What causes hair loss at an early age?

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  • Hair loss can happen to both male and female, young and old
  • A dermatologist explained that this may be due to two reasons — male and female pattern baldness or alopecia areata
  • She also suggested how these can be treated especially now that there are modern tools available 

Have you ever wondered why, even at a young age, you have already started losing some of your hair?

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While ageing has something to do with hair loss because the hair follows a cycle, dermatologist Dr. Windie Hayano explained that male and female pattern baldness is hereditary and a hormone called dihydrotestosterone which is derived from testosterone might be responsible for it.

“There are people who are sensitive to that hormone if they inherit that character. And they will be prone to baldness,” she explained during an interview with GMA.

“Actually, the normal process of hair follows a cycle for everybody, boys and girls. It grows, plateaus, and then it will eventually fall out,” Hayano said; adding that one might not notice it but the normal hair loss is 100 strands daily.”

Another condition is called alopecia areata, wherein there is a shiny part on the head where hair no longer grows. She explained that stress can trigger this no matter how old you are because it affects the immune system.

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Males who are experiencing pattern baldness may take finasteride, which is not recommended for women. Meanwhile, those with alopecia areata may try steroids and injectables but Hayano said that it is important to find out the root cause of the problem so the condition won’t persist.  She also advised making use of modern tools and trying hair implants.

The dermatologist also explained that using hair dyes does not affect or contribute to hair loss, unless one is allergic to it because it may cause contact dermatitis that will result in w0unds.

Hayano also reminded everyone to eat nutritious food. “Eat properly because nutrition is important for the skin,” she said.

Source :

GMA , Mayo Clinic