Preventing Female Hair Loss


| 4/12/2016 2:20:06 PM



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Contrary to popular belief, increased hair shedding is not solely a male problem. The North American Hair Research Society says that about 50% of women in their 50s suffer from hair loss.

Genetics and underlying medical problems, such as hormone imbalance, are primary reasons behind this condition. However, hair loss in women can also be due to lifestyle behaviors. Drastic weight loss, styling and even trips to the beauty salon are all overlooked causes of hair loss on women.

If you’re a woman struggling with hair loss, here are some factors that may be contributing to your problem.

Pharmaceutical side effects

According to the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA), some pharmaceutical drugs developed to treat acne, high blood pressure, epilepsy, depression and gout have hair loss as a side effect, some examples are Accutane (isotretinoin), Lopid (gemfibrozil), Paxil (paroxetine), Amphetamines and more. Patients are advised to ask their doctors about the side effects of prescribed medicines and to do their own research.



Ditch the hair dryer

Excessive use of blow dryers, flat irons and other appliances can lead to humiliating hair loss. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns that high heat from hair appliances leave the hair brittle and prone to breakage.



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