Hair loss is a common condition. So much so, that it is estimated that over 85 million Americans are affected by some form of it. That’s why with August being National Hair Loss Awareness Month, we thought of it as the perfect time to explore some typical causes.
- Hereditary thinning. The most common form of hair loss. Also known as androgenetic alopecia, this condition is related to family genetics.
- Stress induced. A temporary form of hair loss that can be caused by an illness, fever, childbirth, or emotional stress.
- Use of birth control. This can come about from the effect that they can have on the body’s hormones.
- Postpartum. Another form of hair loss that relates to the hormones. Specifically, with the lowering levels of estrogen and progesterone that occur after giving birth.
- Autoimmune conditions. This occurs when the immune system attacks the hair follicles. Most typically characterized by patches of hair loss on the scalp, more severe cases can affect the hair all over the body.
- Nutrient deficiencies. Some of the most common deficiencies that we encounter that can correlate to hair loss are Vitamin D and Iron.
- Thyroid diseases. Can occur when the thyroid is overactive (hyper) or underactive (hypo).
- Prescription medications. Some medications can cause temporary hair loss or even bring on the early onset of hereditary hair loss.
- Hairstyles. This can be caused by hairstyles that put a constant strain on the hair follicles or pull at them (ex. extensions, weaves, braids, corn rows, or dreadlocks).
- Hair products. Certain products contain ingredients that can be harmful to hair follicles leading to breakage and damage.
- Radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Depending on the intensity of the treatment, it can be either temporary or permanent.
- Scar from an injury or surgery. Scar tissue often has poor blood circulation and because of this, hair follicles are not provided with the necessary nutrients they need to survive.
Hair loss can be tough to deal with. If you think you may be suffering from one of the causes above, contact Lisa S. Ball, NP at the Neiman Dermatology Building today.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)