If you want a perfect facial expression, then you have to showcase all including cheek, forehead, eyebrow, eyelash, lip, nose, etc. Madarosis is a problem that takes out the beauty of eyelash and gives your face an incomplete appearance. In medical terms, this condition of eyelashes falling out is referred as eyelash loss, or sometimes eyebrow loss.

Though several Madarosis treatments are also available in the market, but it’s important to identify and cure the problem at an early stage for best results.

The clinical condition ‘Madarosis’ originates from the Greek word ‘mafao’ which is used for fall off and, over a passage of time it added to the term for the eyelash falling out. In view of medical condition, the eyelash loss is not a fatal disease, but its continuation can lead to a traumatic situation that every person finds difficult to resist. Moreover, this seemingly innocuous condition manifests many systemic disorders and causes anguish.

Reasons behind Madarosis:

Since there is not a particular reason behind the destruction of hair follicles, various diseases have to be considered, ranging from local dermatological disorders to some complex systemic problems. Depending upon the etiology, the eyelash falling out can be either scarring or non-scarring.

You have to find the exact cause of such hair loss, which generally been ignored at the initial stage.

Some of the specific causes of Madarosis include:

  1. Blepharitis (inflammation)

Blepharitis, also referred as inflammation, causes the eyes feel gritty and sore, and it usually affects the edges of the eyelids. It can be problematic and recurring. Categorically talking anterior Blepharitis is Seborrhoeic or staphylococcal, while posterior blepharitis is caused by meibomian gland dysfunction and Telangiectatic vessels at the eyelid margin leading to burning hair follicles and thus destruction of the eyelash.

  1. Dermatological conditions

Skin problem is the main cause of concern behind eyelash falling out. The manifestation of several dermatological condition results in eyelash falling out. Such conditions are associated with some specific diseases—atopic dermatitis one such condition that affects lower eyelid dermatitis. Also known as eczema, this problem occurs due to constant scratching and rubbing of skin that could lead the demolition of the eyelash. There are some specific dermatological conditions to look into:

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(A)     Known as Erythema and scaling of eyebrows, Seborrhoeic dermatitis is another crucial factor for creating irritation in the eyes, so the edges of eyelids may show Marginal Blepharitis. As a common result of this ophthalmic condition called pruritus is witnessed in seborrhoeic dermatitis.

(B)    Another skin problem that causes the unnatural growth of cells is psoriasis. Its effect on the eyelids can generate the symptom of Madarosis.

  1. Drug-related fallout

Intense medication may also cause to eyelash fallout. Although medications are specifically designed for the treatment of health conditions, in many cases, they render some unwanted side-effects. The drug-induced hair loss is very common with chemotherapy treatment, blood pressure medications as well as anti-acne, anti-clotting and anti-cholesterol drugs. The good news is that in most cases such fallout of the eyelash is not very long-lasting, and one can regain eyelash once the medication is completed.

Other than it, postmenopausal frontal fibrosing alopecia, acne rosacea, allergies, malnutrition, follicular mucinosis, metabolic diseases such as mitochondrion pathy, Meige syndrome, sickle cell anemia, HIV infection and cutaneous Sarcoidosis are some conditions that can result in eyelash loss.

Effective treatments of Madarosis

The healthy eyelash hair grows at the rate of about 0.15 mm per day, and it lasts up to 5-6 months before falling out. Maybe it would take a bit longer time to grow while you are undergoing Madarosis treatment, but in the end you will be able to get your beautiful eyelash. Since there are several causes of the eyelash fallout, you must consider the specific Madarosis treatment to reverse its effect.

  • In many cases of eyelash loss, the intake of antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medicines are proved to be a very effective remedy. Also, the use of natural eye massage and eye scrub is also beneficial for controlling eye infection.
  • To treat dermatologic conditions, continuous itching has to be stopped otherwise the treatment of madarosis would not be that effective. Along with that behavioral therapy or psychiatric medication can be tried to reduce the effects of Trichotillomania.
  • Hormone replacement therapy is also a popular treatment of eyelash fallout occurring due to menopause in the women.
  • The use of boric powder is also found to be beneficial for removing Chalazion. The gentle rubbing on eyes from the water mixed with boric power can diminish the falling of eyelashes.
  • Those people who are using mascaras or any other cosmetic products on eyebrows and eyelashes should be careful about its side-effects. If they find such beauty products causing irritation to the eye, it’s better to replace it with another one.
  • One can go for a surgical procedure for eyelash grafts, which pulls hair from another part of the body and plants it as a new eyelash. Though there is a huge risk in this procedure, and many people avoid surgery due to heavy cost.

After plucking, a new lash takes about 8 to 10 weeks to grow, till then the use of camouflage hair as an alternative treatment that can be adopted. Some people opt for permanent tattooing if there is no possibility of eyelash regrowth.


Probably the underlying condition of eyelash loss becomes a frustrating issue. But there is no need to panic and with the help of proper skin care, better nutrition supplements, and better Madarosis treatment, losing eyelashes can be re-grown and re-gained. Madarosis is not worrisome after all!