Hair Loss: The Facts

By | November 26, 2014

factsA large proportion of us suffer from hair loss. For most of us the cause is not medical but simply part of getting old. For some the problem is caused by some type of medical condition but these cases are few and in the minority.

For 50% of men and 30% or women at the age of 50 the problem is caused by “pattern baldness” or “Androgenic Alopecia”.

Treatments

There have been 2 treatments which have been approved by official government bodies: MHRA in the UK and the FDA in the USA, these are:

  • Minoxidil: a topical drug which is rubbed into your scalp and is proven to increase hair growth. It is available over the counter without a prescription or you can order it online. The original and still major brand is Regaine/Rogaine.
  • Finasteride: a tablet which you take every day (brand name Propecia). This is prescription only.

Alternatives

The are other solutions to the hair loss problem however which include transplants and scalp reductions to concealers.

Developing a brand new medicine can be very expensive so many companies in this sector spend their time creating new formulas which exhibit a beneficial effect on the scalp, such as reducing the rate of loss – these are not medicines or treatments however.

Hair fibres like Nanogen are another option which come under the concealer umbrella. They are best suited to those with who’s alopecia is not severe as they work by increasing the thickness of you existing strands. Results can be instantaneous and quite impressive.

Hair Loss Types

The medical term Alopecia describes many different types of thinning:

Androgenetic Alopecia

Also know as male pattern baldness it is by far the most common – especially in men. It is caused by our changing levels or hormones as we age. Many will have a genetic predisposition to it passed down from either parent making it more likely to occur.

Alopecia Areata

This is a type of baldness which can effects anyone at any age – in fact it is very common for suffers to be in their teen when the first experience it. Scientists are not sure why it occurs but it is thought to be an immunity reaction. The baldness occurs in patches which change position over time.

Traction Alopecia

This id definitely one which is more common in women because it is cause by styling your hair too tightly be it in a pony tail or weave. This over tightening causes too much stress for the follicle, so much so that it breaks. The shedding is most common when the strands are usually pulled the tightest, which is around the hairline.

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