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Causes of hair loss in men.
Contrary to popular belief, hair loss is not just the plight of an ‘old man’. As early as the teenage years to early twenties men can start to experience hair thinning and loss. Causes of hair loss include androgenetic alopecia, involutional alopecia, alopecia areata, Alopecia universalis, trichotillomania, telogen effluvium, and scarring alopecias.
- The most common cause of hair loss in men is androgenetic alopecia or better known as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB). This is caused by a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone, a by-product of testosterone, that interferes with the anagen phase of hair growth until no new hair grows. It is characterized by a receding hair line and bald spot at the crown. The exact mechanics of MPB are still unknown.
- Involutional alopecia is a natural process in which the hair thins gradually with age. Hair follicles go into the resting phase and the remaining hairs become thinner.
- Alopecia areata typically starts suddenly and in random patches on the scalp.
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Not only does it affect physical appearance, it has deep emotional effects on each individual. Older men may feel it signifies loss of virility and relevance while younger men face feeling ostracized by their peers. At any age they can feel vulnerable and become increasingly withdrawn from loved ones. This is completely normal for anyone, man or woman, facing hair loss and being able to confide in loved ones can provide a major improvement in daily life.