My Favorite Trich-Related Products (pt. 1)
In honor of BFRB Awareness Week last week, I’m going to start posting short lists of some of my favorite trich-related products in hopes that they help other people with trichotillomania (future lists will also include dermatillomania) manage their pulling, heal raw skin, or regrow hair.
For today, I’m just gonna start out with three products that have helped me the most in the past few weeks.
1. Vaseline, $1.47 at Target, 5★
Seems simple, I know. Especially for my first product. But seriously. If you have trich and you don’t use Vaseline you really should. I like to put it on my eyelashes in the evening. Not only does it make my lashes slippery and harder to pull but it also conditions the hairs and makes helps them grow back longer and thicker. However, if you do use it, make sure that you wash your hands before you apply. You can also use a clean mascara wand, but I find it easier to spread the Vaseline on my lashes with my fingers.
2. Rimmel Lash Accelerator Serum, $8.99 at Walgreens, 4.5 ★
I can’t give a completely accurate review of this product, because I’ve only used it about a week now. I’ll have to do another one once I’ve been using it for at least a month. But I really like it so far, so I think it’s worth mentioning. I think it’s a good, affordable alternative to Vaseline if you’re looking for something to grow back lashes. I still put it on the parts of my lids with no lashes though, in hopes that it’ll also help start regrowth. I also like to use it for my eyebrows, because I’ve found that Vaseline sometimes makes me break out if I put it on skin. My only issue with this product is that it dries kind of crunchy. So when I use it, I try to put it on immediately before I go to sleep. Otherwise the crunchiness bothers me and makes me pick at my eyelashes more. Also, the brush tip makes application a little messy. When I’m applying it to my eyelashes, I usually end up brushing the side of my nose.
3. Silly Putty, $1.00 at Dollar Tree, 4.5 ★
Again, another simple product. I know. I’ll probably try to branch out into the ones that you guys might not know about. But for now I wanted to highlight some products that have helped me a lot recently. I have a desk job and when I first started I was pulling A LOT. Partly from stress and partly from being on the computer all day. I went to my local Dollar Tree and got two of these little eggs, and I can’t begin to tell you how much they’ve helped. Silly Putty is very pliable, so I can break it, bend it, mold it, sculpt it, whatever I want. It’s easy to fiddle with it in one hand while I’m scrolling with the other. Plus, it’s super cheap. I haven’t pulled at work for the last two weeks because of this stuff. It does, however, make my hands a little dry by the end of the day. But that’s probably because I work 10 hour days and I’m playing with it the whole time.
I hope these products are helpful for you guys! If you have any suggestions for products I should check out, let me know! I’ll do another review post sometime soon with some more of my favorite products.