What Causes Hair Loss in Teenage Males?

Most teenagers have enough on their plates without having to worry about hair loss as well. But, unfortunately, for some teenage boys, thinning hair seems to go along with the other stresses and trials of puberty. In some cases, the hair loss is due to external factors, in others, it’s because of genes. Options for treating thinning hair in teenagers range from correcting the source of the problem to surgical procedures such as strip harvesting or follicular unit extraction.

Reasons for Hair Loss in Teen Boys

Nutrition

Teenagers aren’t exactly known for having the best diets, and for some, that can result in thinning hair. For example, if a teenage boy decides to try vegetarianism out, he might notice some hair loss if his diet doesn’t include enough protein. Boys who are athletic might become anemic, according to Kids Health, and the lack of iron can also affect their hair.  Making sure that a teenager eats a balanced diet with the recommended amounts of each nutrient can help reduce or reverse the thinning.

Hormone Issues

In some cases, an underlying medical issue that affects a boy’s hormones might also affect how much hair is on his scalp.  For example, if a boy develops diabetes, one of the signs of the illness might be a loss of hair from the scalp and other areas of the body. A problem with the thyroid might also lead to thinning hair.

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a relatively common autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss in people of all ages, including teenage boys. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, nearly 7 million people in the US have the disorder.  The hair loss that can occur from the disorder ranges from patchy to total. Some people end up losing all of the hair from their bodies. The good news about the condition is that hair regrowth can occur at any time, since the hair follicles remain intact.

Male Pattern Baldness

While many assume that male pattern baldness only affects older men, some guys do start to develop signs of it in their teen, usually in the mid to late teen years. While some cases of male pattern baldness are due to a guy’s genes, the condition can also be triggered by the use of steroids in teenage athletes.

What to Do About Hair Loss

Figuring out the cause of the hair loss is the first step to figuring out what to do about it. Treating it might be as simple as changing your diet or getting a medical condition under control. In the case of male pattern baldness, hair transplant surgery can help to restore hair that’s been lost from the scalp and restore some of a teenager’s confidence. To learn more about hair restoration options, call  844-261-7020 to schedule a consultation at Contemporary Hair Transplant today.

Top 7 Vitamins for Hair Loss

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, 35 million men and 21 million women in the U.S. experience hair loss. Unfortunately, this hair loss can cause an individual to become self-conscious. Furthermore, since women consider their hair to be a source of femininity, hair loss can be especially difficult for them. Innovative hair restoration treatments like Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP Therapy) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) procedures are helping men, and women across the nation address their thinning hair; however, vitamin supplementation may be able to prevent hair loss before, or maintain hair after it has been restored.

It is normal to lose up to 150 hairs a day; however, if you notice that you are losing more than this, you should try to determine the cause. One reason for hair loss is poor diet, which means that vitamin supplements can be helpful in preventing the onset of telogen effluvium (hair loss due to vitamin deficiency).

1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is known for its ability to aid in the production of sebum, which moisturizes the scalp, keeping the hair healthy. It is also an antioxidant. That said, taking too much of this vitamin can be toxic and inhibits the growth of hair.

Dosage recommendation is 900 mcg daily for men and 700 mcg daily for women.

2. B3 (Niacin)

Cholesterol in the scalp hinders the growth of hair: B3 is beneficial because it is believed to reduce the amount of cholesterol in the scalp.

Recommended daily dose: men should take 16 mg a day and women (who are not pregnant) should take 14 mg a day.

3. B6 (Pyridoxine)

B6 aids in the creation of niacin, which is necessary for healthy blood circulation. Since the body is unable to synthesize B6 on its own, the only way to obtain this vitamin is through diet or supplementation.

The adult dosage recommendation is 1.3 mg daily.

4. B7 (Biotin)

The study Biotin and biotinidase deficiency indicates that a biotin deficiency can cause hair loss. This vitamin promotes hair growth, can prevent hair loss and even thicken hair strands.

Recommended daily dosage for adults is 30 mcg daily.

5. B12 (Cobalamin)

A deficiency of B12 in and of itself can cause hair loss. This vitamin helps the body use oxygen and plays a role in cell metabolism as well as in the production of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which carries the genetic instructions necessary for growth. In addition, B12 is needed to activate B6 and assists with the creation of niacin.

To allow for proper absorption of B12, Vitamin C supplements should be taken at least two hours after B12.

Recommended adult dosage is 2.4 mcg a day.

6. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Besides being a natural antioxidant, Vitamin C aids in collagen production and assists with preventing hair from aging.

Recommended daily dose for men is 90 mg and for women is 75 mg.

7. Vitamin E

This vitamin is an antioxidant and is essential for cell regeneration as well as scalp circulation, both of which are vital for hair growth.

The recommended dose for adults is 15 mg a day.

Although most of these vitamins do not stimulate new hair growth, there are a number of minimally-invasive surgical and non-surgical treatments available to address the areas where hair has already been lost.

At Contemporary Hair Transplant in Paramus, N.J., we use PRP Therapy, FUE and a variety of other procedures to help men, and women address thinning hair. Once the lost hair is restored, incorporating a well-balanced diet and using vitamin supplements can help keep newly restored hair healthy. Contact our office today at 844-261-7020 to learn more about our hair restoration procedures or to schedule your initial consultation.