Myths about baldness
The alopecia androgenetic, or common baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. It starts with the entries, then it affects the crown … It can start at any time after puberty and it can not be prevented. “At present there is no fully effective treatment for baldness, but there are drugs that can slow the progression of hair loss,” explain the specialist Patricia Garcia, Dermatology Service University Hospital HM Puerta del Sur, and the chief of said service in the Hospital Universitario HM Montepríncipe, Raquel Novo.
In the case of androgenic alopecia, the only treatments that have shown efficacy are minoxidil 5 percent (lotion) and finasteride (oral treatment), although the latter is not recommended to premenopausal women because it may accentuate the decrease in androgen levels and the increase in estrogen, according to María Teresa Truchuelo, dermatologist at the Vithas Nuestra Señora de América Hospital in Madrid.
Apart from drugs, how do habits or genetics influence hair conservation? Experts belie some of the most popular myths.
Washing your hair every day promotes hair loss.
FALSE. In fact, according to García and Novo, “good hygiene is essential” to take care of hair health. Truchuelo agrees that this myth is totally false. “Regarding how many times we have to wash our hair, it is advisable to do it according to the needs of each one. If it is a greasy hair, we can wash it daily and even associate a fat regulating shampoo, while if it is dry, we recommend washing it between 2 and 3 times a week , and normal hair, according to each person’s preferences, “he explains.
The dyes and lacquers weaken the hair and cause its fall.
FALSE. Fixing gels, dyes or lacquers do not aggravate hair loss because they do not act on its root. In the same way, ” hair loss shampoos do not prevent hair from falling , although they improve their overall health,” García and Novo say.
If my father is bald, I will too.
FALSE. It is not possible to define a specific inheritance pattern due to the large number of genes involved. In this sense, Garcia and Novo warn: “Although there is no history of baldness in the family, it is possible that it appears. If you have any doubt, it is best to go to the dermatologist. ”
Feeding influences hair conservation.
TRUE. A good diet is a natural hair trim. “In fact, it is reinforced when we take compounds that have vitamin B12, biotin, folic acid, cystine, lipoic acid, beta-carotene, methionine, copper, zinc, etc., which give brightness and strength, helping to stop the fall,” says Truchuelo.
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