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Stressed Out: The Link Between Stress and Hair Loss




We've all heard the saying, "I'm so stressed I'm pulling my hair out," but did you know that stress can actually cause hair loss? It's true, and it's a common problem for many people. Whether it's due to work, family, or personal issues, stress can take a toll on our bodies, and our hair is no exception.


How Stress Causes Hair Loss

Several factors, including genetics, hormonal imbalances, and certain medical conditions, can cause hair loss. However, stress can also contribute to hair loss, and it's essential to understand how this happens.

Stress can trigger an immune system response, leading to inflammation. Inflammation can affect the hair follicles, causing them to shrink and enter a resting phase. When this happens, hair growth slows down and eventually falls out.

Moreover, stress can lead to hormonal imbalances, particularly an increase in the production of cortisol. Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress. It can cause hair follicles to become less responsive to growth signals. The release of cortisol can lead to hair thinning and hair loss over time.


Taking Time to Relax for Hair Regrowth

Relaxing can help promote hair regrowth. Here are some tips for including relaxation in your daily life:

  1. Practice meditation or deep breathing techniques. These practices can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  2. Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve overall health.

  3. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep is essential for overall health and can help reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  4. Make time for hobbies or activities that you enjoy. Doing things that make you happy can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

  5. Practice self-care. Taking a relaxing bath or getting a massage can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Sources:

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  2. Arck PC, Handjiski B, Hagen E, Pincus M, Bruenahl CA, Bienenstock J, Ehrhardt J, Schedlowski M. Is there a 'gut-brain-skin axis'? Exp Dermatol. 2010 Jul;19(7):401-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0625.2009.01067.x

  3. Healthline. Hair loss due to stress: how to treat it. Accessed March 6, 2023. https://www.healthline.com/health/stress-hair-loss


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