Most Common Hair Loss Conditions

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the most common hair loss conditions. Hair loss can be a distressing experience for both men and women, and understanding the underlying causes is crucial for effective treatment. In this guide, we will explore the various types of hair loss conditions, from androgenetic alopecia to lichen planopilaris. We will delve into the causes, symptoms, and treatments for each condition to help you gain a better understanding of the factors that may be contributing to your hair loss. Whether you are experiencing hair thinning or patchy hair loss, we hope this guide will provide you with valuable insights and support on your journey towards healthier hair.

1. Androgenetic alopecia

This is the most common form of hair loss, affecting both men and women. It is a genetic condition that leads to hair thinning and eventual baldness. It is caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and affects hair follicles on the scalp. Related conditions: Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome  

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2. Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss in patches or diffuse. It can affect hair on the scalp, face, and other parts of the body. 

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3. Telogen effluvium

Telogen effluvium is a type of temporary hair loss that occurs when more hairs than usual enter the telogen (resting) phase of the hair growth cycle. It can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes, illness, medications, or nutritional deficiencies. 

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4. Traction alopecia

Traction alopecia is a type of hair loss that is caused by pulling on the hair, often due to tight hairstyles such as braids or ponytails.  

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5. Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder that causes people to compulsively pull out their hair.  

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6. Scarring alopecia

Scarring alopecia is a type of hair loss that occurs when hair follicles are destroyed and replaced with scar tissue. It can be caused by autoimmune disorders, infections, or other conditions. 

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7. Anagen effluvium

Anagen effluvium is a type of hair loss that occurs when hair follicles are damaged during the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle typically caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or other medications. 

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8. Frontal fibrosing alopecia

Frontal fibrosing alopecia is a type of scarring alopecia that affects the front of the scalp and eyebrows. It is most common in postmenopausal women and is thought to be related to hormonal changes. 

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9. Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia

Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia is a type of scarring alopecia that primarily affects African American women. It is thought to be caused by hair styling practices such as hot combing and hair relaxing. 

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10. Lichen planopilaris

Lichen planopilaris is a type of scarring alopecia that can affect the scalp and other hair-bearing areas. It is thought to be caused by an autoimmune response and can result in permanent hair loss. 

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