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Published on: 17 Jul 2017 by toriwilson

Why Your Hair Is Falling Out At A Young Age

Hair loss is typically associated with older people, particularly men. But it is also common for young adults and teenagers to experience balding, shedding and thinning of hair. When this problem occurs, hair loss can affect your confidence, self-esteem and social life. Sometimes, it could even lead to bullying.

If you are experiencing the signs of hair loss, rest assured that this is a normal problem among teens. It has been cited by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery that patients as young as fifteen years old experience hair loss. This problem is mainly driven by the physical changes your body has to go through. Sometimes lifestyle choices play a role in the occurrence of this problem.

Heredity

Among the reasons of premature hair loss, your genes are most likely at the op of the list. Even if you are strictly living a healthy lifestyle, your genetic makeup can make your body express this characteristic.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if one of your parents has had the same experience during their early adulthood, you will most likely go through the same problem too. This is why many young adults, as young as eighteen years old are already suffering from a receding hairline and thinning of their hair.

Trichotillomania

This is a psychological disorder wherein you unconsciously pull or pluck your hair. This problem typically occurs to teens, often leading to patches of thinned hair or even baldness.

To resolve this problem, you can consult a behavioral therapist or a mental health professional. Some behavioral modifications can be implemented to help reduce the incidence of trichotillomania.

Hormonal Roller Coaster

Women tend to shed their hair due to hormonal changes. The North American Hair Research Society said that 50% of women suffer from hair loss before they hit the age of fifty. Aside from age, hormones during puberty and pregnancy can also lead to hair loss.

Though this period can be embarrassing, hormone levels will eventually normalize in a few months and your hair should start growing back.

Androgenetic Alopecia

This is perhaps the most common cause of hair loss among males at any age. Though this pattern baldness is common among men over the age of fifty, teens and young adults can be suffering from this problem too.

Medication

Medication is also a common reason why teens and young adults lose their hair. Medical treatments to certain issues like acne breakouts, birth control and thyroid disorders can cause hair loss.

If you are under some type of medication, talk to your doctor about its side effects to find a possible resolution to hair thinning or baldness.

Hair Styling

It is true that some men and women, no matter what their age are, have better hair than others. This is because hair care is a factor in retaining a head full of healthy hair. Styling your hair chemically such as permanent curls, straighteners, relaxers and other treatments can also lead to hair cells breakage and hair loss.

The Cleveland Clinic also stated that shampooing too often stresses your hair follicles and can cease the production of new hair. The American Academy of Dermatology backs this findings and recommends to shampoo less and limit tight hairstyles.

Losing your hair can ultimately affect your appeal and self-esteem. Therefore, it is important to check this problem with your doctor to rule out more serious cases. The possibilities include lupus, thyroid disease, anemia or even ringworm.

Hair loss is sometimes a sign of poor nutrition or an eating disorder. But if you cannot find any other resolution to this problem, it is best to schedule an appointment with a doctor. Ask if you are a candidate for a hair transplant procedure and you can go from there. Discussing this with your doctor can potentially open other forms of treatments that might be effective for you.

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