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Cigarette Smoking Contributes to Hair Loss

Posted by DrMarder Skin on

Worried about losing that full head of hair? If so, you should think twice about smoking cigarettes. Everyone is aware of the health dangers smoking causes, such as the increased risk of a heart attack and lung cancer. Recent observational studies reveal that you can add hair loss to the list of reasons why smoking is bad for your health. Smoking tobacco constricts blood vessels in the body, preventing oxygen from traveling to your extremities. As a result of this bad circulation, hair follicles on your scalp do not receive the minerals and nutrients they need to remain healthy. The more an individual smokes, the more likely he/ she is to suffer from hair loss. Though heredity is a main determinant of hair loss, quitting the cancer sticks can help postpone the inevitable. Lines and wrinkles will eventually form on your skin the longer you smoke, speeding up the aging process.

Tobacco cigarettes also increase the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, a hormone proven to contribute to hair loss in both men and women.

Further, smoking weakens the immune system and causes various diseases that contribute to hair loss. If the dangers of smoking have not scared you into quitting already, losing your hair might be the deciding factor in making a healthy change.


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