Male hair loss resources

September marks Alopecia Awareness Month, and this year Alopecia UK have launched new resources hub for men.

Alongside styling tips and blogs written by male alopecia sufferers, patients can also learn more about the psychological impact of the condition. The resources were put together to specifically help support men who may be going through this challenging condition.

As we shine a light on alopecia, let’s look at some of the different types of male hair loss and the treatments available.

What are the different types of male hair loss?

You may not be aware that there are several types of male hair loss you can experience. Identifying what type of hair loss you are suffering with is important to determine the best course of treatment. From male pattern baldness to alopecia areata, let’s look at the different types of hair loss men commonly develop…

Male pattern baldness

Male pattern baldness is by far the most common type of hair loss, affecting approximately 6.5 million men in the UK. Caused by genetics, there is no cure for male pattern baldness, and it tends to worsen over time.

Most of the time this type of hair loss develops in later life. However, some men develop the condition in their early twenties, or even in their teens. While there isn’t a cure and it isn’t possible to prevent male pattern baldness, there are treatments to help slow it down such as Minoxidil.

Stress-related hair loss

If the body undergoes a high level of stress, it can trigger stress-related hair loss. Diagnosed as Telogen effluvium, it occurs due to an interruption of the hair growth cycle. More hair starts to shed, and it becomes generally thinner.

The good news about this type of hair loss is that it is temporary. Once the stressors are eliminated, the hair will start to regrow. In the meantime, treatments like Minoxidil or Finasteride can be used to help stop the hair loss in its tracks.

Alopecia areata

If the hair loss is sudden, and you are losing coin-shaped patches of hair, it could be down to alopecia areata. This autoimmune condition is one of the more severe types of hair loss, and it is also unpredictable.

In most cases, the hair loss will be temporary, and can be treated with injections into the scalp. However, like male pattern baldness, there is no cure for alopecia areata. In some cases, the hair loss is permanent, and it can affect all hair on the body.

Medical illness

Occasionally, hair loss can be a sign of a more serious underlying issue. It could be hormone or thyroid-related for example, which cause the hair to become thinner all over. In order to treat this type of hair loss, the underlying condition will need to be brought under control.

As there are so many different types of male hair loss, it is imperative to seek a correct diagnosis before trying to treat the issue. Book a consultation with a dermatologist specialising in hair loss to get to the root cause of your hair loss and thinning.