Hair loss can start suddenly or progress slowly over decades, with many patients struggling to understand the cause. In fact, by age 50, approximately 85% of men have experienced hair loss.
Here are 5 reasons you may be experiencing hair loss:
Genetics – Common baldness (also called pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia) is an inherited trait that can come from either your mother or father’s side of the family. Medical treatments are very effective when started early. Surgical options are appropriate for more significant hair loss.
Traction alopecia – This is progressive hair loss that results from tight hair styles, such as tight pony tails or braids.
Inflammatory conditions – These are scarring conditions that include Lichen planopilaris (LPP) and Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA). Treatment must begin early to prevent permanent loss of hair.
Autoimmune conditions – At times, the body’s immune system attacks its own hair follicles. The classic example is alopecia areata. If limited, this condition will respond dramatically to local treatments.
Stress – Stress-related hair loss can be significant but fortunately it is almost always temporary. The key is removing the cause of stress through lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and exercise.
Updated: 2023-08-15 | Published: 2020-11-10