What causes hair loss?

What causes male pattern baldness?

Typically, a person loses anywhere from 50 to 100 days each day. Most of the time this goes unnoticed, with a majority of people not thinking twice about just a few follicles jumping ship. For those who experience male pattern baldness, however, this is a completely different story. For those who are losing substantial amounts of hair, the first question they often ask is what is actually causing the loss.

"For those who are losing substantial amounts of hair, the first question they often ask is what is actually causing the loss."

The simplest answer is, in fact, genetics. If hair loss runs through a family, chances are it will affect all of the men at some point in their lives. This sort of hair loss happens gradually and in patterns that are completely predictable. A receding hairline and bald spots in men can be seen in older generations, and the actual loss of the follicles in men with hereditary issues can begin as early as puberty.

Of course, genetics only tell one part of the story. Environmental and dietary factors can also play a major role, especially if a person does not eat healthy foods on a consistent basis. Hormonal changes can also result in hair loss, though this is seen more often in women than men, such as the onset of menopause or during a pregnancy. An infection can also invade the scalp and lead to scaly patches and overall hair loss.

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