Characteristics of baldness

Alopecia natural treatment

What is baldness or alopecia?

Baldness, hair loss, or alopecia is produced by the fall of one’s hair and its inability to renew, so that the scalp becomes partly or completely devoid of it.

Hair growth arrest primarily affects men. More and more cases of women with this problem occur nowadays, although they are not as drastic in women as they use to be in men.

Symptoms of baldness

The main symptoms of alopecia are: Hair loss, hair thinning, hair devoid plaque formation, hair with low vitality, etc.

Causes of baldness

There are many causes that can lead to hair loss. Among all of them, we can mention the following:

Genetic causes: Often baldness has a genetic cause. In most men hair loss occurs, wholly or partly, because of the existence of hormones (dihydrotestosterone) that control the hair follicles. These are not able to produce new hairs after the previous ones fell, giving rise to androgenic alopecia. There is an increasing proportion of women that suffer the same problem, showing thinner and less abundant hair.

Physical causes: There are some skin diseases that can cause alopecia, such as ringworm. Hormonal disorders, such as it happens in hyperthyroidism or menopause weaken the hair, making it thinner. A low production of thyroids (hypothyroidism) produces too thick hair. Other common diseases for hair loss are, for example, secondary syphilis or the low presence of iron in the blood (anemia) etc.

Psychological causes: Stress, personal distress or unpleasant emotional states are often usual producers of alopecia.

Chemicals: The use of certain chemicals, such as chemotherapy for cancer treatment, unsuitable shampoos, too rich in detergents, that make our hair to become more and more oily, or other aggressive components can attack it and provoke baldness.

Unsuitable diet: Poor nutrition can make our body not have the necessary amount of certain components for our hair to be healthy. It has been shown that a deficiency of iron, copper, zinc, silica, pyridoxine (vitamin B6) or biotin (vitamin B7) may cause alopecia. Similarly, lack of proteins or fat, very typical in people subjected to strict slimming diets (low-fat diets) or very common in poor countries, can deliver the same result.

Unknown causes: Sometimes hair loss occurs for non apparent reasons.

Diagnostic and treatment of baldness

Proper treatment of baldness requires a preliminary study to determine what are the real causes of hair not being able to renew.

Among the most usual official treatments, minoxidil has proved to be the most effective treatment for alopecia androgenic, specially for young men that realize their hair line is receding. Some ointments on men’s scalp with products containing testosterone can be useful to avoid dihydrotestosterone formation which is mainly responsible for men baldness.

When some of these treatments are not effective, hair transplants can be a final solution.

Along with a proper treatment provided by a doctor or dermatologist, there are a number of natural treatments that can aid to supplement conventional treatments.

At the same time, if we follow some very simple tips, many problems of the hair can be prevented or resolved more easily.

The natural treatment of baldness involves using a series of natural remedies that can help prevent or improve it.

More information about baldness and their natural treatment.

Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

28 March, 2019

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