Stress and Hair Loss

Stress and Hair Loss

During these unprecedented times, we understand how stressed you must be. Even though
stress mostly has emotional symptoms, in most cases it has physical symptoms as well. One of the most common “side effects” of stress is hair loss in both men and women. Read below to find out more about how hair loss and stress are linked and what you can do to slow down the hair loss until you can see the experts again.

Alopecia is the most common hair loss cause. It is an autoimmune disease, which develops when your immune system attacks your hair follicles and affects both men and women. This may be triggered by stress. Hair may be falling in round patches on the scalp or across the entire scalp. With alopecia, the hair may grow back and fall out repeatedly.

Trichotillomania is a disorder that causes the patient to pull our hair from his/her scalp. It is considered an impulse control disorder and it can be triggered by stress. You may notice that hair pulling happens without much thought. It may happen when you’re bored or distracted or it may be a stress response. When the hair pulling becomes noticeable, it may cause additional stress, perpetuating a cycle of the disorder.

So what can you do during these stressful times if you’re dealing with hair loss? Firstly, eating a balanced and nutritious diet is not only helpful but vital. Not only for your hair but for your mind and body. All vitamins are important and must be included in your diet but there are certain vitamins that can help with hair loss. Vitamin C is the source of collagen, the skin’s
connective tissue that is in your hair follicles. You can find it in citrus fruits, broccoli, and strawberries. Vitamin B is the complex of many vitamins and promotes a healthy metabolism as well as healthy skin and hair. You may find it in leafy greens, nuts, and avocados. Vitamin E contains antioxidants, which can contribute to a healthy scalp. You may find it in seeds, spinach, olive oil, and shrimp.

Of course, stress management is also essential to combat any stress-related health issue. While at home, you can find the things and activities that help you relax and stay calm and focused. You may find that exercise is a great way to eliminate stress. You can start up hobbies to enjoy during this downtime. And finally, you can try breathing exercises and meditation and allow yourself to focus on the present moment.

Until we see you again, feel free to use our free consultation form online to contact us and gain more information on what you can do for now to help your hair stay healthy.

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