Rapid hair loss is a gnawing problem affecting youths of today. The reasons for the same are many. These include hormonal problem like androgenetic alopecia, stress, lack of proper nutrition, lack of rest, etc. Along with the same rising pollution is also contributing to this problem as well. Being one of the leading hair loss treatment clinics in Kolkata, we at ByeByeBaldy would through this blog explore how pollution can cause hair loss.

Pollution and hair loss

Young patients residing in metros often complain of prickling, itching, dandruff, oily scalp and pain in the hair roots. Some studies have identified this as ‘Sensitive Scalp Syndrome’. This is a result of exposure to increasing levels of air pollution, dust, smoke, nickel, lead and arsenic. Hair transplant experts state that the resultant oxidative stress causes hair shedding similar to androgenetic alopecia. 

  • Sensitive Scalp Syndrome

A recent study in regard to hair loss owing to pollution revealed that people with sensitive scalp had 46% incidence of rapid hair loss in a short time. They are adversely affected by pollution which might lead to itching and burning of the scalp. There may even be epidermal scales, dandruff, and redness around the hair follicles. Thus this leads to faster exfoliation of the scalp. People suffering from this problem may complain of dandruff not responding to standard hair treatments as a result.

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  • Air particles from pollution leads to hair loss

Studies in regard to this problem also show that the nano size of suspended air particle matter (PM) itself causes oxidative stress. This is apart from biological interaction with the cells. It has been seen that these particles can serve as carriers for organic chemicals and metals capable of localizing in the mitochondria and generating reactive oxygen species. As a result, rapid hair loss may happen. 

  • Other pollutants leading the hair loss

If you are spending most of your time indoors, you cannot say that you are safe from the pollution of the outer environment. Hair experts say that pollutants in your home may cause hair fall. The pollutants can be in the form of cigarette smokes or invisible gasses from new wall paint etc. Cigarettes contain carcinogens which could damage the existing hair. On the other hand, the carbon contained in the fire smoke damage the hair follicles.

To conclude we can say that along with other causes the rising levels of air pollution too is emerging as a cause for rapid hair loss. Thus you must ensure cleaning the scalp during the shampoo. You should wet your hair, massage the shampoo on the scalp, leave it for a few minutes and then wash.  You should also rinse the hair well after the shampoo and make sure there are no residues left from the shampoo. You could frequently wash your hair with mild shampoos.

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