Data Shows Stress Could Trigger Hair Loss

Around 25% of men and 12% of women will suffer some degree of hair loss by age 30. By age 50, half of men and 25% of women can expect to experience some hair loss. Although both men and women lose between 50 to 100 hairs every day, people with hair loss don’t replace this hair as fast as they lose it.

The condition affects more men than women and is often associated with increasing age, genetics, and changes in testosterone levels. Recent data now indicates that excessive hair shedding or telogen effluvium may be caused by stress as well.

Unlike usual hair loss, excessive hair shedding tends to affect women more but is usually temporary. It can cause an individual to lose close to one-third of their hair volume, Mount Sinai dermatologist Dr. Angela Lamb said. According to Lamb, excessive hair shedding usually strikes around six weeks to three months after stressful events such as chronic illness, pregnancy, bereavement or major surgery.

She explains that anything that can cause significant shock or stress to your system can induce excessive hair shedding as stress increases the levels of cortisol, a hormone that disrupts normal hair growth.

Data shows that telogen effluvium has a higher likelihood of affecting people recovering from COVID-19, with a study from last year finding that close to one-half of the people who recovered from the pandemic reported hair loss.

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine dermatologist Dr. Antonella Tosti said that the condition can also occur due to everyday stress from relationships or work. Everyday stress can also cause or exacerbate medical conditions, including alopecia areata and lichen planopilaris, that cause hair loss.

Lamb noted that taking daily multivitamins with vitamin D and vitamin B12 can help alleviate hair loss caused by stress. Daily multivitamins are even more important after major surgery and can help deal with deficiencies that may be disrupting your natural cycle of hair loss and growth.

However, Lamb does not recommend taking over-the-counter supplements that contain high biotin doses and are marketed for their hair loss benefits. She said that biotin supplements can sometimes result in acne flare-ups and are known to interfere with thyroid hormone test results.

Tosti, on the other hand, recommends over-the-counter treatments such as Minoxidil (Rogaine) for people who want to speed up their hair growth.

Fortunately, stress-induced hair loss is usually temporary, and hair will most likely regrow on its own after a few months. If you are still experiencing excessive hair shedding after three or four months, Lamb recommends visiting a physician. That doctor will assess your specific circumstances and could recommend any of the products that are available on the market, such as those made by Jupiter Wellness Inc. (NASDAQ: JUPW).

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