Why Does Stress Cause Hair Loss?

POSTED: 26 September 2019

Is stress really a leading cause of hair loss? 
 

Stress is linked with several conditions that cause hair loss; Telogen effluvium, Trichotillomania and Alopecia areata are the most common three.
 

What is Telogen effluvium?


Telogen effluvium is a common cause of temporary hair loss. A period of stress will drive hair follicles into a resting phase in which they no longer produce hair.

As we get older, hair falls out more, even in everyday life. Nutrition is also a factor and poor diet will have a detrimental effect on your scalp health.

 

What is Trichotillomania?


For many people, it is an expression, but for those who’ve experienced what it’s like to literally pull hair out due to stress, it can be a dilemma. Commonly, this is a psychological condition for those dealing with a wave of negative emotions.

 

What is Alopecia areata?


When suffering from Alopecia areata the body’s immune system attacks the follicles, resulting in severe hair loss. In most cases, alopecia areata will cause hair to thin, while in other cases it may cause bald spots.

The hair will regrow over time, but then fall out again.

The medical community struggles to provide answers on why exactly alopecia areata strikes. It is widely thought that genetics may play a role.

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