Hormones and hair loss

Hormones and hair loss

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By Dr. Richfeel, Dermatology

If you are a teenager and notice your hair falling, do not panic. If you are pregnant and wake up to hair on your pillow, take it easy. You are not going bald. Your hair is simply reacting to hormonal changes in your body.

One of the internal imbalances reflected in hair loss is a hormonal imbalance. Hormones are liquid secretions of the endocrine glands. The sex glands, thyroid, and parathyroid glands are the main endocrine glands, which circulate hormones in the blood stream. And over or under production of a specific hormone will give rise to an imbalance within the body.

Often the signs and symptoms of a hormonal disorder are reflected in fatigue, excessive facial hair or weight changes. However, a slight imbalance may be reflected only in hair – its growth, texture, and hair loss.

For example, under- activity of the thyroid gland or hypothyroidism can lead to diffuse hair loss, brittle hair and nails apart from dry skin, lethargy and weight gain. Hyperthyroidism or over-activity of the thyroid gland is characterized by diffuse hair loss, oily skin, weight loss, increased appetite, hyperactivity, rapid heart beat and excessive sweating.

The adrenal glands, which produce the hormone androgen, are responsible for the growth of hair all over the body. An increase in production of this hormone could result in masculine effects in women, including thinning of hair in the front region of the scalp, excessive facial hair and excessive oiliness.

The hormone insulin is produced in the pancreas. This hormone adapts glucose for use in the body. Too little insulin causes an increase in blood sugar levels or hyperglycemia, while an overproduction of insulin could cause a fall in blood sugar levels called hypo-glycemia. Both conditions cause diffuse hair loss. Hair becomes limp and lifeless and falls easily. The scalp becomes painful and sensitive to touch.

Virilisatin in the form of excessive facial hair, recession of scalp hair and thinning of hair in the front and top areas of the scalp can result out of problems with the ovaries.

What can you do?

Pamper your hair. A head massage with warm Jaborandi hair oil will work wonders in strengthening your locks. The medicinal virtues of Jaborandi are excellent. A teaspoonful of Jaborandi oil mixed with a teaspoonful of amla juice, massaged over scalp, is a valuable remedy for falling hair, thinness of hair, dandruff and premature greying of hair.

The very fact that there exists a falling stage (i.e. – the telogen phase) in the life cycle of every hair tells us that it is natural that some of our hair will fall. But our hair is synchronized to fall in such a way, that at no time is this falling noticeable and at no time should we end up looking bald. Every hair goes through its stages independently of the others, so that while some hair are falling, others will be growing. In some people, however, the rate of fall is so rapid that their hair loss is conspicuous and can be considered abnormal.