Is your hair loss due to stress and anxiety?

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Have you noticed more hair on your pillow when you wake up in the morning? If so, you may be experiencing hair loss or thinning. Up to 50% of women are affected by hair loss and this can be cause of great stress and anxiety. However, your hair loss may be due to stress and anxiety. Many medical professionals argue that daily-life stress doesn’t cause your hair to fall out. However, severe stress that causes you to lose sleep, eat poorly, or create hormonal imbalance in your body, can impact your hair health.

 

 

 

 

There are three types of hair loss due to severe stress and anxiety:

  • Telogen effluvium: The average adult head has approximately 150,000 hair and loses about 100 hair a day. We are born with all of the hair follicles and each hair follows its own growth cycle. At any time, 90% of the hair on your head is in active growth phase or the Anagen cycle. After which, the hair enters the Catagen cycle briefly as it transitions out of the Anagen phase. Lastly, it enters the Telogen cycle, a resting phase during which the hair follicle re-enters the Anagen cycle and sheds the old hair. When experiencing high stress, a large number of your hair follicles may be pushed into the Telogen or resting cycle. You will notice more than normal hair fall out at this time when you brush or shampoo your hair.
  • Trichotillomania: This is a condition in which one has the urge to pull out hair due to stress and anxiety. This usually starts out as a harmless impulsive act similar to nail biting and is related to obsessive-compulsive disorders. Slowly but surely the act becomes engrained and stress is relieved on the impulse of pulling out the hair. Because it is a conditioned response to stress, CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) or behavior modification programs are needed to find other coping mechanisms while reducing stress.
  • Alopecia areata: Alopecia is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system starts attacking hair follicles causing hair to fall out in patches. The body does not readily recognize its own tissue and thus treats it as invasive pushing out the hair to cause bald spots.
With the above types of hair loss due to stress, hair loss and thinning may be temporary. However, in many cases treatment may be required to stimulate growth. A good place to start is the KerMax line of haircare products. Designed specifically for women, these naturally derived products halt hair loss and thinning and re-energize the hair follicles. Made with fruit stem cells, organic pea sprouts, botanical extracts, and peptide amino acids, KerMax products have shown to decrease the Telogen phase. Within a few weeks of using KerMax products, regrowth of hair that is stronger from root to tip is seen. Note that, KerMax products are safe to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have just undergone the stress of childbirth and have noticed hair loss, consider using KerMax. You can find the KerMax line of haircare products at your nearest Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada or at CVS locations in the US.
 
Is stress and anxiety a cause of hair loss? Yes, if the stress is severe and affects your physiological and psychological balance. If you have noticed hair loss and are otherwise well-nourished and are not suffering from any medical conditions, your hair loss may be due to high levels of stress and anxiety. These high levels of stress may be causing a hormonal imbalance in your body resulting in hair loss through various conditions. If this is the case, consider replacing your regular haircare products with those from KerMax. Naturally derived, these products have shown to decrease hair loss and stimulate growth of hair that is stronger and thicker within a few weeks.

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