What Can You Do to Prevent Thinning Eyebrows?

Written by Dr. Griffin

Strong eyebrows are the key to defining your facial structure, accentuating the beauty of your eyes, and making your face look youthful. As you age, it’s not only your skin that goes through changes. Your eyebrows may also start to look different from how they appeared when you were in your teens and 20s. Overplucking, overuse of makeup, nutrient deficiencies, physical trauma, emotional stress, genetics, and the same hormonal changes that cause hair loss from the scalp as we age also affect our eyebrows. Losing hair on the eyebrows is also a common symptom of certain medical conditions—such as thyroid disorders, atopic dermatitis, and eczema—so you may want to set up an appointment with a doctor or dermatologist if you notice that they are sparser than normal. Surgical eyebrow restoration is what our Philadelphia-based Griffin Hair Restoration Center team often recommends for patients who want to reconstruct thin or bare eyebrows, but you can also follow these tips to stop hair loss before it starts or prevent it from becoming worse. 

Embrace a More Natural Look 

Don’t obsess over your brows too much. Try to resist the urge to pluck, wax, thread, or tweeze your eyebrows too often. When you constantly groom your eyebrows, you can do lasting damage to the hair follicles there, and you may eventually have difficulty growing thicker eyebrows. Instead of plucking them every day, try to go for a longer length of time between thinning sessions. 

Manage Emotional Stress 

Stress and anxiety are known to decrease the amount of oxygen that gets to the hair follicles, cause hormone levels in the body to become unbalanced, and prevent hair growth. Take steps to keep emotional stress under control, such as getting enough quality sleep, exercising regularly, and practicing mindfulness and meditation. 

Improve Your Diet 

Anemia or other nutrient deficiencies sometimes cause eyebrow loss in extreme situations. Try to eat a well-balanced diet and take supplements such as omega-3, biotin, and iron for better hair growth. 

For more advice on eyebrow restoration, contact The Griffin Hair Restoration Center of Philadelphia. Call (215) 561-9100 or submit a contact form to request a consultation and find out whether you would be a good candidate.