What triggers androgenic alopecia?

Androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, is a common type of hair loss that affects millions of people around the world. It is caused by the presence of androgens, hormones that are present in both men and women.

One of the main triggers of androgenic alopecia is genetics. If you have a family history of male or female pattern baldness, you are more likely to develop this condition yourself. In fact, genetics play a significant role in determining whether or not you will experience hair loss and how severe it will be.

Another trigger of androgenic alopecia is aging. As we get older, our hair follicles begin to shrink and produce thinner, shorter hairs. This is a natural part of the aging process, and it can lead to hair loss and thinning.

Hormonal changes can also trigger androgenic alopecia. The hormones that are responsible for hair growth can become imbalanced, leading to hair loss. This can happen during menopause, pregnancy, and other times when hormone levels fluctuate.

Certain medications can also cause hair loss as a side effect. Some examples include blood thinners, antidepressants, and beta blockers. If you are taking any medications and are experiencing hair loss, it is important to talk to your doctor to determine if the medication could be the cause.

It is important to note that androgenic alopecia is not a disease and is not a sign of poor health. It is a natural part of the aging process, and there are many treatment options available that can help to slow or stop hair loss. If you are concerned about hair loss, it is best to talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action.

Dr. Amy Revene
Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Revene M.B.B.S. A dedicated General Physician at New Hope Medical Center, holds a distinguished academic background from the University of Sharjah. Beyond her clinical role, she nurtures a fervent passion for researching and crafting hair care and cosmetic products. Merging medical insights with her love for dermatological science, Dr. Revene aspires to improve well-being through innovative personal care discoveries.

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