pulling out eyelashes

Pulling out one’s eyelashes is seen to be a result of trichotillomania. Trichotillomania is the psychological condition where an individual has the irresistible urge to pull out hair from his or her own body or occasionally from other’s bodies. This impulse is often described as overwhelming and results in large patches of hair loss from the compulsive pulling.

Why Individuals Pull Out Eyelashes

Individuals who suffer from Trichotillomania will often pull out hair from other areas of their body, such as their eyebrows and even their eyelashes. The eyelashes are a vulnerable place to pull hair from, as the sensation one feels from pulling out an eyelash is very intense. The eyelashes are also coarser and shorter than the hair on the rest of the body, which makes them enticing to a person suffering from trichotillomania. The eyelashes are very accessible and are felt often, such as when an individual rubs his or her eye, cries or blinks. Eyelashes are frequently a target for trichotillomania sufferers due to their unique texture and locale.

Impact of Missing Eyelashes

Missing eyelashes are much more difficult to hide than a missing patch of hair, or missing eyebrows. When an individual is missing part or all of their eyelashes, it is clearly evident that there is a problem. Usually Trichotillomania sufferers will gradually pull hair from their head, and migrate to a different part of the body, such as the eyelashes, seeking a more intense sensation. Missing eyelashes is a good indicator that a person is not healthy, either physically or mentally, and needs some outside intervention.
Understanding the condition suggest it is caused by a combination of different factors. These factors include genetic predisposition, chemical abnormalities in the brain and can be triggered by significant life events. Certain life events such as an emotional or sexual abuse can trigger the onset of trichotillomania. Trichotillomania can be cured with a combination of psychotherapy and anti-depressant medications.