Besides acne, the other affliction to plague both men and women is hair loss. Many might think this is a male-only problem but they couldn’t be further from the truth. Hair loss comes in various forms and aren’t biased to either gender.

As with many other conditions out there, there are similarities and differences between the sexes when it comes to hair loss.

Hair loss afflicts both men and women

Females vs Males

Age: Most common for women to experience hair loss around age 45-55 whereas aggressive hair loss for men occur in their 40s and 50s

Signs of hair loss: Generally for women, they experience thinning hair in the middle part of the scalp or a widening of their parting, whereas for men it usually starts with a receding hairline and thinning hair around the crown

Common causes: In both sexes, the causes can be Androgenetic alopecia, telogen effluvium, stress and nutrition but for women, hormone changes after menopause and pregnancy can also cause hair loss

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Is all lost?

Not exactly. If you are concerned that you are dealt with the short stick of hair loss, do seek a doctor’s advice on the options available for you. A myriad of treatments abound when it comes to treating hair loss, you just need to find something that you’re comfortable with.

Minoxidil: Usually in the form of a topical treatment, this active ingredient in over-the-counter hair loss products helps to increase blood flow to the scalp to help reinvigorate hair follicles and regrow thicker-looking hair over time. However, be prepared to be in it for the long haul. If you stop using minoxidil, any hair growth you’ve gained will be reversed because minoxidil doesn’t stop your body from producing Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone found in both men and women and is responsible for male and female patter hair loss and shortens the lifespan of each hair follicle. Minoxidil only works by conteracting it topically. Consider a hair tonic such as Hair Recovery which contains Minoxidil as its active ingredient to stimulate healthy hair growth.

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Propecia (finasteride): This is an oral medication that is available by prescription and blocks the body’s production of DHT to prevent the loss of more hair. Unfortunately this drug isn’t recommended for women as it is known to cause birth defects. In cases where some physicians prescribe Propecia for women with thinning hair, it is for those who are past childbearing age, but it has not been proven to help regrow hair in women. There have been some studies to show that Propecia has been connected to certain types of prostate cancer so users need to be monitored by a doctor to make sure continued use is safe.

Hormone replacement therapy: This treatment is specific for women who experienced hair loss as a result of menopause.

Scalp treatment: Consider a treatment program that will help improve the health of your scalp and hair follicles. The best selling Keramax Scalp Program utilises FDA-approved Revage 670 laser to stimulate the growth phase of hair follicles, including Revitascalp, a hair-invigorating treatment to promote hair growth.

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