Simple Tips and Tricks to Deal with Thinning Eyebrows

thinning eyebrowsEyebrows define the contours of our face adding an attractive charm.  However, the thickness and shape of eyebrows differ in every individual.  Nonetheless, when there is a marked reduction in the thickness of the eyebrows it is definitely a cause of concern. Thinning eyebrows, nevertheless, is a problem, which afflicts most of us today.  This proves detrimental as it has psychological impact of creating a low self esteem, due to lack of physical appeal.  Then why does this arise and is it reversible?  In this article, let us discuss a few common factors responsible for thinning eyebrows along with tips and tricks to help overcome this cosmetic problem.



Medically identified as Superciliary Madarosis, the word madaros derived from the Greek word literally means bald.  This describes a condition for eyebrows without hair or with few hairs.  However, depending upon the cause, a sudden drop in the thickness could be either permanent or temporary.


Causes of Thinning Eyebrows
  • Frequent tweezing or plucking of eyebrows
  • Deficiencies in vital nutrients like Vitamins D, E, A, B vitamins, iron and L-lysine
  • Low or inactive thyroid glands known as Hyperthyroidism cause thinning of eyebrows at the sides, popularly known as signs of Hertoghe or Queen Anne’s symptom.
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Alopecia Areata, vitiligo and Lupus Erythematosus
  • Atopic Dermatitis known commonly as eczema, a condition which aggravates with cosmetic use especially for people with sensitive skin
  • Common skin disease such as contact dermatitis, seborrhoea and psoriasis too cause hair loss on the brows.
  • Leprosy or Hansen’s disease as it is commonly known is a condition caused by mycobacterium leprae bacterium that causes loss of eyebrow hair.
  • Chemotherapy drugs that include vincristene, taxol, ifosfamide, etoposide, cyclophosphamide, carboplatin and adriamycin cause hair loss on the face including eyebrows.
  • Ageing factors that result in decreased estrogen levels with increased risk of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), curtail the growth cycle leading to loss of eyebrows.
  • Certain hypertensive drugs such as Captopril, Atenolol, Clonidine and Propranolol
  • Antidepressants such as Doxepin, Amitriptylene, Lithium, Haldol and Prozac
  • Medications for seizures like Phenobarbital, Valproic Acid and Phenytoin


Tips and Tricks to Prevent Loss of Eyebrow

There are many easy ways to prevent losing hair from eyebrows.  Here are a few tips to prevent eyebrow hair loss

Avoid Plucking Of Brows

Eyebrow Plucking

Over or frequent plucking of eyebrows stops hair growth.  According to aestheticians, removing hair in the same place for years might curtail the growth cycle with less chances of regrowth.  Therefore, it is imperative to go easy on plucking giving them a chance to grow.


Balanced Nutritive Diet

Take a complete balanced diet with essential nutrients in the form of vitamins D, E, A, and B3, to stimulate hair growth.  Besides these, foods rich in iron, proteins, folic acid helps promote hair growth.

Healthy Food


Treat Medical/Skin Conditions

Take appropriate tests to rule out medical and skin conditions, with the help of a physician.


Simple Cosmetic Solutions

For a more natural look, a gentle curved stroke with an eyebrow pencil, in the direction of hair growth, helps camouflage loss of eyebrow.  Having front bangs or having a hairstyle that covers the forehead also helps.  Stimulate hair growth using an eyebrow brush, with gentle upward strokes to prevent damage.  Another most widely popular option is to go in for hair transplant, which proves beneficial.  It takes three to six months time for regrowth of transplanted hair.


Home Remedies for Loss of Eyebrows

Covering the eyebrows overnight with warm olive/ coconut/almond or castor oil helps boost hair growth. Other options include rubbing coconut milk, fenugreek paste or fresh onion juice to combat thinning eyebrows.