What are the symptoms of androgenic alopecia?
Androgenic alopecia is the most common form of alopecia, especially for men, although it can also affect women during periods of hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause). Symptoms of androgenic alopecia can start from the age of 20, but the first signs may go unnoticed. It’s common to confuse them with seasonal hair loss, such as those that occur in autumn, which is a type of telogen effluvium.
Most common symptoms of androgenic alopecia
In addition to the genetic and hormonal causes of this type of alopecia, there are others, such as nutritional deficiencies and stress. That’s why it’s essential for hair health to have healthy habits and take care of your diet, including foods rich in biotin, vitamins A, C, D and E. In addition, it’s advisable to observe how any hormonal or lifestyle changes affect hair health.
The first symptoms of androgenic alopecia are usually observed in the quality of the hair. It gets thinner and fainter and may have less shine. Then there’s a progressive loss of density, caused by the miniaturisation of the hair.
In some cases, reddening or itching of the scalp may be added to these signs. In addition, there may be dandruff and excess oil, because the decrease in hair diameter causes the sebaceous glands to work harder.
We will observe hair loss at different times of the day: on waking up, when we comb our hair or move it with our hand. At first, it will affect the frontal area, but also the temples, and continue progressing along the top of the head (crown).
How can I tell if I have androgenic alopecia?
It’s important to identify the symptoms of androgenic alopecia as soon as possible to stop its evolution and prevent hair loss as much as possible. We recommend that you check your hair condition frequently. If you notice a loss of density, however slight, or a thinning of the hair or a receding hairline, consult an expert as soon as possible. A trichologist, who specialises in hair problems, can diagnose androgenic alopecia and determine its type.
Keep in mind that androgenic alopecia can affect up to 80% at some point in their lives. If you don’t want to be one of them but notice that something in your hair is changing, don’t hesitate to put yourself in the hands of the expert professionals at Insparya.
The solution for androgenic alopecia depends on what stage it is diagnosed in, which is why it is so important to diagnose it in time. In the early stages, medical hair treatments such as hair mesotherapy (MesoHair), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or low-level laser may be sufficient to improve hair density and hair quality, as well as to stop hair loss. However, once a severe loss has been suffered, the only effective and definitive treatment for androgenic alopecia is hair transplantation.
At Insparya, you can receive expert advice tailored to your case and the stage of your androgenic alopecia from an experienced team. Book your appointment now.