Donna is an award-winning health, wellness, and beauty writer based in Texas. She has also published eBooks and edited several other