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Causes Of Eyebrow And Temple Hair Loss

As with the loss of hair anywhere on the body, eyebrow and temple hair loss have many possible causes, many of which are treatable. Most conditions are causes of both eyebrow and temple hair loss while some are specific to just those areas. In addition, some of the hair loss may be permanent, while in other cases, it is temporary.

Causes of Eyebrow Loss

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is caused by bacteria that lead to a skin and nerve infection. The area around the eyes, including the eyebrows, is often a target of this disease. Leprosy typically results in damage to the hair follicles of both eyebrows, and the hair loss is most always permanent.

Atopic Dermatitis is a type of eczema that causes patches of skin to become itchy, irritated, and inflamed. It often affects the area around the eyes. If atopic dermatitis occurs on the eyebrows, it will cause an inflammation of the hair follicles of the eyebrows.

Inflamed follicles will often result in the existing hair falling out, and inflammation will prohibit the growth of new hair. This can affect all or just part of the eyebrow.

If successfully treated, when the condition is no longer aggravating the follicles, the eyebrow will regrow. Also, DHT can play a part in thinning of the brow area. Use a DHT blocking hair loss treatment to apply topically on the brow area.

Causes of Temple Hair Loss

Male pattern baldness typically results in loss of temple hair, although the hair on the front of the head, at the hairline, is first affected. Men are primarily affected, but after menopause, women are susceptible as well.

This type of baldness is a result of both genetics and hormones. It can be treated with medications, such as Minoxidil or Finasteride, but the results last only as long as one takes the medication.

Women who wear tight braids or weaves can also cause temple hair loss. Tight braiding stresses hair, and can cause it to pull out. This condition is temporary; without the tight braiding, hair is not stressed or damaged and will regrow normally.

This is common in black women who consistently wear weaves or braids. Men are susceptible to if the leave or wear braids or cornrows. This loss is called Traction Alopecia.

Conditions That Affect Eyebrows and Temples

Alopecia Areata is a condition that can cause hair loss on any part of the body. It is a condition that causes the immune system to, for unknown reasons, attack hair follicles. This causes the loss of existing hair and prevents new hair from growing.

In many cases, the hair cycle will resume after a period of time. However, sometimes the condition is permanent and hair that is lost never grows back. Alopecia typically begins in one small spot, but eventually all of the hair on the scalp, as well as eyebrows, eyelashes, and body hair, is lost.

Hypothyroidism is a condition of the thyroid gland that causes the thyroid to produce insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This condition affects the body in many ways, including hair loss. Hypothyroidism causes the hair to become coarse and brittle, which can lead to it falling out prematurely. Thinning of the eyebrows is common with this condition, but it can affect the hair at the temples as well. Medication can be used to treat the condition, and in most cases, the growth of hair will resume normally.