The average person loses up to 100 hairs each day. This daily loss usually goes unnoticed, as the hair grows back in time. Is your hair falling out at a noticeable rate? Is your hairline receding more and more? If so, you may be concerned about the health of your hair and your scalp. For some men, balding is part of the natural aging process or is caused by genetics. For others, it may be a sign of an underlying health condition.
Here’s what you need to know about the common causes of hair loss and thinning hair in men.
Temporary Hair Loss
Hair loss can be permanent or temporary. Both can lead to thinning hair, a receding hair line, or patches. Other conditions can cause complete baldness.
Temporary hair loss can be attributed to many factors, including:
• Vitamin or nutrient deficiency
• High levels of stress
• Excessive weight loss
Pinpointing and treating the root cause of temporary hair loss, such as taking supplements, can encourage healthy hair growth.
Permanent Hair Loss
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness is the most common type of permanent hair loss, occurring in 50% of men over the age of 50. This form of hair loss usually occurs slowly but often varies between men.
Most men will experience thinning hair at the crown of the head and above the temples. Hair thinning and hair loss eventually spreads throughout the entire scalp.
Men with this condition may have hair follicles that are sensitive to androgenic hormone activity. This causes the hair follicles to shrink, which causes the growth of lighter and thinner hair. Over time, the follicles will stop producing hair.
Genetics also play a role in a man’s risk of experiencing male pattern baldness. If you have close relatives that are balding, chances are that you will experience the same, especially as you get older.
There is no cure for male pattern baldness. However, there are prescription medications that have shown to be effective in promoting hair growth.
The go-to treatment for male pattern hair loss and baldness is finasteride. The medication works by blocking the body's production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the androgen that causes the hair to stop growing.
Other treatment options include:
• Minoxidil (Rogaine)
• Hair transplants
• Laser treatments
• Lifestyle changes
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