Home Remedy for Eyelash Follicle Damage

Ciliary madarosis is characterised by eyelash follicle damage and the loss of eyelashes. The condition is caused by a number of factors including eye inflammation, eye infections, eye trauma, allergies, autoimmune diseases, tumours, endocrine disorders, medications and psychiatric disorders like trichotillomania. Thankfully, there are some natural remedies that can help deal with some of the underlying causes of ciliary madarosis.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Visit a doctor to identify the underlying cause of this condition. Your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics if your condition is related to an eye infection. If the condition is due to allergies, your doctor may prescribe antihistamines to reduce allergic symptoms affect your eyes and eyelash follicles. An immunologist may conduct further testing if your doctor suspects that your ciliary madarosis is caused by an autoimmune disease. You might also be referred to an endocrinologist if the doctor feels that your condition is the result of an endocrine disorder. If you are suffering from trichotillomania, your doctor will refer you to a counsellor or psychiatrist; this disorder involves the compulsive desire to pluck out your hair and eyelashes, and it is often attributed to stress and anxiety.

Ciliary madarosis is often masked via the use of fake eyelashes or eyeliners. Some individuals go as far as having fake eyeliner tattooed on the eyelids. Surgical repair may replace lost eyelashes, but controlling the direction of eyelash growth or thickness of the eyelashes is difficult after such treatment.


A staphylococcal infection can cause eyelashes to fall out. To minimise eyelash follicle damage, you need to remedy the problem quickly. In "The Herbal Handbook: A User's Guide to Medical Herbalism," David Hoffmann explains that echinacea is an herb that has anti-staphylococcal properties and antimicrobial agents that can help you get an infectious condition under control that is responsible for the onset of ciliary madarosis and potential eyelash follicle damage. Consume 1 to 2 tsp of echinacea as a tea; boil the herb in hot water for 15 minutes. Drink the tea three times a day for your infectious condition. Take 1 to 4ml of echinacea in tincture form three times a day. Echinacea is available in capsule form; take 300mg daily to deal with an underlying infection causing ciliary madarosis.

Do not take echinacea if you are diabetic, have a connective tissue disorder, leukaemia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, AIDS or HIV. If you have a liver condition, you should also avoid this herb. Allergic responses to echinacea include tightening of the throat, respiratory complications and fainting. Echinacea may also interact with certain immunosuppressants.

Ginkgo biloba

In "Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies," Phyllis A. Balch explains that Ginkgo biloba is an herb that promotes proper circulation; therefore, the herb can provide nourishing blood to the scalp and to hair follicles on the body. Take 40 to 60mg capsules of Ginkgo biloba daily to promote proper circulatory processes and to encourage eyelash growth and reparation of your eyelash hair follicles. Allow up to six weeks to note any benefit from the herbs use.

Possible side effects of Ginkgo biloba include skin rash, headaches, stomach upset and vertigo. Do not use Ginkgo biloba if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. This herb may interfere or interact with anticonvulsant medications, antidepressant medications, antihypertensive medications, blood thinning medications, blood sugar controlling medications, Thiazide diuretics and Trazodone.

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Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.