Alopecia is the medical term for thinning hair or hair loss. It can occur in men or in women and can be temporary (due to hormones or medications) or permanent.
What causes alopecia?
Alopecia can result from involuntary conditions such as hormones or iron deficiency, or it can result from voluntary actions such as medication, hair pulling, or tight ponytails and braids. Most often, it is the result of factors that are beyond our control, such as heredity. This heredity factor, called androgenic alopecia, occurs most often in men. It’s commonly called Male Pattern Baldness.
Hair follicles go through a growth cycle that consists of a long growing phase (anagen), a transitional phase (catagen) and a short resting phase (telogen). It is after this resting phase that the hair falls out, and a new hair starts growing in its place.
Basically, when the number of hairs falling out exceeds the number of new hairs that are growing, this is alopecia.
Causes of androgenic alopecia
Androgenic alopecia is the medical term for male pattern baldness. Many of the factors that cause it are currently unknown, but researchers do know that pattern hair loss is related to hormones called androgens. Androgens are hormones that are part of male sexual development before birth and during puberty. They also play an important role in both men and women such as regulating hair growth (ironic isn’t it) and sex drive.
There is one hormone in particular called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is known to be an important factor in alopecia. Individuals can have a genetic sensitivity to DHT that causes the follicles to shrink when exposed to it. This shortens their lifespan and can also prevent them from producing hair normally.
What can I do about my alopecia?
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