The Effect of Smoking on Hair Loss

The studies done by dermatologists revealed that smoking may be an effective factor in the age-related hair loss in men.

The cause of age-related hair loss in men is usually tied to androgenetic alopecia, which is commonly referred to as male pattern hair loss and is generally caused by DHT hormone. Androgenetic alopecia, which arises from genetic predisposition is the most common type of hair loss in men and it can also be rarely seen in women. But the studies show that environmental factors can also cause male pattern hair loss alongside of genetic predisposition. Smoking is one of these environmental factors and we will discuss the effects of smoking on male pattern hair loss in this article.

The study was conducted with Asian men around 65 years of age and the smoking habits of these men were examined, while considering other risk factors, at the time of the occurrence of androgenetic alopecia. The results indicate that hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia is increased in men who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day.

Nevertheless, there aren’t enough studies to this date to determine the effect of smoking on hair loss. New studies are needed in order to understand the impact of smoking on the issue of hair loss and that will be an important step for the solution of the issue.

Findings from the studies conducted so far indicate that smoking affects the hair loss as the hair cells fed through the veins under the skin cannot get enough oxygen (smoking reduces the oxygen levels in the blood) and because of the negative effect of smoking on the hair. In addition, smoking may cause a decrease in production of the “testosterone balancer” estrogen hormone, which is the main substance of the DHT hormone, triggering androgenic hair loss

It is not yet known how to reduce the effect of smoking on the androgenetic alopecia. Try to quit smoking to reduce the problem of hair loss and to preserve the health of our worn-out body. It is very important to get the help of an expert in this process, but you can also ask for help from your family and friends.