Can You Stop Eyebrow Growth?

close-up of a woman plucking her eyebrows with a tweezers
A young woman plucking her eyebrows in a mirror. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Whether you have brooding, thick brows or pencil-thin brows, the fashion seems to come and go. If you're thinking about permanent brow-removal techniques, consider this: Some women with wimpy brow lines ask for lash-growth serum and use it to boost their eyebrows. If you're the other half of the equation, there are ways beyond tedious plucking to thin out the thickets.

The Root of the Problem

Science doesn't back the theories that regular plucking or waxing makes brows grow back thicker or thins them out over time so they don't grow back as quickly. Experts say genetics and nutrition have a lot to do with how fast your eyebrows grow. If you want a long-term solution, dermatologists used to recommend laser therapy. Two problems with that, though: lasers destroy pigment, so they work better on dark hair and white skin than the reverse, and there is a risk of eye damage. Instead, electrolysis is often recommended. It's more time consuming than laser therapy, but it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permanent hair removal, while lasers are FDA approved only for permanent hair reduction. See a dermatologist to discuss your choices.

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