Why Are My Eyelashes Falling Out?

Far from being just an ordinary fringe above your eyelids, your eyelashes can be a key piece that pulls together your whole look. Some women even resort to getting false eyelashes. 

Even if you don’t opt for false lashes, you may have rituals involving mascara and eyelash curlers. Some women put a lot of effort into making their lashes look more prominent and defined.

But if your eyelashes are falling out, you probably find it rather distressing, and rightfully so. This can happen for a number of reasons. Our providers at eleven19 MedSpa explain what can cause your lashes to fall out and how to fix the problem.

The causes of eyelash loss

When your eyelashes start falling out, you probably feel pretty alarmed. Certain things can cause your lashes to fall out, including:

Removing false lashes improperly

When you take off false eyelashes, it may seem a little tricky. Because false lashes are applied with glue, sometimes this glue can be difficult to remove completely.

Rubbing your eyes too vigorously

Some of the makeup products you use may be difficult to remove, especially waterproof mascara or eyeliner. Don’t make the mistake of rubbing and scrubbing too hard. Use specially formulated makeup removers instead (or even simple olive oil).

Bacterial infection

If you regularly ignore the expiration dates on your makeup – especially mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow – you’re putting the health of your eyes at risk. 

Experts say you should replace a tube of mascara every three months. If you decide to push it a bit longer, you should absolutely throw it out no later than six months after opening it, even if it still seems usable. 

Most cases of bacterial infection are caused by staph. This infection can cause your eyelashes to fall out.


This type of eye infection can also cause your lashes to fall out if left untreated. People with western European heritage who have fair, pink-toned skin are at the greatest risk of this infection, although anyone can get it. 

Blepharitis occurs when the oil-producing glands on your eyelids become blocked. You need to see an eye doctor to get the correct treatment for this condition.

Allergic reactions

Your eyes can develop an allergy to anything in your environment or anything you put near your eyes. Allergies to makeup and skin care products can occur, so read the ingredient list and check with a doctor if you believe a product allergy is the likely cause of your woes.


Alopecia is a disorder that doctors believe causes your body to attack itself, including your hair follicles. With this disorder, you may have patchy hair loss all over your body, including your eyelashes.

Autoimmune disorders

Certain autoimmune disorders cause inflammation in your body. This inflammation can lead to a host of side effects that you’ll definitely notice, including losing your eyelashes. Seeing a doctor about the autoimmune disorder may or may not stop the lash loss.

What to do about missing lashes

While you can certainly apply false lashes, this is at best a cover-up job. It can also contribute to further lash loss, especially if you don’t remove the false lashes properly.

Another option is FDA-approved Latisse®. This prescription-only medication is designed to help you regrow your lashes. You apply Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) to your lashes above your top eyelid once a day for a minimum of 16 weeks. 

Most people see noticeable improvement from using Latisse and have few side effects.

If you’re losing your eyelashes, make an appointment with an eye doctor or dermatologist if you’ve ruled out excessive rubbing and expired makeup products. 

When you’re ready to regrow your lashes, come see us. Contact our providers at eleven19 MedSpa today or request an appointment online at the location nearest you. We have offices in Fullerton, Rancho Cucamonga, and Santa Ana, California.

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