Does crying make your eyelashes longer

Does crying make your eyelashes longer?

Does crying make your eyelashes grow longer? This is a popular rumor that many people believe. However, this is not the case. Crying and tears have many benefits for both the body and mind but making your eyelashes longer is not one of the benefits. 

Let’s take a look at crying in general, some of the benefits of crying and other things crying can do for the human body.

Crying is the release of tears in the eyes in response to an emotional state or pain. Emotions like anger and happiness can lead to crying. Tears produced during emotional crying have a chemical composition which differs from other types of tears.

What is the role of eyelashes?

Eyelashes protect your eyes from dirt, debris or any harmful substances that can affect the eye. Eyelashes are the first line of defense for your eyes. When the eyes are open, the eyelashes catch some airborne debris but when closed, they form a nearly impenetrable barrier against foreign substances from entering the eye. 

Eyelashes also help to filter out the sunlight that shines onto your eyes. They provide some form of protection against UVA and UVB rays. 

Health conditions related to eyelashes

Most people never experience any sort of health issues related to their eyelashes. However, there are some people who suffer from issues that cause them a lot of pain and discomfort in relation to their eyelashes. Below are some of the health conditions associated with eyelashes

  • Blepharitis. This is a condition where the area of the eyelid that connects to the eyelashes becomes irritated, often resulting in eyelashes that fall out prematurely.
  • Distichiasis. This is where a person grows too many eyelashes on a certain portion of their eyelid. The person may have 2 rows of eyelashes.
  • Trichiasis. This is where someone develops an ingrown eyelash. The lashes rub against the cornea, the conjunctiva and the inner surface of the eyelids.

How to take care of eyelashes

  • Avoid touching your eyelashes with your hands
  • Reduce the rate at which you wear fake eyelashes. The adhesive needed to fit the eyelids might be an irritation to the eye
  • Make sure to wash your face with clean water to get rid of foreign substances on your face or around your eyes. 

Can crying make my eyelashes grow longer?

There is no scientific data to show that crying has any relation with eyelash growth. Crying has nothing to do with eyelash growth. Crying makes your eyelashes become wet and straight. Due to this phenomenon, it gives people a false opinion about how crying can make your eyelashes grow longer.

Can crying make your eyelashes grow faster?

The growth rate of eyelashes depends on a variety of factors such as genetics and eye health and crying is not one of them. 

Does crying make my eyesight weak?

Crying can not make your eyesight become weak. Continuing crying can make your eyes red but it has no impact on your eyesight. Weak eyesight is mostly caused by changes in lens shape. This results in eyesight defects such as longsightedness and short sightedness

Does crying mean you are emotionally weak?

There was a time that people saw crying as a sign of weakness. However, this notion is not true and is in fact outdated. This is not true because emotionally strong people can also cry at certain emotional points in their lives. Crying does not make you emotionally weak but it can make you feel more relaxed.  

Can crying damage the brain?

Crying cannot damage the brain. Brain damage is caused by many factors including too much stress. This can also lead to psychological disorders.

Does involuntary crying indicate a psychological condition?

Crying can sometimes happen involuntarily and this does not mean that you might have a psychological problem. There are people who are over sensitive and they cannot control their tears when they face difficulty. 

What are the benefits of crying?

Crying has many health benefits and below are some of the benefits of crying

  • The appearance of the retina is improved by tears. It does this by smoothing out any irregularities or substances on the surface of the eyeball. Tears also provide the retina with nutrients, protects the eyes against microorganisms and removes debris.
  • Crying detoxifies the body. Shedding tears plays a major role when it comes to body detoxification. There are 3 types of tears that help detoxify the body. These include reflex tears (they come out against any reflex such as dust particles, or removing foreign substances from the eye) continuous tears (continuous tears lubricate the eyes and protect the eyes from infection) and emotional tears (tears as a response to various emotional and mental states experienced by the body. Some of which include stress, grief, happiness)
  • Tears act as a natural pain reliever. Crying helps release negative emotions.  It also serves as a way of venting. 
  • The eyes are hydrated when we cry. Basal tears are tears that are generated without a feeling or emotion. Basal tears are just a product of the lacrimal glands. They keep your eyes hydrated because they oxygenate the cornea. 
  • Crying being a stress reliever can have some positive effects on your skin. Since acne and other skin illnesses are caused by anxiety and stress, tears can help soothe and heal them.
  • Tears contain stress hormones and mood-regulating manganese. Crying reduces the levels of stress chemicals, thus, releasing stress. This in turn makes your muscles less tightened 

The takeaway from this article

Crying does not make your eyelashes grow longer. This is just a myth or misconception that people have about crying and eyelashes. There is no scientific data or evidence that proves the relationship between crying and eyelash growth. Crying is very good for health as it is a natural meditation to keep your mind stress free.


Michael Sarfo
Content Creator at Wapomu

Michael Sarfo is a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon. He is a content creator for and a writer for Wapomu

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Dr. Abel Daartey is a pharmacist by profession, a teacher, and a mentor by nature. He enjoys reading scientific journals and articles and publications in neuroscience and related topics. He aims at churning out content that educates the public and health care providers in meeting the healthcare needs of the populace.

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