Both men and women, as well as children and adults, can experience hair loss. At Eagle Dermatology, Gabriel Guerrero, DO, works to determine the root cause of your hair loss and find a solution that works for you and your hair. With an office in Eagle, Idaho, our board-certified dermatologist Dr. Guerrero can help you with your hair loss. Call the office today or go online to book your initial consultation at Eagle Dermatology.
Hair loss, which is sometimes called alopecia, occurs when your hair’s natural hair growth cycle becomes disrupted or hair follicles become damaged.
In a healthy head of a hair, 50-100 hairs fall out each day, but don’t result in noticeable thinning, as new hairs replace them. When this process fails, the hair follicle doesn’t replace the lost hair and hair thinning begins.
The underlying cause of this hair cycle failure is often related to:
Although you can’t prevent all hair loss, you can make your scalp and hair as healthy as possible, which may lower your risk of hair loss or slow the process. Dr. Guerrero recommends eating a healthy diet consisting primarily of real, whole foods to provide your skin and hair the nutrients they need.
In addition to eating the right foods, you must treat your hair gently. This means avoiding tight hairstyles like buns and braids, as well as any compulsive hair twisting or pulling. When you wash and detangle your hair, do so gently, preferably with a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush.
You should avoid harsh treatments, such as curling irons and perms, as well as chemicals that can strip your hair of its natural protectants.
Dr. Guerrero determines the right course of treatment for your hair loss based on a variety of factors, including its cause and severity.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved two different medications for the treatment of hair loss. Minoxidil, sold as Rogaine, is an over-the-counter medication that gets rubbed into your scalp twice a day. Finasteride, sold as Propecia, is a prescription medication for men that you take daily.
If these treatments don’t improve your hair loss, Dr. Guerrero may talk about trying a wig or hairpiece. With a good quality wig, you can get natural-looking hair to either permanently or temporarily cover your missing locks.
If you’re concerned about hair loss, call Eagle Dermatology today or schedule your appointment online.