How to Prevent & Treat a Receding Hair Line in 2018

A receding hairline is often referred to as a widow’s peak and is a form of baldness that can occur in men of all ages after puberty. It is an initial sign of male pattern baldness and can be caused by a variety of factors, from aging, genetics, or even lifestyle choices.

For some men, it can be difficult to discern whether or not they definitely have a receding hairline, as there is no one single distinctive pattern that a receding hairline exhibits. However, some telltale signs can indicate a receding hairline and prompt a visit to a doctor or dermatologist.

Some of the most important signs to look out for when determining if you have a receding hairline are if your hairline starts receding at the location right above your temples and you experience the obvious loss of many hairs on a daily basis.

If you do have a receding hairline, there are fortunately a broad range of options to prevent, manage, and treat your condition. Bear in mind that while there is no comprehensive cure for a receding hairline, there are a plethora of options available that can slow down the receding of the hairline and assist the hair in its regrowth.

Treating a Receding Hairline

The treatment of a receding hairline is a very personal choice and involves numerous options that can be extremely efficacious but may come with drawbacks. Read on below to see some of the most common treatments available today for receding hairlines.

Medications 

  • Finasteride or Dutasteride: The prescription drug finasteride, also known as Propecia is singularly produced for male hair loss. It slows down and reduces the rate of testosterone turning into DHT. Well known to be very effective at helping men grow hair and slow down the rate of hair loss, Propecia is a popular choice but does come with side effects.
  • Dutasteride: Also known as Avodart is a medication that treats enlarged prostates. In the process of treating the prostate, the medication also helps to stimulate hair growth.Note: The improvements in hair growth will typically halt when a patient stops taking the drugs mentioned above.
  • Minoxidil, better known as Rogaine is famed for its ubiquity. Available in drugstores around the country, it is a treatment that has been approved by the FDA to help slow the rate at which hair is lost. The caveat to this medication is that once a person stops using it, any benefits stop as well.
  • Anthralin
    Available only by prescription, anthralin, also known as Dritho-Scalp, is a medication mainly for psoriasis, but its topical application also encourages the growth of new hair in patients.

Steroids/Injections 

  • Corticosteroids
    There are a few corticosteroids treatments available today that assist men with hair loss. In essence, it is a medication that functions by significantly reducing inflammation location around hair follicles, thus enabling them to reopen and grow new hair. This treatment comes with a litany of side effects and should be discussed at length with your primary care physician

Essential oils

Many all-natural essential oils have been proven to be efficacious in the treatment of hair loss. Typically formulated with fatty acids and an array of nourishing ingredients, these oils are used by thousands of people across the world to regrow, thicken, and rejuvenate their hair. Plenty of these products can be found here.

Hair transplants and laser therapy

Hair transplants and laser therapy

Hair transplants involve taking a patient’s own hair from the back and sides of their head and relocating them to the thinning or bald spots on their scalp. There are different types of treatments involved, some that can leave lifelong scars and others that are scar-free.

Prices can range well over $15,000 depending on the severity of hair loss.

Patients should know that hair transplants are not always successful, may require multiple visits, and can result in infections.

Prevention 

  • Believe it or not, your medication may be causing your hair loss. Read over the labels of any medications that you are taking to see if any side effects include hair loss. Common medications that can result in hair loss include antidepressants, acne medication, anti-ulcer medication, and anti-inflammatories.
  • Stay calm: Severe stress and can lead to sudden and unexpected hair loss – a phenomenon referred to as telogen effluvium. This unexpected loss of hair results in an immense amount of shedding. Fortunately, however, the hair loss issues will stop when the stress is reconciled
  • Don’t smoke! Smokers have been shown to experience hair loss at a much faster rate than those who don’t. It’s a well-known fact that smoking causes a great number of health problems. It also constricts blood vessels throughout the body, which can directly lead to hair loss. Quit as soon as you can. As difficult as it may be, get yourself through the process and rely on family and friends for help. Don’t be afraid to try nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges to help you along the way.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Many doctors are adamant that there is a link between diet and receding hairlines. Make sure you are eating enough protein (at least 75 grams per day), incorporate plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet, and seek out foods rich in B12 such as leafy greens and fortified cereal
  • Avoid stress, anxiety, and anger as they can lead to telogen effluvium (discussed above)
  • Visit your primary care physician for a routine blood test to see if you are low in any minerals or vitamins. A common deficiency is iron (anemia), which can cause significant hair loss. Your doctor can also check for hypothyroidism which occurs when your body cannot produce enough of the thyroid hormone to maintain normal body functions, with hair loss being a common symptom
  • Exercise regularly! Exercise increases circulation throughout the body, reduces stress and anxiety, and increases oxygen intake – all of which will help your body prevent the occurrence of hair loss. Aim for half an hour of vigorous exercise three to four times a week. Jogging, swimming, dancing, or walking briskly will benefit you immensely.
Conclusion

A receding hairline can be a distressing experience for a man. While it is not a health risk in itself, it can indicate a health problem within the body, or it can merely be genetics at play.

If you are experiencing a receding hairline, visit your primary care doctor or dermatologist to see what factors might be affecting your hairline and what preventative actions you might be able to take to turn the situation around to halt your receding hairline, and become healthier and happier in the process.

Laura Day
 

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