3 Common Hair Loss Myths (and the Truth), According to a Dermatologist

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For starters, hair loss is actually a blanket term for different conditions that cause hair loss like alopecia, some forms of which — like frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) and central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) — do have genetic components, according to Amy McMichael, professor at the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

"There are forms of hair loss that appear more commonly in women, including FFA and CCCA, but androgenetic alopecia appears to be more common and more severe in men," McMichael said.

"The most reliable way to find out if treatments work is to see a board-certified Dermatologist who can assess your form of hair loss and [tell you] the most appropriate treatment," McMichael said.

"While some over the counter treatments (like topical minoxidil, also known as Rogaine) can work for many forms of hair loss, when and how to use these treatments can vary significantly".

Every other day when I’m searching for new hair products to try, I can always count on coming across several different products that all target one specific problem: hair loss.

The takeaway here is that hair loss isn’t a one-size-fits-all issue, so if this is something you find yourself experiencing, the best thing you can do is talk to a dermatologist or trichilogist (or even your hairstylist) to figure out what next steps to take.

We often hear about men balding or losing hair with age, but the truth is that hair loss in general doesn’t discriminate based on gender, and it affects both men and women equally.

Instead, hair loss issues can usually be addressed with a combination of treatments, one of them being Plasma Rich Platelet injections or PRP.

Unfortunately because hair loss can be so devastating, it’s easy for those who experience it to be preyed on by companies touting products that can’t always deliver the results they claim they can.

There’s no real way to quickly regenerate hair after its been damaged, and the methods that actually can help are very dependent on the type of hair loss you’re experiencing.

"Each disease or condition has a different mechanism of causing hair loss and different genetics," she told POPSUGAR.

Telogen is also common, which is a temporary form of hair loss that’s typically caused by stress.

We spoke to an expert about the most common hair loss myths, as well as what really causes hair loss and how to combat it.

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