Seeing a Dermatologist for Hair Loss

It can be unnerving to notice that your hair is thinning or shedding excessively. Hair loss is a common problem, especially in males, but can occur in women and children as well due to a number of reasons. These may include hereditary hair loss and other hair disorders, improper diet or hair care, hormonal changes, and other diseases and medications.

Reasons for Hair Loss

  • Hereditary hair loss is the most common cause and is seen in over 80 million people. Many choose not to treat it, but others seek help from dermatologists to treat it topically or by other processes like hair transplants.
  • Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that causes smooth round areas of bald skin. Dermatologists can help the hair regrow in these areas more quickly.
  • People who have cicatricial alopecia form scarred patches of skin and therefore cannot regrow hair. Dermatologists treat this condition by reducing inflammation of the hair follicles to prevent further hair loss.
  • Skin diseases on the scalp, such as psoriasis, dandruff and fungal infections like ringworm can also cause hair loss. Dermatologists can treat these skin conditions and help increase hair growth.
  • Improper hair care such as using too many hair products, excessive washing, drying or applying heat can also lead to hair loss. Follow these hair care tips for healthier hair.
  • Following pregnancy, many women experience hair loss due to hormonal changes following birth. Hair starts to regrow after several months.
  • A diet deficient in protein and iron, or with excessive vitamin A can lead to hair loss. A proper diet can help hair regrow.

To determine the cause of your hair loss, it is important to consult with an experienced dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for over 30 years and treats all areas of dermatology including acne, eczema, dandruff, nail fungus, and skin cancer. Dr. Vaillant also specializes in anatomic and clinical pathology and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English. If you have any dermatological concerns, please call our Old Bridge office at (732) 679-0222 to schedule an appointment!