Why do eyelashes stop growing as you age?

Eyelashes grow through the eye follicles. The older we get, the slower our growth process becomes. This is how your eyelashes start to thin out. If you're reading this and you're telling yourself that you're not old enough to have thinner eyelashes, there are a few other reasons why your eyelashes might be thinning.

As you age, your eyelashes may become thinner and lighter in color. They can also grow slower and fall off more easily. However, they won't necessarily be shortened. The length of the eyelashes is determined by the number of hair follicles, or hair-producing cells, in the eyelids.

The formula performs a dual function by extending the active growth phase of the eyelash hair cycle and increasing the number of lashes produced, resulting in beautiful, long and lush eyelashes. Removing false eyelashes without first using an oil-based cleanser to soften the glue also damages natural lashes. And since mascara hardens your eyelashes while you use it, sleeping with mascara also increases the risk of your eyelashes breaking and shortening. A rough treatment, such as vigorous rubbing while removing makeup, can cause eyelash loss.

On the other hand, the main change that occurs in eyelashes as you age is a decrease in the production of a protein called keratin. You'll start to see your eyelashes lengthen in 6 weeks, with optimal results visible around 16 weeks. Medical conditions such as blepharitis (mites or bacteria on the eyelash line), overactive or underactive thyroid, psoriasis, or eczema can also cause eyelash loss. Whether you want long, thick eyelashes or stop thinning, a dermatologist can help you with medications that contribute to eyelash growth.

Désirée Bruski
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