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How to Grow Eyelashes Back Quickly

Your eyes have about 90 to 160 eyelashes on each lower lid and 75 to 80 on each upper eyelid, and overall you lose about one to five lashes a day. Eyelashes grow fast, reaching their full length in five to 11 months. Eyelashes will lengthen by 0.12 to 0.15 mm per day at each cycle. But in some cases, some factors such as underlying health conditions can slow down the regrowth process.

Reasons Eyelashes Fall Out

Eyelashes fall out for several reasons, such as underlying autoimmune diseases like alopecia, which damages the eyelash follicles. Thyroid disorders such as enlarged thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) can also cause eyelash loss. 

Other possible causes of rapid loss of eyelashes

  • Beauty procedures and products: Eyelash curlers, makeup and lash extensions. 
  • Trichotillomania: This is a disorder that causes you to remove eyelashes when stressed out. 
  • Cancer: Skin cancer can have lash loss as a symptom.

Tips to Regrow Eyelashes Faster

Among the products that can help regrow your eyelashes: 

  • Latisse
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Lash growth serum
  • Regular cleaning
  • Home remedies

Latisse

Dermatologists typically use the Latisse drug (bimatoprost) to grow thick eyelashes. The FDA also approves it for treating decreased eyelash growth. Apply the medication once a night using a disposable applicator.

Latisse is a prescription drug, so you will only buy it after having your eyes checked by a doctor. You can’t also buy it directly online — you have to fill out a medical questionnaire online. 

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Vitamin Supplements

You can also supplement your eyelashes with vitamins to encourage growth and strengthen them. Some of the best supplements you can use include:

  • Vitamin A: They help reduce eyelash breakage by making your bodies produce oils that moisturize them. 
  • Biotin: This is a critical vitamin responsible for keratin production, a component used to form hair and nails. 
  • Vitamin E: It protects the hair cells of the eyelashes from the highly reactive oxygen, which causes cell injury leading to their death. 

You can get these vitamins from e-commerce sites such as Amazon. Some hair products also come with the vitamins already added to them.

Lash Growth Serum

These will make your eyelashes grow longer and fuller; there’s even a choice of an FDA-approved growth serum. There’s a mascara with a serum infused in it containing red clover and peptides. 

Regular Cleaning

Just like the scalp, eyelashes do face gunk buildup with repeated use of makeup and lashes glue. Clean eyelashes regularly and lightly massage using a cleanser. 

Home Remedies

Although not backed by scientific evidence, some people have reported natural remedies have helped increase the thickness and made their eyelashes appear longer. These include:

  • Castor oil 
  • Coconut oils
  • Olive oils 
  • Aloe vera
  • Green tea taken twice a day 
  • Massaging

Green tea contains a component called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which helps increase hair growth

FAQs

Do eyelashes grow back if pulled out? 

Eyelashes will grow back in about six weeks after you pull them out. It takes this long because pulling disrupts the regrowth cycle, slowing down the replacement process.

How can I grow my eyelashes back naturally? 

Multiple remedies exist for growing back eyelashes. Many people use home remedies such as castor oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. Mixing the oils and applying them to the lashes helps thicken them and makes them appear longer.

How long does it take to grow back eyelashes?

Your eyelashes will shed and regrow in a cyclic process that takes six to 10 weeks. They grow fully by going through three phases, where the growth phase (anagen) is the first phase, and the other phases include the resting phase (telogen) and degradation phase (catagen). 

References

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  2. Enhanced Eyelashes: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Options. (August 2010). Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

  3. Enhanced Eyelashes: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Options. (August 2010). Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

  4. What is alopecia areata, and how is it managed? (April 2022). Harvard Medical School.

  5. Eyelash loss is associated with hyperthyroidism. (May 2002). National Library of Medicine.

  6. Why Are My Eyelashes Falling Out? (February 2021). American Academy of Ophthalmology.

  7. What To Know About the Drug That Grows Thick Eyelashes. (January 2021). Cleveland Clinic. 

  8. LATISSE® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) 0.03% Initial U.S. Approval: 2001. (2012). The FDA. 

  9. Biotin. (January 2022). National Institute of Health. 

  10. Human hair growth enhancement in vitro by green tea epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). (August 2007). National Library of Medicine.

  11. How To Grow Eyelashes: 6 Science-Backed Ways For Bambi-Like Flutters, From Derms. (December 2020). MBGLifestyle.

  12. What Home Remedies Make Your Eyelashes Grow? (December 2020). MedicineNet.

  13. Do Eyelashes Grow Back if Pulled Out? (November 2021). MedicineNet.

Last Updated July 1, 2022

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