Below, we look at some of the most common reasons for hair falling out in men.
Male Pattern Baldness
Male pattern baldness, known as androgenic alopecia by your doctor, is the most common reason for hair falling out in men. It occurs because of changes in your body. More specifically, it relates to the androgenic steroid DHT produced as a byproduct of testosterone. DHT affects both hair follicle quality and integrity. Although you may not notice the signs until later, this condition starts in your 20s or 30s. About half of men struggle with this hair loss by the age of 50. One of the first signs of hair falling out is a receding hairline. You can also lose hair through vertex baldness, indicated by a bald area forming around the crown of your head.
Hair Falling Out Because of Stress
Excessive stress in your life can also result in hair falling out. Although it is not as common as male pattern baldness, stress related hair loss is called telogen effluvium.
If you suffer a traumatic event in your life or have intense physical or psychological stress for a lengthy period of time, you may notice signs of your hair falling out. It can start because of one specific event or as part of emotional problems, surgery or illness. This type of hair loss affects your whole head at once instead of appearing in the tell-tale patterns of male pattern baldness. If your hair is coming out because of telogen effluvium, your whole head of hair appears thinner and less healthy than before.
Telogen effluvium is not limited to conditions of stress. This hair loss can also occur as a result of poor nutrition or other dietary issues. The most common causes of diet-related telogen effluvium include crash diets and eating disorders. It can occur along with quick weight loss or because you have stopped eating as you should because of stress. Hair falling out can indicate you are not getting enough nutrients in your diet. The vitamins and minerals specifically related to hair growth include iron, zinc, vitamin D and biotin. If you do not have enough of these in your diet, you can soon notice your hair falling out.
Some medications include hair falling out as side effects. These prescription and over-the-counter drugs disrupt the hair’s growth cycle, causing more hair loss than growth.
The most common medications known for leading to hair falling out are cancer treatments. But this can also occur with drugs designed to help treat heart disease and high blood pressure. Other such medications include blood thinners, beta blockers, anticonvulsants, amphetamines, antithyroid medications and oral retinoids.
Medical conditions, like medications and stress, can also lead to hair falling out. Some of the most common health problems associated with hair loss include diabetes, thyroid disease, anemia and lupus. Autoimmune diseases sometimes cause alopecia areata, a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles. This type of loss is typically round and patchy, instead of in the familiar style of male pattern baldness.
Did you know that the grooming and styling products you use can sometimes lead to hair falling out? Most of these products are perfectly safe. But some shampoos, hair color products, chemicals and styling products can actually damage your scalp and hair. This hair loss is generally temporary. Natural hair growth typically resumes when you stop using the offending products.
Learn More about Reasons for Your Hair Falling Out and Treatments for Hair Loss
If you are worried about your hair falling out, your best resource is a hair restoration expert. A medical doctor specializing in hair loss and restoration treatments can diagnose your condition and provide some options to restore the more youthful and healthy appearance of a fuller head of hair. In Raleigh and Apex, North Carolina, Dr. Arthur Zacco is a hair restoration expert providing a range of treatment methods including:
- Follicular unit extraction (FUE)
- Multiple follicular unit (MFU)
- Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
- Strip hair transplant (FUT)
- Exosomes injections
- Hair transplantation
- Hair restoration
To learn the cause of your hair falling out and to discuss possible treatment methods, schedule your in-person or virtual consultation visit with AZ Hair Restoration. Call us today at 919-615-0577.