The majority of people will experience some degree of hair loss throughout their life. Most people begin noticing hair loss during adulthood. But less commonly, some people start losing their hair as teenagers.
Hair loss can be difficult for anybody, but especially if you’re younger. Losing one’s hair can have a huge impact on self-esteem.
Potential causes of hair loss in teenagers include genetic factors, hormonal imbalances, and underlying medical conditions. In some cases, hair loss can be reversible with proper treatment.
Let’s look at a wide range of potential causes of hair loss in teenagers. We’ll also examine treatment options for each.
Here are some of the potential causes of hair loss in teenagers.
Androgenetic alopecia is a genetic form of hair loss referred to as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. It occurs in a predictable pattern.
In men, it generally appears as a recession of the hairline in an M, V, or U shape and a gradual balding at the crown. Women usually notice a gradual thinning along the part of their hair.
Pattern hair loss usually starts in adulthood, but can also start during your teenage years. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to experience this form of hair loss, but its prevalence is currently not known.
You’re most likely to develop pattern hair loss if you have close relatives who also developed it.
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition that causes hair to fall out in patches.
Autoimmune conditions develop when your body mistakes healthy cells in your body for foreign invaders. In the case of alopecia areata, your immune system attacks your hair follicles. You may notice hair loss on your scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, or body.
Alopecia areata affects about 2 percent of the population at some point in their life. Most people develop it before the age of 30, and it can start as early as childhood.
Malnutrition is a lack of proper nutrition that can be caused by not eating enough, eating too much, or not getting the right balance of nutrients. A lack of access to food, dietary imbalances, eating disorders, or digestive conditions are some potential causes.
Deficiencies in nutrients may cause hair loss, including in:
Thyroid conditions that lead to an underproduction or overproduction of thyroid hormones may cause hair loss or brittle hair.
Hair loss caused by a thyroid condition usually appears as a uniform thinning across your scalp. Hair loss is most common in people with …….