Why Am I Losing My Hair?

Losing your hair can be stressful enough to make you want to pull your hair out! When you notice it coming out, especially in large amounts, clogging shower drains or discovered on your pillow each morning. Typically, hair loss occurs in men more often than women (it’s even dubbed “male pattern baldness”), there are tons of reasons that cause each gender’s hair to thin or fall out.

Here at Old Bridge Dermatology, we see hair loss issues all the time. It’s nothing to be ashamed about and we’re happy to chat with you about your options! A great way for some people to ease their stress is to find out why their hair is falling out. That’s why we put together this list of hair loss causes.

Causes of hair loss:

  • Normal aging process. Hair thinning is just one of the many changes our bodies go through as we age. If your hair is falling out as your age climbs, you can accept that, or you have combat options like medicines or hair transplant procedures.
  • Poor nutrition. A lack of essential nutrients like iron and protein have been linked to healthy hair. On the inverse, too much Vitamin A can also cause some thinning.
  • Autoimmune diseases. Alopecia areata is one of the main diseases that cause hair to fall out. A dermatologist can help promote hair growth in areas that have been left smooth from the disease.
  • Skin conditions. Skin diseases or conditions like dandruff, psoriasis, ringworm, and others could cause hair loss. A professional dermatologist can help treat any of these issues and set you on your way back to healthy hair growth.
  • Too much product. Hair care chemicals can come with a myriad of products that – if used in excess – can be damaging to your hair. Over-washing your hair or applying too much heat can also damage your hair and cause it to fall out.

We know that figuring out exactly why you’re losing your hair can be frustrating – that’s why you should leave it to a skin care professional to do that sleuthing! Our dermatologist, Dr. Juan Vaillant, has over 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating dermatological issues. Give our conveniently located Old Bridge, NJ office a call today at (732) 679-0222 for an appointment.