Reviewed and Updated: November 2, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
When you think of male pattern hair loss, you probably picture an older man. It may surprise you to realize that hair loss in young men may be more common than it seems. Losing your hair can be stressful at any age, especially if you go bald in your 20s. Here is an overview of some of the causes of hair loss in young men.
Signs of male pattern baldness in young men
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Male pattern baldness is the most common reason for hair loss. Although it doesn’t usually affect men until they are in their 30s or 40s, early male pattern baldness can be a problem for men even in their teens. Hair loss in men is usually caused by an increase in the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Considered a derivative of the natural hormone testosterone, DHT prevents essential nutrients from reaching the hair follicles, causing thinning and hair loss.
The most common signs of hair loss in young men are things such as hair loss or the start of a widow’s peak. However, thinning hair in young men can also be a warning sign. Medically tested products like Minoxidil and Propecia are designed to block DHT from reaching your hair follicles and hopefully increasing hair growth.
One theory as to why there are more reports of young balding men is the effects of the modern image-conscious world we live in. While that’s not to say that previous generations didn’t care about their appearance, easy access to information via the internet means that many young men might notice things like hair loss younger than in the past. .
Nicotine and hair loss
The health problems associated with smoking are well known. Along with the evidence suggesting it increases your risk of heart disease and cancer, there are also theories suggesting that the nicotine in smoking can accelerate aging and cause premature baldness. By putting harmful chemicals into your body, your hair follicles can be deprived of essential nutrients, causing hair loss.
The carcinogens in tobacco are thought to slow down hair growth and thus increase the chances of temporary hair loss. On top of that, smoking can speed up the aging process, which can increase your chances of wrinkles, sagging skin, and possibly early hair loss.
Baldness due to stress
Stress is believed to be one of the main catalysts for hair loss at a young age in both men and women. Unfortunately for many men, the years spent as a young man can be extremely stressful. With the pressures of education and work increasingly volatile in today’s society, it’s not hard to see why hair loss in young people might be happening.
Although stress isn’t always the cause of hair loss, it can increase the chances of rapid hair loss in men by speeding up the process. Therefore, maintaining a healthy diet and mental state of mind is therefore extremely important to fight the signs of aging such as thinning hair in men.
Dairy products and hair loss
Some theories suggest a link between dairy products such as butter and cheese and an increase in eczema which causes hair loss. Although avoiding dairy products may help improve the condition of your skin, there is little evidence to confirm that it will prevent you from losing your hair.
On that note
Losing your hair at a young age can be an added strain during an already stressful time in life. However, whether there is an increase in the number of young balding men or people are noticing it more than before, it does not mean that you are not going to have hair forever. Finally, the main thing is not to forget to take care of your physical and mental well-being.
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