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Smoking Can Cause Hair Loss

Smoking cigarettes causes damage to hair follicles that can lead to hair loss.

In 1996 two doctors conducted a study of over 600 patients and found correlations that indicated a correlation between smoking and hair loss in men (to date not enough women have been studied). This study was later confirmed in an Asian community, and high doses of environmental smoke triggered alopecia alopecia in mice in research published in 2000.71

Researchers believe that some of the ways smoking causes hair loss include the following:71-72

  • Inflammatory effects that cigarette smoke has on the smallest blood vessels of dermal hair papilla
  • Toxic damage to hair follicle DNA
  • Imbalance in the hair follicle systems that control parts of the hair growth cycle
  • Inflammatory effects that lead to cell damage and development of fibrotic tissue in the hair follicle
  • Creation of a hypo-estrogenic state by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme responsible for creating the estrogenic hormone estradiol

Medical Treatment

Smoking cessation should be the first treatment option, given the many health benefits in addition to stopping any hair loss.71

Herbal and Supplement Treatment Options

In the study on high doses of environmental smoke causing alopecia in mice, the administration of a mixture of l-cystine with vitamin B6 prevented this effect.71

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Medical term for hair loss.
Located at the base of the hair follicle,
this structure is fed by tiny blood vessels that carry nutrients necessary to grow hair,
contains androgen receptors, and controls the hair growth cycle.