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Dear LovelySkin: What causes hair loss?

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On any given day, the average person loses between 50 and 100 hairs. Hair loss may be especially noticeable after you have washed or brushed your hair, and this is completely normal. However, excessive hair loss is alarming, and it can be caused by a number of different factors. If you notice that you are shedding more strands than usual, pinpointing the cause can help you and your physician treat the problem effectively. Here are some of the top causes of hair loss:


The most common cause of hair loss is genetics. If one, or especially if both parents have had hair loss, there is a chance that you could also experience hair loss as early as your 20s. Your dermatologist will be able to examine the pattern of hair loss and determine whether it is hereditary or not. From there, you can discuss topical or oral medication to address the issue.

Poor diet

A diet that lacks in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients can cause skin to look lackluster and hair to fall out. A long-term protein-deficient diet can cause noticeable hair damage and eventual loss. Likewise, strict crash dieting and sudden weight loss can cause hair to fall out. Hair loss from poor diet is usually temporary, but it can take time to rehabilitate hair back to its original luster.

Infections of the scalp

Certain infections such as ringworm, folliculitis, eczema and staph can cause temporary hair loss. If you have additional symptoms such as itching, irritation and flaking skin, it’s important to get properly diagnosed. If a fungal or bacterial infection or another underlying condition is causing your hair loss, your dermatologist can identify it and prescribe the best course of treatment.


During pregnancy, a woman’s hair may appear thicker or lusher. This is because the surge of estrogen slows hair’s growth cycle so that it does not fall out at a normal rate. However, once childbirth has occurred and estrogen levels begin to drop, hair has a tendency to fall out. Excessive hair loss usually occurs about three months after childbirth, but once estrogen levels balance out again, hair will return to its normal growth and shed cycle.

For temporary hair loss, try Viviscal Professional Supplements. These vitamins can be taken orally twice a day to help promote healthy hair growth. The tablets contain a blend of marine ingredients, apple extract, biotin, vitamin C and essential amino acids to nourish existing hair and increase density.

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