• Why am I having hair loss on my arms?

    Why am I having hair loss on my arms?

    Hair loss can be a worry for everyone, and it’s so easy to simply think about hair loss only happening on the scalp but hair loss can happen all over the body for a number of different reasons.

    Today, we’re discussing hair loss on the arms and why this is something you might be experiencing.

    Hair loss on arms

    Hair loss on the head is a very common problem, hair loss on areas of the body such as the arms and legs is much rarer. For most, hair loss on the arms will manifest itself as either complete loss or as a significant and noticeable decrease.

    Reasons for hair loss on arms

    Similar, to hair loss on the scalp, you can experience hair loss on your arms for a number of different reasons.

    Skin conditions; skin conditions such as dermatitis, seborrhea, psoriasis, eczema and keratosis pilaris can cause hair loss on both the arm and legs.

    Conditions such as psoriasis are caused by immune cells attacking healthy skin which can, in turn, lead to hair loss. Keratosis pilaris is an inflammatory disease of the skin follicles which can affect the hair follicles and lead to hair loss.

    Other issues such as skin injuries and burns can also damage hair follicles and temporarily stop hair growth, from some injuries it can cause cells to no longer support hair growth.

    Steroid use; Steroid usage, particularly steroids used by bodybuilders  (that contain testosterone) in order to improve muscle gain can cause hair loss across the body if taken for a long period of time.

    Physiological disorders; Medical conditions such as alopecia universalis, hyperthyroidism and pituitary gland disorders can cause both arm and leg hair.

    Medication; Certain prescription medications can cause hair loss across different areas of the body. Some can even lead to hair loss on the arms. Drugs used to treat issues such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis and cancer can be some of the drugs to lead to hair loss.

    Lifestyle factors ; Lifestyle factors such as your diet or stress (both physical and emotional) can actually cause hair loss. Stress is one of the main causes of hair loss on the scalp, however, it can also contribute to unusual hair loss across the body.

    If you would like more information on hair loss please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

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