Complete Dermatologist Guide on Alopecia Or Hair LossAugust 26, 2021 2021-08-26 10:19
Complete Dermatologist Guide on Alopecia Or Hair Loss
Complete Dermatologist Guide on Alopecia Or Hair Loss
Are you losing sleep over hair loss? Read this article to know dermatologist recommended hair re-growth products like shampoo, hair oil, serum, vitamins etc.In this article, we have provided complete dermatologist guide on hair loss.
How many hair falling out can lead to baldness?
Hair loss of 100 hairs per day is normal. But, it is very difficult to gauge when this limit of 100 hairs is crossed. Here are 7 warning signs when you should consult your dermatologist:
- Bunch of hair while combing or shampooing your hair.
- Hair on your pillow, beddings or floor.
- Thinner and smaller hair strands.
- Visible bald scalp.
- Receding of the frontal hairline in males. You might notice broadening of the forehead. Your barber might prompt loss of hair on your vertex while doing hair cut.
- In females, widening of central parting and reduction in the volume of the ponytail.
- Positive hair pull test: Pull a bunch of approximately 100 hair using moderate pressure. If you get more than 6 hair, then it is an indicator that you are having active hair fall. Dr Surbhi, MD has shown hair pull test in the end of this video:
Type of hair loss
There are 4 major types of hair loss- patchy, diffuse, male pattern and female pattern as shown in this video:
Causes hair loss
The cause of hair loss depends of the types of hair loss. We have listed the reason of each type below:
Telogen Effluvium (or diffuse hair loss)
Telogen effluvium is most common cause of hair loss in female. Watch this video to know more:
Following are the common causes of diffuse hair fall:
Physical or mental stress that mandates you to take bed rest can result in hair loss. For example high-grade fevers (typhoid, malaria, etc.), major surgery, severe trauma, bereavement etc.
You might get hair loss after 3 months of Covid, even if mild.
Any chronic medical disease can result in hair loss. For example cancers, chronic kidney or liver diseases, tuberculosis etc.
Hormones are important in maintaining hair cycle. Hypo/hyperthyroidism, polycystic ovarian diseases (PCOD), discontinuation of oral contraceptive pills and delivery can cause hair loss.
Hormonal cause should be suspected in following situations:
- change in your menstrual cycles
- weight gain
- pimples on the jaw line or near your menses
- thick dark hair on the face
Post-Partum hair loss:
Diffuse hair loss in mother and baby is common 3-6 months post-delivery and it usually stops in a few months. To know more, click postpartum hair loss.
Hair loss can occur if you are not taking enough proteins, vitamins, minerals etc.
Your hair loss could be due to medicines for high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, psychiatric diseases, hormonal imbalance etc.
Normal day stress is unlikely to cause hair loss. Undue stress like bereavement, loss of a job, depression etc. can cause hair fall.
Without any reason or Idiopathic:
In females at the age of 30-60 years sudden shedding and thinning of hair occur without any reason. You may have hair shedding all over the scalp, especially temporal area.
In my experience, nutrition or hormone are common cause of Diffuse hair loss.
Male Pattern Hair Loss:
Male pattern baldness or Androgenetic Alopecia presents with receding frontal hairline and hair loss from the vertex as shown below:
It is caused by genetic tendency, which can be transmitted from both mother anf father side.
Female Pattern Hair Loss:
In Female pattern Baldness, hair fall from the centre of head leading to widening the central parting. The bald area looks like a Christmas tree. Watch the video to know more:
This type of hair loss is because of genes or PCOD. You might have a family member with a similar type of hair loss.
Which is dermatologist recommended hair oil?
Hair oil with potent hair growth-promoting herbs like Bringraj, Rosemary, Brahmi, Curry leaf oil, etc. are definitely worth a try.
Here is the list of best dermatologist recommended hair oil.
Which are dermatologist recommended hair serum?
Dermatologists usually recommend hair growth serums that contain Bio-peptides to stimulate the growth of your hair.
Please check out this list of best hair regrowth serums that has proven ingredients.
Which is dermatologist recommended shampoo?
Let us be clear, shampoo alone cannot stop hair fall alone, you have to treat the cause as discussed earlier.
Click on this link for the list of best hair regrowth shampoos.
Which vitamins should I take to reduce hair loss?
Vitamins can both stop your hair fall and help in regrowth provided you eat the right one. Dermatocare research team analysed the composition of popular hair supplements in India, US, UK and Canada.
Does LASER cap help in hair growth?
Yes, there are many studies that demonstrate that Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is helpful if done for 15-25 minutes at least 3 times a week. However, results are slow. Increase hair density and diameter is noticed after regular use for 4-6 months.
LASER caps are most effective in male and female pattern hair loss. This kind of hair loss is lifelong irreversible process. Therefore, LASER cap can be a safe and effective buddy for patterned hair loss. But, make sure that you buy FDA approved LASER caps only.
Home remedies for hair regrowth
Hair regrowth diet: Read this article for the hair regrowth diet plan, What should I eat to regrow my hair.
Proper scalp care: Avoid vigorous massage because the new hair is not that strongly rooted. Stop harsh chemicals eg hair dye, hair wax, straightening products. Even steaming during hair spa might cause hair fall.
Healthy Lifestyle: Good diet, sleep and exercise is key to maintain the hair growth lifelong. We at our clinic recommend patients to follow lifestyle given in this video:
What is treatment of hair fall?
Dermatologist treat hair fall by removing the cause, giving vitamins, serum or Minoxidil.
Minoxidil is the oldest and most effective hair regrowth product. It is available OTC in US and only on prescription in India. Lot of patients fear using Minoxidil because of wrong information put on the internet. Please read this article to clear all your doubts regarding the use of Minoxidil, Minoxidil Or Rogaine Reviews- From A Dermatologist
Derma-rollers: Derma-roller contains multiple pins which when rolled on your scalp stimulate the growth of hair and helps in penetration of Minoxidil lotion.
Meso-therapy: This consists of injecting vitamins and minerals required for growth of hair into your scalp near the hair roots.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy: This is a new technique in which your blood is withdrawn, and the factors which help in hair growth are extracted and injected into hair roots.
Stem cell therapy: This is still the controversial entity that claims to use factors extracted from stem cells to stimulate hair.
Hair transplant: This procedure has gained rapid popularity in Male pattern baldness.