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Does Smoking Make You Bald?

Posted in: General Health 02 Oct, 2014

By now, everyone should be aware of the risks of smoking, such as cancer, chest complaints, strokes and heart disease. The list goes on. But it has also been shown to have an adverse affect on hair. This may sound somewhat strange, but smoking can deteriorate the condition of your hair, leading to hair loss.

Research has revealed a link between tobacco smoking and baldness, which is rather worrying, especially if you’re a man with a family history of hair loss. If you smoke over 20 cigarettes a day, you’re at a greater risk of suffering hair loss.

So how does it prompt hair loss?

The hair grows from follicles – sac-like structures located underneath the scalp, which need oxygen, essential nutrients and vitamins/minerals to trigger hair growth and function properly.

Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic and can affect all areas of your body, including hair. The smoke harms your blood circulation, causing the flow to your hair follicles to weaken. This affects the daily hair growth/loss cycle and results in gradual hair thinning.

Some claim that since smoking affects the immune system, certain conditions can develop which damage hair follicles and result in eventual hair loss.

The age factor

Another contributing factor is old age: hair loss is generally part of the ageing process and smoking cigarettes can accelerate this. As smoking can cause other types of premature aging such as wrinkles, it’s easy to draw the connection. The hair needs nourishment in the same way skin does. Smoking can instigate clogging of the scalp pores.

One of the best times to quit

The best way to prevent any of this is to try and kick the habit. Why not take part in the Stoptober challenge and quit smoking for 28 days? Doing so makes you five times more likely to quit for good.

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