There is little argument that balding and thinning hair in men is more common as well as more socially acceptable than it is in women. However, women can lose their hair too. In fact, women make up forty percent of American hair loss sufferers, according to American Hair Loss statistics. There are many different reasons for female alopecia, or hair loss. While some causes can be controlled or prevented, others cannot. Fortunately, we have ways to treat female hair loss and help women gain a full, confident head of hair at any stage of life.
If you have noticed more strands of hair than usual in the shower drain or on your hairbrush, it may be time to investigate the issue. Here are some top reasons why females experience hair loss: Genetic Unfortunately, your hair loss could be hereditary, called androgenetic alopecia. This is the most common cause of hair loss. The hair loss gene could be passed down from either your mother, your father or both. Alopecia Areata Alopecia areata is another top reason for thinning female hair. This refers to an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks healthy hair follicles. This type of hair loss occurs in both men and women and is often triggered by stress or illness. Certain Medical Conditions There are a variety of medical conditions that cause hair loss, including lupus, hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome. A malfunction in the immune system or alteration in women’s hormones can affect hair growth in women. Women can also lose their hair during chemotherapy and radiation treatment for cancer. Nutrient Deficiency Your diet could also influence how full your head hair is, especially if you are not getting enough iron. Iron deficiency anemia is also a leading cause for female hair loss. As with all of our organs and body functions, a well-balanced and nutrient diet is important. Unhealthy Scalp Skin An unhealthy scalp can cause inflammation that makes it difficult for hair to grow. Skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), psoriasis, and fungal infections make it difficult for hair follicles to grow.
At Olansky Dermatology, we are proud to treat hair loss in both men and women. We understand the intricate types of hair loss and can provide the advanced solutions you need to slow or stop you from losing your hair. We are also qualified to perform the necessary tests you need for a successful hair loss treatment plan.