How Skin Health Impacts Hair Loss

The body is a complex machine, and just like any other machine that you work with regularly, one small change can have a huge impact on a number of other functions.  Your skin health can have a major impact on the health of the rest of your body, including potentially causing hair loss.

The Connection between Skin and Hair
It isn’t too hard to understand how an issue with your skin could lead to hair loss.  Hair grows through hair follicles, which are micro-cavities in the skin that are filled with oil and natural bacteria that help hair to grow. These follicles, however, can become infected, inflamed, or even inactive as a result of the skin health surrounding the follicle.

There are many issues that can develop with the skin that can lead to hair loss. These include:

  • Excessive dryness and flaking
  • Extreme sunburn
  • Rash/inflammation (psoriasis, eczema, skin allergies)
  • Infection (bacterial, fungal/ringworm)

Skin health is far from the only factor that can lead to hair loss.  Other issues such as improper hair care, thyroid disease, low iron levels, autoimmune disease, medications, stress, extreme diets, and even pregnancy can cause hair loss.  If you have started losing hair, consulting with your dermatologist is an important first step. With the correct diagnosis, many forms of hair loss can be helped.

Taking better care of your skin can help you in preventing or even reversing hair loss.  Treatment may involve a few simple self-care steps, such as improving your cleansing and moisturizing routine to prevent build-up.  Other treatments are more involved and may include prescription shampoos, cortisones, and antibiotics. For more information on how your skin health could be impacting your hair loss, or overall health, contact Avail Dermatology today.