Age related hair loss can be difficult enough to accept, but when one starts losing hair during their teenage years it can be down-right devastating. Genetics, medical issues, hormonal changes, and nutrient deficiency are just some of the factors that can trigger sudden and severe hair loss among teens. But with early intervention the condition can be fully reversible.
Let’s examine some of the causes of teenage hair loss and the treatment options available.
The Early Signs & Symptoms
- Gradually receding hairline
- Patches or scaling on scalp
- Above average or sudden hair loss
- Clumps of hair on the pillow, comb, or brush
- Bald patches
- Thinning on the temples
- Hair loss on the frontal scalp
Causes Of Teenage Hair Loss
While there are numerous reasons for hair loss among teenagers are varied, these are among the most common. Some conditions are gender-specific but most can occur in young men and women.
Male Pattern Baldness – Also known as androgenic alopecia, this is a common disorder among males that can start as early as the teen years. It often starts with a receding hair line and lack of hair on top of the head. Fortunately, it can be controlled if treated early.
Telogen Effluvium – Severe or sudden physical or emotional shock, like those from weight loss, surgery, pregnancy, and illness can lead to this temporary, reversible condition.
Alopecia Areata – This is an autoimmune disease where the immune system destroys healthy hair follicles. In most cases, the process begins with small, round bald batches on the scallop that gradually increase. It’s a condition most commonly affecting those below the age of 30.
Trichotillomania – This is a rare mental disorder that causes one to pull out their own hair, not just on the scalp but eyebrows, eye lashes, etc. Females are more likely to suffer from trichotillomania than males.
Ringworm – Ringworm is a fungal infection that inflames the skin and can lead to scarring, which can cause hair loss if not promptly and thoroughly treated.
Medication – Certain medications can contribute to hair loss, such as those for acne, antifungal treatments, antidepressants, blood pressure medication, or those prescribed to treat a severe infection.
Chemical Treatments – Harsh, chemical-based styling treatments like perming, bleaching, and straightening can dry hair out, damage the cuticle, and weaken the root.
Malnutrition – A diet lacking in vitamins A, C, D, E, iron, zinc, folic acid, biotin and many others can cause hair to thin or fall out.
Stress – Severe or prolonged stress can become a trigger point for hair loss at any age, including the teen years.
Managing and Treating Teenage Hair Loss
The right treatment options largely depend on the contributing factors. In many cases, reducing and managing stress, consuming a healthy, nutrient-dense diet, getting high quality and ample sleep, using products specifically formulated for your hair type, and avoiding harsh treatments and styling products can help immensely. Some may benefit from hair growth supplements – but consult your doctor before taking any.
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