Why Do Eyelashes Grow in and Fall Out Since Chemotherapy?

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The eyelashes just like any other part of the body, suffer from disorders that attack its health and weakens it, impeding it from doing any of its functions such as the prevention of dirt, dust, sweat and debris from getting into your eyes. When it comes to different illnesses or disorders that run the risk of weakening any part of our body, the first thing to do is to find ways to prevent it. The first step in prevention is awareness of these illnesses. However, in certain distinct situations such as in tumors, it isn’t really the illness per se that causes the eyelash fall out but the treatment that comes with it.

Does Everyone Lose* Their Eyelashes During Chemotherapy?

Eyelashes Grow in and Fall Out

Tumors are usually remedied by chemotherapy. Although most people have different reactions to chemotherapy, a common side effect of this treatment is hair loss. This applies to hair located in different parts of your body which includes the eyelashes, although this is not as common. A lot of chemotherapy patients complain that their eyelashes go through the process of loss and regrowth in repetitive cycles during the course of their treatment. In these situations the only thing you can do is to wait for your body to naturally restore itself after your treatment.

What Can You do to Cure* This Problem?

The plain and simple answer to this question is that there really isn’t any cure* for eyelash loss during chemo. What most patients do is to sit tight and wait for the treatment to run its course.

Although lashes do naturally fall out, they also naturally grow back. Eyelashes go through three stages of growth. Sadly, the average eyelash cannot make it until the last phase because of factors such as makeup or aging. When you are taking proper care of your lashes, they will grow to their potential thickness and length and they are able to finish all 3 stages of their 3 phase cycle. However, in chemotherapy patients, the lashes fall off pre maturely as a side effect of the treatment. This does not mean to say however that you are all out of options.

What You do to Fill in your Sparse Lashes During This?

A lot of people recommend using false eyelashes in these situations. It is however highly recommended that you approach your doctor about this first. There are companies that make false eyelashes especially for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Another solution would be to eat right and continue taking food that is needed by your body to have healthy eyelashes. Conditioning your eyelashes may also alleviate* this problem since it rehydrates your dry and brittle eyelashes. Also, being gentle when applying and removing* makeup can do a world of wonders to your eyelash health.
Conditioning your lashes using castor oil, coconut oil, petroleum jelly or any eyelash conditioner will help this situation because by rehydrating the damaged lashes, the eyelashes are slowly restored to their old healthy form. This can be done by using a clean mascara wand or by simply using your clean hands to gently apply these conditioners to the lashes (careful not to apply any on the roots of the lashes) before going to sleep and removing* them in the morning. You will have fuller and healthier lashes in no time!

What Can You do for Eyelash Regrowth After Chemotherapy?

The solution would be to eat right and continue taking food that is needed by your body to have healthy eyelashes. Conditioning your eyelashes may also alleviate* this problem since it rehydrates your dry and brittle eyelashes. Changing your makeup will also get rid of the problem if it is found that you’re having an allergic reaction to it. Also, being gentle when applying and removing* makeup can do a world of wonders to your eyelash health.

If you’re really interested in a cosmetic product that will help with your eyelash problem then eyelash enhancers are just the stuff you are looking for! The makers of these eyelash growth products have been researching for years to identify the factors that limit the growth of our lashes and have taken the liberty of finding ways to counter hormones and conditions that limit the growth of our precious lashes.

Eyelash enhancers work around either of the two ways: One, by making sure that the eyelash follicles’ growth phase lasts long enough to produce* gorgeous lashes. Two, by strengthening the hair itself to prevent premature breakage or falling off of the hair. Most formulations available in the market will contain a variety of hormones, nutrients and other ingredients that will either lengthen the follicles’ growth phase, provide adequate nutrients to the hair itself or both

Is it True that Eyelashes Sometimes Fall Out During Chemotherapy?

Yes. It is true that eyelashes will fall out during chemotherapy. This does not mean however that you are without options. Taking care of your eyelashes during and after the operation will have them back in no time!

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