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The latest hair loss and thinning hair news from the staff at Nanogen

2014.08.22

 

There are millions of people who suffer with Hair Loss. For some it is a medical condition. For most, it is not a disease but a common part of ageing. Androgentic Alopecia or ‘male pattern baldness’ is actually not a disease. In fact it affects 50% of men and 30% of women by the age of 50 years old.

There are two medicines which are approved by the FDA (USA) or MHRA (UK). A topical drug called Minoxidil (or brand names such as Regaine or Rogaine) and a daily tablet called Finasteride (brand name Propecia)

However, there are other important solutions to this problem. From Hair transplants to camouflage and everything in between. Since creating a new medicine is so prohibitively expensive, there are many innovative laboratories which work with novel molecules such as growth factors or ketoconazole or azelaic acid and which may have a beneficial effect; particularly with slowing down hair loss (not a medical intervention).

Theen there are surgial options such as a scalp reduction or hair transplants.

Nanogen is the expert in another hair loss option. For people with mild to moderate hair thinning or hair loss, the cosmetic application of a hair cover up such as Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibres can produce instant results that is akin to a styling product.

 

Types of Hair Loss

Alopecia isn’t one type of hair loss, it’s actually the medical term used for hair loss. Some common types of thinning hair are described below:

Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic is the most common form of alopecia, commonly known as male pattern baldness, and the focus of much of the information below. This type of thinning hair is caused by hormone and growth factor level changes during stress or certain life stages. Some people have a genetic predisposition that makes it more likely they will have Androgenetic alopecia, making it hereditary.

Traction Alopecia
Traction alopecia is rare in men because it generally affects those with tight hairstyles like ponytails and weaves. Traction alopecia happens as these aggressive styling methods cause a lot of tension and trauma of the hair root, causing it to break. Men and women who have suffered from traction alopecia have found that the hair loss occurs most at the hair line – primarily around the temples and the sides of their heads.

Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is the type of hair loss that most people associate with the word Alopecia. It is thought to be related to an immune condition. It’s also believed that some people’s genes make them more susceptible to Alopecia areata, as one in five people with the condition have a family history of it. Visible signs are patches of baldness that move or change over time. It can occur at any age, but mostly affects teenagers and young adults. 60% of those affected develop visible signs before they are 20.

 

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