Research studies have identified a strong link between cigarette smoking and hair loss which is alarming, especially if you are someone with a family history of baldness. The situation is more worrying for males. So in case of males who smoke up to 20 or more cigarettes every day then they are more likely at the risk of going bald.
Smoking causes significant damage to the hair follicles and scalp in 2 major ways:
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Cigarette smoke consists of hundreds of chemicals, most of them poisonous, which adversely affect all parts of the body including the hair. Poisonous chemicals in cigarettes and the smoke emitted from cigarettes poison the blood and destroy hair follicle cells. This smoke also hazardously impacts the circulation of blood in general which indicates disruptive blood flow to your hair follicles. Smoking induces blood vessels to compress and the scalp is unable to receive the blood it requires to aid normal healthy hair growth. This further impairs the normal hair growth/loss cycle which takes place on a daily basis and leads to hair thinning and finally loss. Thus smoking directly affects blood supply as suggested by the study evidences.
You can treat the chronic dandruff and other underlying bacterial and fungal infections of the scalp that may have been the outcome of smoking. Smokers with a vulnerable immune system may use anti-fungal medication such as Fluconazole or Lamatril to help heal and clear up infected hair follicles.
Here, we have arranged a list of symptoms that shows that your hair loss is due to smoking or if you may encounter smoke-linked loss in near future:
Also remember that sudden quitting of smoking can be very sickening and can engage serious nicotine withdrawal symptoms that also cause hair loss such as:
Hair loss caused by smoking is not permanent and can be cured or reversed by developing an accurate plan for quitting smoking, going “cold turkey” (only puffing up a cigarette and not smoking), load up with balanced diet and nourish your scalp so your hair will grow up.
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