Hair loss or Alopecia is a very common condition that affects a variety of people, whether it’s from natural causes or other causes. Alopecia can affect both genders and it can have a negative effect on confidence and self-esteem. If you are curious about the types of hair loss, the treatments available, and what the causes are, then here are 10 facts about hair loss that you may or may not know.
- A positive history on the mother’s side may be of great significance for female pattern baldness development. Hair loss in more than one family member and in one’s grandparents may also indicate a higher risk of disease development.
- Androgenic alopecia is the most common cause of hair loss both in women and men. It is a chronic disease and it progresses with time. The onset time and intensity vary depending on the geographical location, but the intensity always tends to increase with age.
- Studies have shown that consumption of highly processed foods, rich in simple sugars is one of the indirect factors causing excessive hair loss.
- It’s a common myth that frequent hat wearing causes hair loss, due to disrupting airflow to the scalp. This is a myth, hair follicles actually get oxygen from the bloodstream rather than the air.
- Hair loss can happen at any age. According to Brett King, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, alopecia areata has a fairly even distribution through the first 40 years of life, and many people have their first episode before they graduate from high school.
- Forms of alopecia such as central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA), and frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA), happen during the 30s, 40s, and 50s.
- Female-pattern baldness tends to strike later, during the postmenopausal years.
- Hair loss affects approximately 40% of women by age 50, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
- In June 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor called Olumiant (baricitinib) for alopecia areata. In one study, a third of patients who took Olumiant daily achieved 80% hair coverage after 36 weeks compared to just 3% of those who popped a placebo.
*For informational purposes only. The information presented herein is general in nature and is not intended to substitute the advice of a physician or other health care professional.