Like the hair on your head and other parts of your body, your eyelashes go through a growth cycle that includes three distinct phases. At the end of the third phase, eyelashes naturally fall out and are typically replaced by a new one within four to six weeks [1]. Because of this process, it’s normal to notice an eyelash here and there that has fallen out. However, if your eyelashes are falling out at an accelerated rate and have noticeably thinned, one of these issues may be to blame.

Poor Eye Hygiene

One of the most common reasons that eyelashes fall out is poor eye hygiene, especially if you wear eye makeup. If not washed off before bed, mascara and eyeliner can cause your eyelashes to become weak and brittle, which may make them fall out faster than normal. In some cases, an allergic reaction to a chemical ingredient in mascara and other cosmetic products could be the culprit of thinning eyelashes. Mascara can also trap airborne allergens like pollen, dust and even microscopic mites within your eye area, which can also cause lashes to fall out and red, watery or itchy eyes.


Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory condition characterized by red, itchy and swollen eyelids. It happens when too much of the bacteria – including demodex mites – that naturally lives on the surface of the skin and eyelashes accumulates [2].

While tea tree oil has traditionally been thought to be the most effective solution to getting rid of high numbers of demodex mites on the eyelids and eyelashes, recent studies have found that one particular compound found in tea tree oil may be responsible. This compound, 4-Terpineol, has been shown to be the most effective of the 15 major compounds found in tea tree oil at eliminating demodex, while other compounds may even have antagonistic effects that reduces the effectiveness of tea tree oil as a whole [3].

That’s why Cliradex has created an innovative, non-irritating formula that contains 4-Terpineol to help improve your eye hygiene efforts.

Eyelash Extensions

Lash extensions and false eyelashes can give you a fuller, thicker look, but they can also cause your natural lashes to fall out if you’re not careful. Because most styles of eyelash extensions are applied with glue, pulling them off without using an oil-based cleanser or solution could damage your natural lashes at the root, which may interfere with future growth.

A Medical Condition

Some medical conditions, including a thyroid imbalance, lupus and alopecia can result in thinning eyelashes. Talk to your doctor about the most appropriate treatment methods for you, and ask about the best way to prevent hair loss when managing certain autoimmune disorders.

If you’re experiencing eyelash or hair loss but haven’t received a diagnosis, you may want to check in with your doctor to make sure one of these medical conditions isn’t the underlying cause.

In Summary

Interestingly enough, many of the cosmetic regimens and habits that we adopt to help improve the appearance of our eyelashes can end up backfiring and causing eyelash loss. If you’ve noticed that your eyelashes don’t seem to look as full as they used to, consider adjusting your eye cleansing routine to help prevent further eyelash loss.

Cliradex Towelettes are great for when you’re on-the-go or traveling and you don’t want to have to sacrifice your eye hygiene just because you’re away from home. Both Cliradex Towelettes and Cliradex Light Foam have been created using the same revolutionary 4-Terpineol formula for optimal eye hygiene. And since they are gentle and non-irritating, you can cleanse your eyes and surrounding areas both in the morning and in the evening without worrying about uncomfortable side effects.

If you’re struggling with eyelash loss or signs of eye irritation, you owe it to yourself to give Cliradex a try.

[1] Livestrong

[2] Review of Ophthalmology

[3] Translational Vision Science & Technology