I probably started pullling when I was about 11 years old.  I never even knew that this was a common thing until last year when i was taking a pyscology class and my professor mentioned the name.  This has been a serious problem for me and I've been trying to stop for years.  I have bald spots in my eyelashes & I also have bald spots in my eyebrows.  I pull while I'm at work, while I'm driving, anytime I get frustrated or stressed out.  I stand in the mirror sometimes and just pull till my eyes sometimes get puffy.  I never knew until tonight that this was something that i could discuss with a doctor.  Everyone in my family has noticed that i am always in my eyes & it causes alot of attention because my eyes are hazel but they are bald in spots.  It's very embarrassing & has gotten very unattractive.

lashless lashless 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 20, 2007

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I got my eyeliner tattooed on which hides the bald eyelid. No, it didn't hurt much. If you're used to pulling, you're used to pain there anyway.

I'm trying to recover now and that's why I'm here. This article is holding hope for me now:

I gave it a try yesterday and am working on it today too. It helps you to replace the behavior of pulling with a different behavior. So far, I'm doing much better than I would have without this technique. Good luck and thanks for sharing your story!

I started pulling my lashes when I was about 6 or 7 years old and I pulled them all out several times. Now I am left with few lashes with bald spots here and there. I am a redhead so my lashes are blond so they always look scanty. I use mascara and you can see they are not a full set. I once got them dyed and was disappointed because they didn't look thicker. Why would they? I guess I was hoping for a miracle. I have met a lot of females over the years with hair pulling issues and never found out it was a real syndrome until about 15 yeartsss ago.

Don't be afraid to seek help. And eyeliner does a /wonderful/ job!