Can Inflammation Cause Hair Loss?


All mammals, which includes men and women, have oil glands in their skin (1). These glands secrete sebum, an oily viscous substance.

The oil glands are therefore called sebaceous glands. Although sebum may sound gross, your skin needs it for waterproofing and lubricating itself. Furry animals need waterproofing more than humans. (2)

Humans use umbrellas to safeguard themselves from the rain. In case you didn't know, the Chinese used wax to coat parasols to deter rain.

Sebum functions a lot like that. It serves as a waterproof, protective coating on your skin. The human scalp and face have or produce the maximum sebum than any other part of the body.

Does Inflammation Lead to Hair Loss?

"Inflammation" has historically had negative connotations. And that's understandable because the term is synonymous with heat. Therefore, let's try to understand what leads to chronic Inflammation and if inflammation can cause hair loss.

Many factors could trigger Inflammation; sebum overproduction (3) is one of the reasons. Sebum is overproduced when there are hormonal imbalance issues. The sebum blocks your skin's pores as it surfaces, which lead to facial Acne if you are in your teens, or scalp inflammation in case you are older. This explains why young people usually have acne problems, and people in their 30s and beyond have thinning hair or go bald. (4)

Other conditions that cause Inflammation include psoriasis, dermatitis, seborrhea, ringworm, eczema, alopecia areata and frontal fibrosing alopecia, which is a rare disease passed on through genes (5). Certain medications, laser hair therapy, and at-home treatments can potentially slow down such kind of hair loss. However, more research and clinical studies are needed to test their efficacy thoroughly.

Besides, the fungus can also cause an inflammatory condition. The fungus usually dwells between your scalp's dermis junctions and epidermis. This is the same fungus that spreads as athlete's foot in your toenails and could be caught with basic human touch. A lot of people, in fact, suffer from scalp inflammation fungus and do not realize it. (6)

Final Thoughts

So there we have it, Inflammation can indeed lead to patches of hair loss in both men and women, but it's important to remember that so can a lot of other things.

The good news is that if your hair loss is due to Inflammation, you should be able to reverse back to your old healthy hair by using shampoos for hair growth. 

Taking a look at your diet would be a good start and then finding a legit hair shampoo would be another good step to take.

Keep in mind though that I am not a medical professional, you shouldn't take anything I have written in this post as medical advice.

You should always consult a registered medical professional if you think something is wrong with your health. I am not a medical professional.

Once again, The information in this post is not medical advice.

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