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When light hair becomes a problem: hair loss in women

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10.11.2016

Hair loss is not only common among men. It also affects many women. In contrast to men, in whom the onset of hair loss is often expressed as a receding hairline, the crown area is particularly affected in women. If the loss of hair occurs over the entire head, it is referred to as diffuse hair loss. Hair loss can occur in women at different stages of life, such as after pregnancy or during the menopause. But not only hormonal changes must be considered as a cause of hair fall in women.

Concomitant symptoms of hair loss

Similar to skin problems, hair loss is particularly unpleasant for those affected because it is clearly visible to other people. Hair fundamentally affects our appearance. And full, strong hair is associated with health and attractiveness in our society. That is why hair loss is often not just a purely aesthetic problem for those affected. “Many men also suffer from their hair loss. But women in particular are often unsettled by the loss of their hair and perceive themselves to be less feminine and attractive. The psychological pressure associated with hair loss in women should therefore not be underestimated, ”the pharmacist at the mail-order pharmacy www.mediherz.de points out.

Not all hair loss is the same

The loss of individual hairs is in itself a natural process that is part of the hair growth cycle. A person can lose up to 100 hairs a day without fear of visible hair loss. However, if the hair falls out more and more, so that it appears noticeably thinner overall, or if individual light spots form, it is important to clarify the causes of the hair loss. Incorrect care, hair coloration or exposure to intense heat often lead to increased hair breakage. However, this is not hair loss in the medical sense. If the hair is given the opportunity to regenerate, it will grow back over time. If the natural hair growth is disturbed, it is called alopecia (hair loss). There are different types of hair loss, each due to different causes.

Circular hair loss

This rather rare form of hair loss manifests itself in the sudden formation of locally limited bald spots on the head, face and occasionally on the body. The round or oval bald spots vary in size and can appear individually or distributed over the head. The broken hair at the edges - so-called exclamation point hairs, which get thinner and thinner towards the end - can be easily pulled out. Circular alopecia can occur at any age. The causes that lead to the onset of pathological hair loss have not yet been conclusively clarified. An autoimmune disease is suspected in which the immune system perceives and attacks the hair roots of its own organism as a foreign body. This leads to inflammatory reactions and ultimately the loss of hair in the relevant areas. Since circular hair loss has previously occurred in the family in 10 to 25 percent of cases, genetic factors are likely to play a role. Furthermore, the research does not rule out psychological causes such as excessive stress or shock as a trigger for circular alopecia. Fortunately, with this type of hair loss, hair grows back after a while in most cases. But even if circular hair loss is usually reversible, those affected should find out about the different treatment methods from their doctor in order to prevent the hair loss from progressing.

Scarring hair loss

With diseases of the scalp there is a risk that hair follicles will be irreversibly destroyed and hair will not grow back due to the formation of scars. Causes for this can be bacterial, fungal and viral infections, which are accompanied by itching and painful scalp up to pustules and wounds. Thyroid and autoimmune diseases or wandering shingles can also lead to inflammation of the scalp. In order to avoid further hair loss and unsightly scarring, the original disease should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Those affected with larger scars, for example after injuries or burns, can only be helped with a hair transplant.

Diffuse hair loss

Uniform hair loss that is not limited to a specific area of ​​the head is characteristic of diffuse alopecia. Overall, the hair becomes more and more light, although there is seldom complete hair loss. Because of the multitude of possible causes, it is important to first determine the real cause of the hair loss before treatment. Hormone fluctuations due to childbirth, menopause, or taking or stopping birth control pills can cause hair loss in some women. Diffuse hair loss can also be caused by certain diseases such as hypothyroidism, Crohn's disease or diabetes, or as a side effect of taking some

Medication occur. Possible causes also include:

• Heavy metal poisoning
• Chemotherapy as part of cancer treatment
• severe infections
• Operations under general anesthesia
• High blood loss
• Anorexia

For healthy hair growth, our body depends on an adequate supply of nutrients, vitamins and trace elements. Deficiencies, especially iron deficiency, as a result of one-sided eating habits or strict diets can lead to diet-related hair loss. Iron deficiency can also set in when there is an increased need, for example in adolescents, or due to illnesses and heavy menstrual bleeding. The mail-order pharmacy mediherz.de carries various iron supplements that are used to treat iron deficiency. There are also food supplements with essential vitamins such as biotin and the trace element zinc, especially to strengthen hair growth.
Psychological stress must also be taken into account as a trigger for diffuse hair loss. Sometimes different causes come together, with stress and depression additionally exacerbating hair loss. Therefore, the psychological condition of the person affected should always be taken into account during treatment. Fortunately, diffuse hair loss, which is more common in women than men, is usually a temporary disorder. If the cause is identified and treated, there is a high probability that the hair loss will go away and the hair will grow back.

