- Male Pattern Baldness typically starts at the hairline. It usually recedes to form an “M” shape but it can also develop on the crown of the head.
- Hair loss isn’t usually a cause for concern but in some cases, it can be linked to medical conditions which is why you should talk to your doctor.
- For some men, hair loss is simply a natural part of growing older while others experience negative psychological effects, such as low self-esteem, anxiety, or depression. Luckily, there are some treatment options that may help.
As much as we try to escape it, aging is a natural part of life and so are some of the side effects that come with it. Hair loss is no exception. The National Library of Medicine points out that almost everyone has some hair loss with aging. Hair growth also slows down as we grow older too.
Unfortunately, men are more susceptible to hair loss compared to women. This is because men are constantly producing testosterone and making DHT which makes them more likely to lose their hair. Women don’t have a similar genetic disposition. If you’re starting to lose your hair, here’s what you need to know about male pattern baldness including the common signs, causes, and possible treatment options.
What Is Male Pattern Baldness?
Everyone loses hair every day. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD) says it’s normal to shed between 50 to 100 strands per day. But when your hair falls out, it usually grows back and the cycle repeats. However, most men will notice that they start losing more hair as they age, and that hair stops growing back. This may be known as male pattern baldness (also called androgenetic alopecia) and it’s the most common type of hair loss in men.
If it’s happening to you, you should know you’re not alone. It affects about 50 million men in the United States. The National Library of Medicine also notes more than 50-percent of men over the age of 50 will experience male pattern baldness to some degree.