Hair loss comes in many forms and can happen for several different reasons -there are many different causes of hair loss. Today, we’re going to look at the compulsive disorder, trichotillomania how it causes hair loss and what you can do to try and promote regrowth.
What is Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania is an impulse-control disorder given to compulsive hair pulling. It is a psychological condition in which a person is unable to stop themselves from doing a particular action, in this case, pulling out hair. Often triggered by stress and depression trichotillomania is common with teenagers and can leave bald patches on the scalp, missing eyebrows, eyelashes or body hair.
Can you stop Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania is a compulsive disorder which means for most people you can’t just simply stop pulling the hair – it is something that can take some time and work to stop. The condition can not only affect the hair but also can cause the patient negative feelings including guilt and is often linked with anxiety, and sufferers often stop the hair-pulling when taken away from a stressful environment.
If you are suffering from Trichotillomania it is advised to seek help from your GP to help you stop pulling the hair out. If you manage to stop this early on – your hair can grow back as normal. However, for more severe cases or for those who leave it too long to get help to stop can be left with patches of hair loss which they’ll need help with regrowth for.
Can you help with regrowth for Trichotillomania?
As mentioned above, not everyone needs to look at treatment or tips for hair growth from Trichotillomania – for some, if caught early enough with the right help from your GP you can stop the hair-pulling and your hair will naturally grow back and the normal hair growth cycle will resume.
For a person suffering from Trichotillomania, a daily routine is important, this can ease anxiety which can help reduce the pulling – there are a few steps in a daily routine that can help to promote regrowth such as;
- Taking skin and hair supplements such as biotin can help to encourage growth by strengthening hair from the root
- Using essential oils such as lavender can help to make eyelashes stronger and thicker
- You can stimulate the scalp by massaging regularly, this can also keep the fingers active and ease the feeling of wanting to pull the hair
- A pull bracelet or fidget spinner are great accessories that can help keep hands busy, again, to ease the feeling of needing to pull the hair
If you have already contacted your GP and have managed to stop hair pulling but feel your hair regrowth is not starting you can book in for a no-obligation consultation where one of our hair loss specialists can look at your current hair loss and work with you on a treatment plan. This could be anything from hair loss medication to looking at restoration options such as hair transplants.