What Causes Hair Thinning in Men?

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Hair thinning is common, but it can be devastating. For some men, their hair is a symbol of strength and power, so for a man who is suffering from hair loss, it can be a psychologically devastating experience. There are many causes of hair thinning, and, thankfully, many treatments.

What is Hair Thinning?

Hair thinning is when you experience a decrease in the density of the hair on your scalp, such that your scalp becomes more visible. It is experienced by both men and women, typically at the crown of the scalp, or on the top of the head. It is usually a result of genetics, although it can be caused by the following:

Certain Medications—Certain medications, such as chemotherapy for cancer, and steroids, such as prednisone, can cause hair loss.

Diet—An improper diet can cause hair loss, especially one that is low in protein and iron.

Hairstyling—Pulling and tugging on your hair can cause hair loss.

Excessive Stress—Stress can cause a number of health problems, including hair loss.

Poor Scalp Hygiene—A dirty scalp can cause a number of scalp conditions, including dandruff, which can lead to hair loss.

Sexual Hormones—Hair loss is caused by a drop in androgens, or male hormones, in both men and women.

Men often experience hair thinning at the crown of the head, or at the top of the scalp, and it can be a stressful experience. However, it is important to remember that the best way to deal with hair thinning is to prevent it where possible and to treat it as soon as possible if you do end up experiencing the symptoms.

How Do I Stop Hair Thinning?

Thankfully, there are hair loss solutions. In fact, there are many different hair loss solutions for men and women. However, there is no single cure for hair thinning. Hair loss can be caused by a number of factors, which means that you need to take a multipronged approach to stop hair thinning.

Lifestyle Changes

First, if you are experiencing hair loss due to medication, it is essential to talk to your doctor. Your physician can help you find a new medication that does not cause the side effect of hair loss, and they can also prescribe you a topical treatment to help stop further hair loss and regrow the lost hair.

If a poor diet causes your hair loss, you should work with a nutritionist to create a healthier diet that is full of protein and iron.

You should also try to limit the amount of time you spend pulling and tugging on your hair.

It is also essential to be sure that you are washing your hair regularly. If you are not washing your hair regularly, you are likely to experience a buildup of product, lint, and dirt on your scalp, contributing to hair loss.

Finally, if your hair loss is caused by stress, it is vital to find ways to manage your stress.


Finasteride is a medication that is used to treat male pattern baldness. It works by preventing the formation of certain hormones that cause hair loss. In fact, Finasteride has been shown to stop hair from thinning in 83% of men who take it. 66% of men who take Finasteride for two years experience hair regrowth. Finasteride is available through a doctor's prescription.

Minoxidil is a topical treatment that is used to treat hair loss in both men and women. It is available over the counter. Minoxidil has been shown to increase hair growth in the majority of people use it in conjunction with Finasteride.

You can stop your hair growth today by reaching out to a doctor through Phoenix Health, a telehealth platform exclusively for men. Phoenix is easy to use, and you don't even need to turn on your camera.

The Right Treatment for You

You should talk to your doctor about the best treatment for your hair loss. You can schedule a consultation through Phoenix Health. You'll be connected with a licensed physician who will review your symptoms and decide if you're a good candidate for treatment! Get your appointment today.

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This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Your specific circumstances should be discussed with a healthcare provider. All statements of opinion represent the writers' judgement at the time of publication and are subject to change. Phoenix and its affiliates provide no express or implied endorsements of third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products, or services.

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