Hair loss is primarily caused by DHT. This androgen accumulates in the scalp of men and short-circuits the normal hair production process. While DHT accounts for the vast majority of male pattern baldness, there are other hair loss causes which don’t involve this testosterone-derived compound. If you are losing hair at a far higher rate than the normal rate of fifty to one hundred hairs daily, you might want to check these other factors and consult with your primary physician regarding possible solutions or treatments for these conditions.
As you get older many of your skin’s nutrient levels decrease and your hair begins to thin, go gray, or you start losing hair. Treating hair loss due to age might be a simple matter of replacing the nutrients your skin loses as you advance in age. You might also need to change certain elements in your lifestyle to ensure better scalp health and a fuller head of hair.
DHT is a hormone-based cause of hair loss. DHT is the main reason why many men go bald. With that said, guys who may have dodged the DHT bullet earlier in their lives might lose hair later on in life if they suffer a hormone imbalance. Don’t think that just because your hair didn’t start thinning at puberty that you are completely in the clear It only takes a hormone imbalance later in life for you to go bald later in your life. If you detect this is happening, consult with your physician regarding treatment options.
Medical issues or Illnesses
There are certain medical conditions which trigger hair loss. These can range from thyroid issues to alopecia. Alopecia is particularly worrisome because your own body’s immune response system is responsible for your hair loss. Your immune system shuts down your hair follicles and you go bald. Certain scalp infections and fungi can cause baldness. The good news with this type of baldness is that once the underlying infection is stamped out, hair comes back. There is also a wide range of skin diseases that interfere with your hair or hair growth. Again, once these conditions are cured, the hair comes back. Finally, there are certain diseases which require chemical treatments that knock out hair growth. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy are quite notorious for their hair follicle-killing qualities.
Other medical conditions which have medicines that can cause temporary baldness include high blood pressure, heart conditions, and depression.
Hair loss is not a simple matter of isolating one factor, cutting out that factor, and knocking out hair loss. It doesn’t work that way. In fact, hair loss is a concert symphony composed of different factors that combine to either full baldness or partial baldness or thin, but still intact, hair. Any talk, any responsible talk at least, regarding preventing hair loss must acknowledge this basic fact. Current studies show definitively that DHT causes hair loss. DHT is the prime mover in thinning hair. That much is undisputed. However, just because you have high DHT levels doesn’t mean you are condemned to baldness. It isn’t that simple. There are many other mitigating factors that work in your favor. You will still lose hair, but it might not be as bad as someone who didn’t take the right precautions with these mitigating factors. Keep the following in mind when trying to prevent hair loss.
While DHT is the real cause of hair loss, its effects can be aggravated by what we do. In short, environmental triggers can worsen hair loss. Conversely, remedial practices might stall hair loss or arrest it indefinitely. For example, if you like wearing caps, bandanas, or you like to put hair spray on your hair, you might be damaging your scalp’s ability to fight off DHT’s effects. Give your scalp some space and air to breathe and otherwise nasty DHT effects might be minimized. Do yourself a favor by giving your scalp a rest.
The role of stress in hair loss cannot be underestimated. Your stress levels can lull you into a lifestyle where you’re not eating right and putting lots of environmental stress on your whole body-including your scalp. When you fail to eat right, you might be depriving yourself of critical skin-boosting nutrients. Healthy hair requires healthy skin. Once your skin’s overall health level is depressed, DHT can cause lots of damage.
Keep the following factors in mind when trying to prevent further hair loss. Take care of your scalp, eat right, and keep stress levels low. While DHT is the real cause of male pattern baldness, its effects are largely determined by other factors. Keep control over these other factors and you may be able to significantly minimize DHT’s effects on your hair line and/or scalp.
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