As with hair loss, not everyone will lose their brows and lashes, it depends on what drugs are being used (please refer to Hair Loss). It is said that brows frame the face, so it is understandable how emotional the journey of losing one’s brows can be. Let’s discuss what options you have, because ladies, you can still have beautiful brows. However, they will just require a bit more effort throughout treatment, and for a little while thereafter. And remember, given time, they will eventually grow back once treatment has come to an end.

If you have lost some of your brow but there are still hairs present, use a pencil to fill in the gaps with feathery strokes, to ensure it looks natural. If you have lost the hair on your scalp, your brows will become more prominent, so go one or two shades lighter with the pencil you choose.

I don’t recommend primers because of the ingredients used, namely silicones. There are endless possibilities to names with this ingredient, they mostly have names that end in -cone or -siloxane. For example, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane. This ingredient is occlusive, doesn’t allow your skin to function normally (impacts your barrier function) and is bio-accumulative. It is very hard to clean off, even when you think you have!

For those of you who have lost all your brows, I have two words for you “Brow Stencil”. Very readily available, heck I use one myself. A great way to ensure your brows are lined up in the right position – line the pencil up with the outside edge of your nose and the inside of your eye, draw a dot. This is where the inside edge of your brow should commence. Stencil away, practice makes perfect.

Another option is having your brows tattooed, the latest trend is feather touch where your brows are micro-bladed in strokes onto the area. There is a lot to consider with this option, [i]new scientific information is pointing to tattoo pigments ending up in the lymph nodes. Ensure you talk to your doctor about this option and research, research, research. Whatever option you choose, will be the right one for you. Good luck!

[i] accessed 15/03/18.

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Paula Cliffin

Dermal Facialist/Practising Corneotherapist
Certified in Oncology Aesthetics (COA)
Phone: 0438 735 990 (Appointment Only)


The advice on my oncology pages is just advice. It is in no way medical advice. The advice I offer comes from many years of experience with health challenged clients and endless, ongoing education to ensure I offer my clients the best advice and products on the market. If you do have any concerns, I strongly advise you to consult your medical team.