Hair loss is an issue that many people deal with at some point in their lives. Men and women of all ages can be affected by hair loss caused by a host of factors. This issue affects each individual differently on a physical and emotional level. Unfortunately, losing hair can damage a person’s confidence and sense of individuality because our hair speaks to our personalities and gives us a way to express our uniqueness to the world. Hair loss can be caused by both environmental and internal factors. Some factors are unavoidable and some are preventable. Hair loss is a notification that your body is reacting to some internal or environmental factor; listening to our bodies and understanding what may be causing hair loss can help us successfully deal with this problem. Here are some common causes of hair loss to consider:
Stress– We all have times in our lives when non-stop responsibility and constant pressure cause extreme stress. You are probably aware of many other physical manifestations of stress, related to skin, digestion, or sleep, but did you know it can also cause hair loss? Extreme stress can create an imbalance of hormones and cause your body to start reacting in unfortunate ways. If you notice hair loss during times of high stress, try to learn ways of managing your time and your responsibilities to get your hormones back in balance. Exercise, sleep, and plenty of water can be of help to your struggling body during stressful times.
Change of Body, Environment– Normal life experiences such as pregnancy, puberty, and change of lifestyle can cause hair loss. Can you imagine all the new chemicals and all the physical change a person’s body goes through during these experiences? Just like with stress, these physical changes can cause an imbalance to your hormones and develop some opportunity for hair loss. Generally, our bodies can learn to adjust and reformulate to cope with our drastic physical changes throughout life. Other physical changes that can result in hair loss are extreme changes in diet and even changing climates. When we begin to notice hair loss, we have to be careful to deal with it in a healthy manner, as emotional distress and confusion, which usually come with hair loss, can compound and make the problem worse.
Ailments– Some medical conditions and even some medicinal treatments are to blame for hair loss. Autoimmune diseases, thyroid conditions, rashes and infections are common sources of thinning hair. Reactions to medicinal treatments are another typical factor of hair loss. Sometimes people have allergic reactions to medicines which may cause hair loss, while other treatments (such as chemotherapy) include hair loss as an expected side effect.
Genetics– There are genetic disorders which can cause premature hair loss or a receding hairline. Male Pattern Baldness is one of the most common types of genetic hair loss and affects a majority of men at some stage in their lives. Some men notice this issue as early as young adulthood, in their 20’s and 30’s, while other men don’t notice significant hair loss until they are closer to 50 years old. This genetic disorder occurs because a man’s hair follicles are genetically predisposed to have a shorter lifespan due to a by-product of testosterone. The good news is that there is an effective solution for most sufferers of Male Pattern Baldness. NeoGraft™ is the first and only FDA-cleared follicular unit harvesting and implantation system. The Dermatology Center of Indiana has helped their clients achieve natural-looking results and regain their personal confidence with this revolutionary treatment.
Household Products– Just like we can have allergic reactions to what we put in our bodies, like food and medicine, we can also be allergic to what we put on our bodies. Any chemical or substance that touches your skin is partially absorbed and can affect your inner and outer health. Sometimes, a person can be allergic to a shampoo, conditioner or other hair and beauty product and in turn may experience hair loss. Certain chemicals and ingredients in your haircare products may not respond well with your body. If you have experienced an itchy scalp, rashes, or hair loss due to a product you are using, try to steer clear of using other products with similar ingredients. Choosing natural hair-care products is almost always a safe bet.
Our bodies are good at telling us what they need. Many different factors contribute to the way we look, feel, and function. If you are noticing significant hair loss, try to understand why your body may be reacting in this way and you might just find a solution to your problem. Because hair is so important to our physical appearance and personal confidence, do not ever feel afraid to consult a doctor if you are noticing excessive hair loss and want a solution. Dr. Guenthner at the Dermatology Center of Indiana is committed to helping patients achieve hair happiness through the professional use of NeoGraft™. If you have any questions or would like some guidance on your hair regrowth journey, contact us for a free consultation.
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