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What causes hair loss?

August 2012

Have you noticed gradual hair loss? Has it become more noticeable with each passing year?

If you answered yes to these questions, you may have hereditary hair loss. This is the most common cause of hair loss, and it occurs in both men and women. Men usually develop a receding hairline and noticeable hair loss on top of the scalp. Women tend to keep their hairline and notice overall thinning of the hair on their head. Hereditary hair loss is treatable.

You can learn more about hereditary hair loss, treatment options, and many other causes for hair loss by visiting these pages:

What causes hair loss?

Alopecia areata: Who gets and causes

Hair loss: Who gets and causes

Hair loss common after childbirth

Hair loss fact sheet

Treatment for hair loss

Cosmetic procedures: Hair restoration

Hair loss: Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome

Hair care tips

Good hair care may head off hair loss

Tips for healthy hair (2:49)

What dermatologists tell their patients

Many patients bothered by hereditary hair loss have had a hair transplant. Thanks to advances in this field, patients now have such natural-looking results that even a hair stylist cannot tell who has had a hair transplant.

Academy news

Congressman Bilbray, daughter diagnosed with skin cancer
Their diagnoses came just weeks apart. In 2011, Congressman Brian Bilbray of California and his youngest daughter, Briana, both learned that they had skin cancer. To help others avoid the pain and uncertainty that they’ve endured, father and daughter are speaking out. When you listen to their stories, you’ll understand why it is so important to have spots on your skin checked by a dermatologist and protect your skin from the sun.

Rep. Brian Bilbray's and Briana Bilbray's stories (4:17)

U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray and daughter share their skin cancer stories in new video from American Academy of Dermatology

Good skin care can reduce signs of aging
Some really simple things can help you reduce signs of aging from appearing on your skin. You’ll learn what to do by watching this new video that shares dermatologists’ tips:

Wrinkle remedies (2:26)

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month
If you have psoriasis, it is important to learn about this autoimmune disease. Knowing what triggers your psoriasis can help you avoid flare-ups. Treatment can help you get psoriasis under control. Psoriasis Awareness Month is a great time to learn something new about psoriasis. Who knows, it might just help you feel better year round:

Psoriasis: Tips for managing

Psoriasis triggers

Psoriasis treatment

Next month: Skin care for acne-prone skin


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