Eyebrow Hair Loss

Eyebrow Hair Loss: Reasons and Treatment for Falling Brows

Are you experiencing hair loss and thinning eyebrows? Don't let it destroy your confidence and affect your ability to communicate expressions. Let's look at the causes of eyebrow hair loss and solutions for regaining fuller, healthier brows.

Many things can cause the loss of eyebrow hair, from hormonal fluctuations to autoimmune conditions to chemotherapy. We recommend consulting a medical practitioner to determine the cause of your eyebrow hair loss. While you are seeking a solution, our temporary eyebrow tattoos will provide relief.

Eyebrow Hair Loss: Causes

Eyebrow Hair Loss

Thinning brows can result from many causes. Here are some of the most common. 

Nutrient Deficiencies

Eyebrow loss can result from deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E, as well as the following: 

  • B-complex
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Amino acid L-lysine

Because hair growth is not essential, your body will divert nutrients from your follicles to other organs in case of deficiencies.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease (your immune system mistakenly attacks your own cells). Skin cells multiply, creating thickened, painful, scaly patches that block hair follicles.

Alopecia Areata

Another autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata, results in your immune system attacking follicles, preventing hair growth. FMT is being investigated as a possible cure.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact with certain chemicals can result in skin irritation (dermatitis), affecting your brow follicles.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Skin conditions, such as seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema), cause eyebrow hair loss and itching, inflammation, and flaking skin.

Tinea Capitis (Ringworm)

Tinea capitis (ringworm) causes fungal infection eyebrow hair loss you can treat with a topical fungicide.

Thyroid Issues (Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism)

Thyroid malfunction can cause hair loss. In hypothyroidism, your thyroid is underactive, and you gain weight, feel cold, and have no energy. Hyperthyroidism, caused by an overactive thyroid, leaves you skinny, hyperactive, and nervous.

Hansen's Disease

Hansen's disease, a bacterial disease also known as leprosy, causes numbness, weakness, sores, and hair loss all over the body. It is uncommon in the US.

Stress and Anxiety

Stress and Anxiety

Whether physical or emotional, stressors cause our bodies to produce the stress hormone cortisol, initiating an outpouring of adrenaline to help us avoid danger. Spikes in cortisol cause non-essential functions such as hair growth to shut down, so if you regularly get stressed, you will experience hair thinning.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Decreases in estrogen levels during pregnancy cause many moms to experience hair loss, including from their brows. This loss peaks about four months after childbirth and is temporary.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is dramatic but temporary hair loss due to stress or hormonal changes.


Aging commonly causes thinning brows because hormone levels decline, or your body is less sensitive to hormones. Lower hormones impact follicles, resulting in sparser growth.

Persistent Plucking or Overuse of Makeup Products

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makeup products


Habitual aggressive plucking or overusing makeup products containing harsh chemicals damages the follicles, resulting in growth shutting down.


Chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer are well-known causes of hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere. Valproic acid (for epilepsy and bipolar disorder), Niacin (vitamin B3), Retinol (vitamin A), and thallium (a radioactive element) also result in thinning hair.

Eyebrow Hair Loss: Treatments

The treatment of brow thinning depends on the cause.

Medication Therapy

You must apply these medications daily for several months before noticing an effect, and relief is generally temporary.

  • Corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are hormones that suppress inflammation and immune responses; they effectively treat alopecia areata, eczema, and psoriasis of the brows.
  • Minoxidil. Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is an over-the-counter medication developed to prevent scalp hair loss by mediating hormones.
  • Bimatoprost. Bimatoprost, also known as Latisse, is a prescription medication originally intended to prevent thinning eyelashes.
  • Anthralin. Anthralin is a topical psoriasis treatment and is also effective for alopecia areata.

Eyebrow Transplant

An eyebrow transplant is a minor surgical procedure done under local anesthesia. The hair surgeon transfers follicles from your scalp to your eyebrows. This can be a relatively expensive procedure. 

Natural Treatments and Therapies

Several natural treatments and therapies are used to regrow lost eyebrow hair; these include applying coconut, olive, or castor oil. Some swear by aloe vera sap, and others by raw onion juice.

Psychological Therapy

People experiencing eyebrow hair loss commonly suffer psychological effects, including embarrassment, jealousy, anxiety, and depression. Psychological counseling can help sufferers deal with their condition. It can also help those whose hair loss stems from stress or anxiety to curb it by enabling them to handle stressors better.

How To Prevent Eyebrow Hair Loss?

To prevent thinning brows, we recommend that you don't pluck aggressively, minimize your use of hair products, and try to avoid sunburn while getting enough sunshine to make vitamin D. 

Ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet to obtain sufficient quantities of all essential nutrients, and strive to build your resiliency to stressors so that your hormone balance and immune function are optimal.

We recommend applying coconut oil or olive oil to your brows as an eyebrow hair loss home remedy. See how to grow eyebrows back for home remedies that work just as well.

When Should You Visit a Doctor?

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If you know that your thinning eyebrows result from over-eager plucking or waxing, reduce your grooming. Visit a dermatologist if you notice patchiness or loss from one brow only or if eyebrow hair loss and itching, redness, or flaking skin occur together. 


What deficiency causes eyebrow loss?

Eyebrow loss can be caused by deficiencies in vitamins A, D, E, and B-complex, zinc, selenium, calcium, iron, or the amino acid L-lysine. 

Eat carrots (for vitamin A), egg yolks, and liver (for vitamin D, selenium, and some B vitamins), nuts or leafy greens (for vitamin E), seafood and mushrooms (for zinc), Brazil nuts (for selenium), leafy greens (for calcium and other B vitamins), and fish, red meat, or legumes (for iron and L-lysine).

Alternatively, use high-quality nutritional supplements.

Can eyebrow hair loss grow back?

Where nutritional deficiencies, skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, or chemotherapy are the cause, your eyebrow hairs can grow back. Adjustments to your lifestyle or various medications can help your brows recover. However, if the loss is due to thyroid dysfunction, regrowth usually doesn't occur.

How do I fix my eyebrow hair loss?

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To fix your eyebrow hair loss, you must establish the cause. You might know that aggressive grooming, nutritional deficiencies, or stress are responsible. However, if you have other symptoms that indicate more serious underlying health issues, we recommend you seek a medical practitioner. 

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Is eyebrow hair loss serious?

Brow thinning isn't the most serious problem you could face. However, it can affect your expressions and confidence, not to mention sweat in your eyes. In some cases, it can be an indicator of another health condition that requires medical attention.

Wrap Up

Eyebrow hair loss can affect your expression and confidence and can be caused by many things. Some causes are easily addressed, but others are serious medical conditions that require treatment from a medical practitioner.

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