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August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Lost hair caught in a brush

Hair loss affects more than 50 million men and 30 million women in the US alone and for many, the emotional and social effects can be devastating. That’s why the American Academy of Dermatology has designated August as National Hair Loss Awareness Month, working to boost access to information on the common causes for hair loss and available treatments.

Do you know the top hair loss types for women and men?

For men, the most common culprits are involutional alopecia, androgenetic alopecia and alopecia ariata. Involutional alopecia is the gradual thinning of the hair that comes with age and progresses as hair follicles go into the telogen phase. More commonly known as the resting phase, this results in fewer and shorter hairs growing.

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness and can hit as early as the teens or early 20s. It’s marked by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the top of the scalp.

Alopecia areata is markedly different, as it’s actually an autoimmune skin disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks hair follicles. This can result in hair loss not only on the scalp, but elsewhere on the body as well. Fortunately, though a definitive cause has yet to be identified, this condition generally is not permanent.

Women also experience alopecia areata and androgenetic alopecia. The latter is the most common form, in this case known as female pattern balding. It’s marked by more widespread thinning all across the scalp and often first noticed via a widened part or thinner ponytail.

Telogen effluvium is perhaps one of the most troubling forms of hair loss for women, as it comes suddenly and can involve handfuls of hair falling out at once. It typically is triggered by a stressful event, but nearly always is reversible.

Lastly, traction alopecia is caused by tight hairstyles that can cause pulling damage to the hair follicles. Common culprits are braids, cornrows, tight ponytails, extensions and weaves. Fortunately, if it’s detected early, it’s generally reversible.

If you’re suffering unexplained hair loss, visit your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearney, Teaneck, Jersey City, West New York or Staten Island today.

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