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What is Androgenetic Alopecia

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Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is a very common form of hair loss, experienced by both men and women. The degree to which each gender experiences this hair loss differs, with women normally experiencing thinning hair, but not complete hair loss resulting in baldness. Men will begin to experience thinning hair and hair loss, normally starting around the temple area. This hair loss then gradually moves up and backwards from the hairline, eventually resulting in partial or nearly complete baldness. It’s estimated that around 70% of Australian men will experience hair loss in their lifetime and up to 40% of Australian women.

The most common hair loss is a result of androgenetic alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common hair loss that can result in permanent hair loss if treatment is not sought out.   The main symptom of experienced when one has androgenetic alopecia is a progressive dispersal of hair loss. This will typically occur throughout the scalp, and not favour patches like with alopecia areata.

Male Pattern Hair Loss & Female Pattern Hair Loss – Androgenetic Alopecia

Male-pattern hair loss is a form of androgenetic alopecia that affects only men. It causes dispersed hair loss that is most prominent along the temple and crown of the head. Its equivalent for women is known as female-pattern hair loss, which is most prevalent along the hairline, though it is also dispersed and not patchy. Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is also referred to as androgenic alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia is typically a hair loss that has been acquired through the gene pool and as a result of having excess levels of the male hormone DHT.  The genetic aspect will usually increase the risk more than any other factor but keep in mind all of the other causes for hair loss as they too must be considered alongside ones genes.
Androgenetic alopecia is also referred to more commonly as ‘male pattern baldness or hair loss’ and ‘female pattern hair loss’, and is also sometimes called DHT hair loss. The name refers to the pattern of hair loss rather than the underlying cause of hair loss, which can be attributed to many things. Most commonly, androgenetic alopecia is a result of the action of the hormone DHT on overly sensitive hair follicles. The effect of the hormone DHT on overly sensitive hair follicles disrupts the natural growth and resting phases of the hair; a process which is referred to as miniaturisation. Hair follicles spend a longer amount of time resting than they do growing, which results in smaller and shorter hairs being produced. The hair follicles themselves also shrink in size and eventually stop producing hair altogether.

The emotional loss Alopecia serves those who experience this kind of hair loss

Men and women can be equally affected emotionally by the loss or thinning of hair, and this can lead to anxiety or depression, low self-esteem, social phobias and lack of confidence. For women, particularly, it can mean a dramatic change to their hairstyle and they may feel a loss of personality. Initially, thinning hair or hair loss can be very gradual and not necessarily noticeable, but eventually, it will necessitate some change in the way women and men naturally choose to style their hair.
The good news is that often the underlying causes of androgenetic alopecia can be addressed and hair loss can be slowed or even reversed. It’s not uncommon for hair loss treatments to result in hair regrowing naturally. This can come about through the use of natural regrowth products, like shampoo for hair regrowth, or through making changes to diet, health and lifestyle. Many causes of hair loss, like ill health or stress or even medications, can be rectified by making the necessary changes in those areas.
Although androgenetic alopecia can also be hereditary, that is, linked to your genes, it doesn’t then follow that you have to accept early hair loss as a matter of course. Starting hair loss treatments, no matter the cause, is often likely to be very successful and result in hair regrowth for both men and women who may be suffering from androgenetic alopecia. Starting treatment for hair loss as early as possible is the best way to treat androgenetic alopecia and gives you the best possible chance of slowing, halting and reversing your hairloss and encouraging hair regrowth.
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