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Why does hair loss occur in men?

hair growth treatment for women, hair growth treatments, laser hair growth, laser hair growth treatment, hair laser treatment, hair growth treatment for womenThere are two main contributors to male hair loss: genetics and ihydrotestosterone, or more commonly DHT. As a teen, there are large amounts of testosterone present in a man’s body. As men age, an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase converts this hormone into DHT, which depletes hair follicles. This is where genetics start to play their role.

A pie chart showing the percentage of men that experience hair loss.It is the hair follicle’s resistance to DHT that is genetic. Depending upon each man’s specific genes, DHT may slow down hair production, produce weaker hair, or stop hair growth altogether. But guys don’t have to feel like they’re alone. Most men experience some degree of hair loss and half experience significant loss. There are 40 million American men walking around with varying degrees of hair loss (also known as Alopecia).

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Here are 9 of the most common causes of hair loss in men.

Tension on the Hair/Hairpieces – While men don’t wear their hair pulled back as often as women do, those who have longer hair and wear it in tight braids or cornrows may notice hair loss from this tension over time. Additionally, men who wear hairpieces frequently in the same area of their scalp may notice that the hair is beginning to fall out.

Trichotillimania – This is more of a habit than a condition, however, certain people are known to suffer from the urge to habitually pluck hair from their head. When this is done over any length of time, the scalp can scar and therefore, balding may occur.

Hypothroidism – While this condition is more common in women than men, hypothyroidism can cause an imbalance of hormones in men as well. This imbalance can result in patches of hair falling out.

Autoimmune Disease – Autoimmune diseases like diabetes or arthritis cause the body to attack hair follicles as well as other important tissues for hair growth. When this happens, the hair’s growth cycle is impacted and hair will start to thin.

Stress – It’s not just a wives tale, while we often joke that stress is making our hair fall out, it actually can! Severe stress caused by work, family or large traumatic events can make the body go in to shock. When this happens hormones and metabolites flood the system and disrupt the growth of hair.

Infection – Fungal infections of the scalp may be the result of improper hygiene and can cause the hair to begin falling out. Ringworm infections can also have the same result as well.

Medication – Certain medications are associated with balding as a side effect. The most common medications associated with this are those that impact the hormones, like birth control, anti-thyroid medication or beta blockers (to name a few).

Vitamin Deficiency – If your body is lacking the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals it won’t be able to function at its peak. The most common deficiency associated with male hair loss is iron. Iron is used by the body to keep producing the proper amount of red blood cells. Without the right amount of iron, balding may begin to occur.

Male Pattern Hair Loss – This is the cause for 95% of all hair loss cases. Most men begin noticing that their hair is falling out in an “M” shape. This is a common sign that male pattern hair loss is the culprit behind thinning hair. This is caused by the shrinking of hair follicles which can no longer grow hair as a result. Male Pattern Hair Loss is genetic and therefore largely unavoidable for many men.

If you are a man with thinning hair, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to accept your hair loss, you can treat it!

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