What is Trichotillomania?


Trichotillomania is a condition where a person feels compelled to pull their hair out.

They may pull out the hair on their head or in other places, such as their eyebrows or eyelashes, often leaving patches with no hair.

Trichotillomania is an impulse-control disorder, a psychological condition where the person is unable to stop themselves carrying out a particular action. Trichotillomania can cause negative feelings, such as guilt. The person may also feel embarrassed or ashamed about pulling their hair out, and may try to deny it or cover it up.


Sometimes trichotillomania can make the person feel unattractive and can lead to low self-esteem.

See your GP  if you're pulling your hair out or if you notice that your child is. 

Who is affected by Trichotillomania?


Impulse-control disorders are more common among teenagers and young adults. Trichotillomania tends to affect girls more than boys, however anyone can be affected.


What causes Trichotillomania?


It's not known what causes trichotillomania, but there are several theories. Some experts think hair pulling is a type of addiction. The more you pull your hair out, the more you want to keep doing it.

Trichotillomania may be a reflection of a mental health problem. Psychological and behavioural theories suggest that hair pulling may be a way of relieving stress or anxiety.

In some cases, trichotillomania may be a form of self-harm, where the person deliberately injures themselves as a way of seeking temporary relief from emotional distress. 

How we can help


At Appearances Aesthetics, we offer semi permanent make up to replace hair lost by Trichotillomania.

For advice on how to treat Trichotillomania, visit

For support in living with Trichotillomania, visit

Book your appointment today by calling Gillian on 07711 067789, or email at

Gillian works from her home clinic in Chislehurst, Kent, treating clients in all surrounding areas.

Appearances Aesthetics

Blemish Removals | Skin Lesions | Skin Tags | Moles | Pigmentation | Milia 

07711 067789 | |  20 Berens Way, Chislehurst, Kent, BR7 6RJ

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