If You Don’t Know, Now You Know
Never thought you’d see medication and lashing in the same sentence did you? Did you know that many commonly prescribed medications can alter hair growth, including lashes? This interference can potentially cause retention issues so it’s important to know what drugs can cause lash discrepancies and other known side affects, as well as what medications your clients are taking in their initial paperwork. By staying knowledgeable and up to date you can better serve your clientele and help them understand everything that could cause potential retention issues.
Medications can not only affect hair loss but and can alter the natural lashes composition as well. For example; causing the lashes to change in color, become oilier, dryer or even more brittle. When it comes to hair loss there are two different kinds; Telogen Effluvium and Anagen Effluvium. If you didn’t know, hair growth has three different cycles from the start of growth catagen to antagen to the end telogen. The most common type of hair loss is telogen effluvium and this appears 8-16 weeks after taking the medication. Instead of the hair follicle resting it falls out too early. When it comes to antagen effluvium the hair loss appears a lot quicker within the first week of taking the medication. In this type of hair loss the new growth cycle is disrupted and new hairs do not divide normally. This type is more commonly seen in patients going through chemo which is automatically a contraindication for receiving lashes.
Below is a list of, but not limited to, medications that affect hair loss:
*Acne medications containing vitamin a (retinoids)
*Antibiotics and anti fungal drugs
*Birth Control (pills)
*Anticoagulants (blood pressure medication)
*Immune system suppressants
*Cancer and Chemo medications
*Anti-hypertensives, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and diuretics
*Hormone replacement therapy
*Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
*Parkinson’s disease drugs
*Thyroid medications (very common)
and Weight loss drugs
Things such as pregnancy, menopause and of course dietary changes can also play a huge role in hair growth/loss. Make sure to always stay educated or keep a log on different medications and remind your clients to always keep you updated on their health regimens.