Hair loss is frustrating! As we get older, thinning, balding, and a receding hairline seem inevitable, and it becomes more of a habit to style your hair differently or find a way to cover it up. When your hair starts to thin or fall out, it can be troubling. If you are experiencing hair loss, a board-certified dermatologist can help determine what type of hair loss you have and recommend treatment options.
With more than 100,000 hair follicles on your scalp, about 85-90 percent of your hair is growing at any time. This growth phase lasts between two and six years.
Ten to 15 percent of your hair is in a resting (telogen) phase. This phase lasts two to three months. At the end of this phase, the hair falls out. It is normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day; this should not be cause for alarm.
When you shed a hair, a new hair from the same hair follicle (structure that contains the hair root) replaces it. This starts the growing cycle again.
The hair on your head grows approximately half an inch per month. As you age, the rate of hair growth slows.
This is the most common cause of hair loss. It is also known as male pattern baldness, female pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia. You can inherit the baldness trait from either side of your family. Hereditary hair loss can start in your teens, 20s or 30s, or later, especially in women, who may experience hair loss after menopause.
Men with hereditary hair loss may see a receding hairline and bald patches, especially on top of their head. Women may see thinning hair and a wider part when they style their hair, but they usually do not become fully bald.
Illness, stress and other events can cause too many hairs to enter the resting (telogen) phase of the hair growth cycle. This leads to a large increase in hair shedding (effluvium) over a short period of time. This condition causes hair thinning, but it usually does not result in bald patches.
Some causes of telogen effluvium include:
In many cases, telogen effluvium goes away after the cause is no longer affecting your body.
In some cases of hair loss, such as those caused by alopecia areata, hair will regrow on its own over time. While there is no cure for hereditary hair loss, treatment may help some patients regrow their hair. Because scarring hair loss has the
potential to become permanent if the hair follicle is destroyed during the active phase of disease, it is important to seek treatment early.
A board-certified dermatologist can identify the cause of your hair loss and recommend the treatment that is best for you. Your doctor may do a blood test to help determine the cause.
Treatment plans may include:
At Cortina, treating hair loss is easy. Simply take an online assessment, get a treatment plan from a Board-Certified Dermatologist, and your customized medication will be delivered to your door. Get started today!
Your hairstyle and some of the products you use on your hair can cause hair loss.
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