Losing your hair is one of those things that many men fear about getting older. And while for most men hair loss isn’t anything to be worried about, a thinning hairline or balding crown can impact your confidence and how you feel.

The gradual, genetic hair loss that many men experience as they get older is called male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia. It’s so common that by the age of 50 half of all men will experience some hair loss.

So, if you’re dealing with hair loss from male pattern baldness, we’re here to help you feel informed and in control. Read on to learn about the symptoms, causes and effective treatments.

MALE PATTERN BALDNESS SYMPTOMS

What is considered a normal amount of hair loss per day for males? The average scalp is covered with 100,000 hair follicles. While most people lose between 50-100 hairs a day, a consistent loss of 150 hairs or more a day is considered significant hair loss.

As well as noticing a change in your hairline or hair density, there are some other clues that may suggest more hair loss than usual:

  • Finding hair on your pillow
  • More strands in your brush or comb than usual
  • More hair in the drain
  • Sunburn on thinning spots on your scalp

While age is a factor in hair loss, don’t be alarmed if you’re still young when you notice symptoms like thinning at the crown. Male pattern baldness can start as early as your teens or early twenties.

WHAT CAUSES HAIR LOSS IN MEN?

Male pattern baldness or male pattern hair loss is the common name for a condition called androgenic alopecia, and it is by far the most common cause of hair loss in men. In fact, male pattern baldness is the cause of 95% of all male hair loss.

A combination of hereditary hair loss factors, hormone activity, and age result in the shortening of the hair growth cycle and gradual shrinking of hair follicles. This means that each growth cycle produces a shorter, finer, much-less-visible hair. In time, some follicles become incapable of producing visible hair at all.

FACTORS AFFECTING MALE PATTERN BALDNESS:

FAMILY HISTORY:

Hereditary hair loss can come from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family, so looking to the generations above you may give you a clue into your family’s hair loss trends.

HORMONAL HAIR LOSS IN MEN:

The male hormone testosterone and one of its byproducts DHT are known to have an impact on the hair follicles. Fluctuations in these androgens (male hormones) over time may be a factor in male pattern hair loss.

AGING & HAIR LOSS:

Hair thinning can be very gradual, so it's no wonder that age is a factor affecting male pattern baldness. The effect of genetic factors and hormones on your hair follicles will increase over time, meaning that hair loss is often more noticeable in older men.

HOW TO GROW THICKER, FULLER HAIR

While there are plenty of hairstyles or haircuts to help hide your receding hairline or thinning hair, there are also over the counter hair loss treatments available to regrow thinning hair. Minoxidil the active ingredient in ROGAINE®, is an effective treatment that reactivates the hair follicles on your scalp so you can regrow thicker, fuller hair.

ROGAINE® and its active ingredient minoxidil, are the only FDA approved topical treatment. It is the only treatment approved for over-the-counter use.

Twice-daily application with either the ROGAINE® 5% Minoxidil Solution or ROGAINE® 5% Minoxidil Unscented Foam is clinically proven to boost hair regrowth. In fact, clinical studies nearly 9 out of 10 men noticed results after using ROGAINE®*. When using minoxidil for male pattern hair loss, consistency is key. You can expect results within 3-6 months, and continued use is necessary to improve and maintain hair regrowth.

If you’ve noticed the symptoms of male pattern baldness, try ROGAINE® to boost your follicles and regrow thicker, fuller hair. Explore the range of Rogaine® products for men, and give your receding or thinning hair a boost with this clinically-proven, effective hair regrowth treatment.

MEN’S HAIR LOSS FAQ

How is male pattern baldness inherited?

You may have heard the common misconception that male pattern baldness is inherited from your mother’s side. However, there are in fact multiple genes that can affect your likelihood of going bald, and these can be inherited from both parents. So, while it’s never a certainty, looking at the hairlines of older family members may give you an indication of your likelihood to develop male pattern baldness.

What causes hair loss in young men?

While the likelihood of androgenic alopecia increases with age, male pattern baldness can begin as early as your teenage years2. However, other factors affecting hair loss in young men can include stress, autoimmune conditions, nutritional deficiencies, certain medications or thyroid issues.

Can stress cause male hair loss?

Yes, stress can trigger or worsen hair loss in men. Both acute stress (such as grief or an illness) and chronic stress can impact hair shedding. The types of hair loss caused or worsened by stress are telogen effluvium, alopecia areata and trichotillomania.

What hormone can cause hair loss in men?

Male pattern baldness is affected by the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT)3, a byproduct of testosterone. How receptive your hair follicles are to DHT is determined by your genetics, which is why your genes have an impact on your likelihood of developing male pattern baldness.

Can low testosterone cause hair loss in males?

Yes, low testosterone can be a contributing factor to balding in men. Thinning hair on the body, rather than just the scalp, can also be an indication of low testosterone levels.

*In a 4-month clinical study (n=352) of twice daily use of Men's ROGAINE®* Foam vs. Placebo

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