Why Am I Losing My Hair? Here's What You Should Know About Male Pattern Baldness

Hair loss is a typical piece of the day to day life. We lose about 100 strands of hair a day that grows back simultaneously. Still, Male pattern baldness, additionally known as androgenic alopecia, is the permanent loss of hair from the scalp that leads to baldness. The hair in male baldness is lost, and it never grows back like the usual healthy cycle of hair growth. 

A male pattern of baldness starts from the top of the head and moves to the front of the head, affecting the front hairline, unlike the female pattern of baldness that begins with hair thinning, which widens in the center of the hair leaving the hairline unaffected.

Pattern hair loss affects about 50% of males and 25% of females worldwide. Pattern hair loss is not a severe health problem, although it can lead to specific emotional issues such:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem 
  • A feeling of shame
  • Obsession with buying excessive hair products to grow hair back

What causes male baldness?

Genetics

Is male pattern baldness genetic? Male pattern baldness tends to run in families, and it has been known to be an issue that can be passed down by both parents. 

Hormone Dihydrotestosterone

Why do some men go bald early? Hormone Dihydrotestosterone is an androgen that causes hair follicles to shrink, therefore lead to male pattern hair loss over time. 

Use of certain medications

The use of certain medications, for instance, anabolic steroids (They are drugs that can increase the level of testosterone and contribute to male pattern hair loss).

Acute stress disorder

Acute stress disorder is a stress disorder that occurs due to a traumatic experience, for instance, assault (a violent physical attack) or being in a robbery. This traumatic event can trigger hair loss within a couple of days after the event.

Diagnosis of Male Pattern Baldness

  • Diagnosis is based on visual presentations of hair and baldness on men. The hair will visually look thin at the top of the head with receding hairline and the presence of excess hair on other parts of the body. 
  • Trichoscopy: is a diagnostic method used to evaluate hair and scalp diseases. Visual analysis of the hair and scalp structure can be assessed with trichoscopy.

Treatment of Male Pattern Baldness

Can you stop male pattern baldness? There is no cure, but certain medications can slow down the hair loss process, and other procedures can be used to fix hair loss problems, such as: 

  • Medications: Minoxidil solution: is an over the counter FDA approved drug that is usually applied to the scalp, and this slows down the rate of hair loss. Some men have reported that Minoxidil has also caused them to grow new hair, but once they stop using the drug, hair loss returns. Finasteride: is a 5a reductase inhibitor that is used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness.
  • Hair transplant. 
  • Wear a natural-looking wig to hide baldness.
  • Wear hair accessories such as caps or hats to hide the bald areas of the head.
  • Acceptance of baldness: since male pattern baldness affects about 50% of men in the world, the best method of management is to accept the situation and move on with your life. You are not alone in this. 50% of the male population worldwide are with you on this so relax and breath out, and you are okay