Why You Should See A Dermatologist For Hair Loss

Dermatologist Hair LossLosing your hair can be devastating. Even though we preach that beauty is only skin deep, most cultures still associate beauty with a full head of hair. 

Aside from affecting your appearance, it can affect the way you feel about yourself. If you’re suffering from or showing signs of losing your hair, medical intervention is warranted. 

Dermatologists specialize in hair loss, also known as alopecia or baldness, and can help you preserve the hair you have and even possibly regrow the hair you've lost. 

Read on to learn what causes hair loss, the symptoms and ways you can treat it! 

What causes hair loss?

It's perfectly normal to find hair on the floor on in the shower. On average, people lose up 100 hairs a day as part of the normal shedding and growth cycle. However, when someone suffers from alopecia, shedding increases dramatically. Over time, the hair gets thinner and finer. 

The main causes of hair loss include: 

  • Hereditary - In most cases, there is an inheritable condition known as male or female pattern baldness. It usually follows a specific pattern that is predictable and happens when a person ages. 
  • Hormonal Changes - Many conditions can negatively affect hormones and in turn cause temporary or permanent hair loss. Pregnancy and menopause are some of the main culprits for hormonal alopecia. 
  • Medical Conditions - Thyroid conditions and infections can cause increased shedding and baldness.

Seasonal Skin Care Tips (Winter)

winter skin careWinter is Coming! Just as summer increases the risk of certain skin conditions due to increased exposure to the sun, winter also has its skincare concerns.

Skin problems caused by winter are often due to the body’s attempt to keep itself warm. The blood vessels narrow in order to keep the body’s heat locked within. Consequently, the outermost layers of the skin dries out and starts to flake. The cold, dry air dries out skin even further and this can exacerbate skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne. People with such conditions are often susceptible to flare-ups or breakouts in the cold weather. Additionally, heating systems dry out our skin even further.

Bathing

Showers and baths should be kept short year round but especially in the winter. Most people enjoy bathing in hot water, but lukewarm water is much better for your skin. Hot water may feel good, but it dries out the skin by stripping it of its protective oils. Make sure not to use abrasive washcloths and sponges. If possible, only wash places that produce odors like your feet, groin, and underarms.

Avoid scented soaps. They are full of perfumes that will strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving it dry. We recommend superfatted soaps that contain more oils or butters than regular soaps. They will help moisturize the skin. Also, liquid soaps generally tend to contain more moisturizers than bar soaps.

When you are done bathing, gently pat the skin dry with a towel. Don’t rub the skin harshly. Otherwise your towel will absorb the protective oils you want on your skin.

Common Summer Skin Problems and How to Solve Them

Summer is a season when most of us enjoy the outdoors soak up some sun. Sunlight in moderation can be healthy for the skin and for the rest of the body. It activates the skin cells to manufacture vitamin D, which is essential for the synthesis of essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium. Although the sun is good for your skin in small doses, too much of it can lead to skin problems. Here are some dermatological issues you may experience during summer and how to solve them.

Sunburns, Sun Allergy & Melasma

Woman With Shoulder SunburnMelasma, sunburns and sun allergy are some issues many people experience during the summer.. Melasma is a condition that predominantly affects women between the ages of 20 and 55. It is characterized by tan, brown or grey-blue patches on the forehead, cheeks and jawline. Its primary cause is exposure to the sun, but genetic and hormonal issues can play a part. Over-the-counter creams can be used to treat melasma, but to prevent flare-ups, you should consider wearing hats and using sunscreen when you’re outdoors.

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