Hereditary hair loss

Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss. About 60 to 80 percent of men are affected - one sooner, the other later. For women it is 20 to 30 percent. This means that almost one in four adults will have to deal with hereditary hair loss in the course of their life. However, this form of hair loss in women is very rarely expressed in large, completely bald spots on the head, which in men appear in the form of a receding hairline, tonsure or bald head. In women, the hair on the top of the head thins out, which is particularly noticeable in the crown area. Over time, the hair becomes thinner and thinner, so that the translucent scalp becomes visible. Hereditary hair loss in women is noticeable in some cases between the ages of 30 and 40, but usually begins with the menopause. Rarely, women over the age of 20 can also be affected. In contrast to diffuse hair loss, in which hair growth stops by itself through measures to reduce stress or the intake of iron supplements or even after a few months, hereditary hair loss does not reverse. It can be assumed that androgenetic hair loss tends to get worse over the years. Although the cause, i.e. the genetic predisposition, cannot be influenced in this form of hair loss, there are now options for effective treatment of the symptoms. Certain active ingredients such as minoxidil can stop the progression of hair loss and have a positive effect on hair growth. The sooner treatment is started, the better. Because especially in earlier stages of hair loss, the person affected can counteract further hair loss prematurely with the right treatment.

The role of genes in hereditary hair loss

Androgenetic hair loss occurs in most women during the menopause, when the level of estrogen drops due to hormonal changes. However, not all women are necessarily affected by hair loss as a result. Some enjoy their full head of hair well into old age. Likewise, there are many men who have no problems with hair loss. The reason for this is genetic predisposition. In women and men with hereditary hair loss, the hair roots are overly sensitive to endogenous hormones such as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is a conversion product of the male hormone testosterone, which women also produce in small quantities. This hypersensitivity, which is inherent in the genetic material, can be passed on from both the mother and the father, although the influence from the maternal side is much more pronounced. This over-sensitivity manifests itself in the regression of the blood vessels around the hair follicles, which leads to a reduced supply of nutrients to the hair roots. As a result, hair growth slows down. The hair grows thinner and lighter over time, falls out faster and needs longer periods of rest to grow back. Once the hair follicles are completely atrophied, it is irreversible hair loss.

Treatment of hereditary hair loss in women

“There are many remedies that promise women an improvement or even an end to their hair loss. The active ingredient minoxidil has proven itself in clinical studies and proven to be effective in the treatment of hereditary hair loss. And that without interfering with the hormonal balance of women, ”says the pharmacist at the mail order pharmacy www.mediherz.de on the subject of hair loss in women. When applied to the scalp, minoxidil causes the blood vessels to expand, which improves the blood supply and thus also the supply of nutrients to the hair. The active ingredient belongs to the group of so-called antihypertensive drugs. Originally developed as an antihypertensive agent, it is preferred in the treatment of androgenetic hair loss. Due to its stimulating effect on the blood flow to the hair follicles, Minoxidil is used to counteract further hair loss as a result of the insufficient supply of nutrients. The aim of the treatment is still to stimulate the growth of new hair that is in the resting phase and to strengthen the existing hair so that it looks fuller and thicker overall.

Especially for women - Regaine foam with 5% minoxidil

The REGAINE WOMEN products with the active ingredient Minoxidil have been specially developed for the treatment of hereditary hair loss in women and are sold alongside the men's line. There is now an alternative to the REGAINE solution for women - the practical REGAINE foam. For the first time available with a 5 percent concentration of the active ingredient minoxidil, REGAINE foam offers, in addition to its ease of use, the advantage that a single application per day is sufficient to provide targeted medical treatment for hereditary hair loss in women. The results are not immediately recognizable, but require treatment for at least twelve weeks. Patience usually pays off in the end. In eight out of ten users of the REGAINE foam, progression of hair loss could be prevented in this way. Users also report that an increase in hair growth was observed and the overall hair thickness has improved.

Information on using the REGAINE foam

The application of the REGAINE foam is uncomplicated, only takes a few minutes and can be easily integrated into the daily care routine. REGAINE foam is applied directly to the scalp in the thinned area with the fingertips either in the morning or in the evening. One gram of REGAINE foam a day is sufficient for this. The hair can then be styled as usual. So that the active ingredient is completely absorbed by the scalp, the incorporated REGAINE foam should work for at least four hours without the hair being moistened or washed. In most cases, increased hair growth can be observed between the 12th and 16th week of treatment, with the new hair appearing stronger and thicker than before. At the beginning of the treatment, the so-called shedding effect can occur. However, the increased loss of old hair in the initial phase is not a cause for concern, as the effect wears off after a few weeks. New, healthy hair can now grow back. The application should therefore not be terminated prematurely. At the mail-order pharmacy Mediherz.de you can get REGAINE foam in a 2 x 60 gram pack, which is sufficient for a treatment over a period of four months. In the event of visible success, the application with REGAINE foam should be continued, since after stopping the stimulation of the hair growth subsides and after a while the original condition is restored.

Summary

About 20 to 30 percent of women suffer from hereditary alopecia, which is the most common form of hair loss in both men and women. Even if the genetic predisposition itself cannot be treated, good results can be achieved with the active ingredient minoxidil in the treatment of the symptoms of hereditary hair loss. REGAINE foam with 5% Minoxidil supports hair growth in targeted areas through its stimulating effect on the blood circulation in the hair follicles and was able to prevent the progression of hair loss in eight out of ten users.

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