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Why Does Inflammation Cause Hair Loss?

Why Does Inflammation Cause Hair Loss?

January 19, 2016. Filed under Hairloss and Recovery . No Comments

So you’ve finally made the excellent decision to start at home hair loss treatment sessions by investing in the Theradome LH80 PRO. No more messy creams, no more visits to hair restoration clinics….pressing the button of your laser hair growth helmet twice-a-week is all you need to do for your laser hair therapy to work at its best. Right? Wrong.

Why settle for good results when you can obtain fantastic results? What other tools should you arm yourself with, on top your laser hair growth helmet? Let’s examine this question more closely.

All mammals, including humans, have what is called sebaceous glands on their skin. These secrete an oily type of viscous matter called sebum. Although this may not sound very appealing, sebum is essential for the lubrication and waterproofing of our skin. The waterproofing bit is more essential for our furry companions since we use umbrellas to protect ourselves from rainy weather, but it still helps to understand it for the context of laser hair therapy and at home hair loss treatment.

As seen in ancient relics and art from around the world, the umbrella was invented four thousand years ago. The Chinese, however, were the first to coat a parasol with wax to use as protection from the rain. Sebum works the same way and in essence, waterproofs our skin, particularly our faces and scalps. Up until now, this is pretty straightforward, and we’ve even included a little history lesson for your benefit. So where does this fit into undergoing successful laser hair therapy?

The term “inflammation” is never really associated with a positive outcome, unless perhaps referring to the growth potential of your savings. Hair is no exception, and hair loss is often associated with inflammation.

Several factors can trigger inflammation, one of which involves the overproduction of sebum. This is the result of sebaceous glands inflamed by an imbalance of hormones. An excessive amount of sebum can clog pores as it oozes out, bringing on pimples if you’re a teenager going through puberty, or causes inflammation of the scalp if you’re a tad older.

Other conditions that cause inflammation include dermatitis, psoriasis, ringworm, seborrhea, eczema, and a rare, genetically-passed on disease known as frontal fibrosing alopecia. This type of hair loss could potentially be slowed down or reversed with certain medications, including at home hair loss treatment and laser hair therapy. However, more clinical studies and research are needed to test their efficacy.

Additionally, fungus has been clinically proven to cause inflammatory responses and (very inconveniently) resides between the epidermis and dermis junctions of the scalp. Yes, you read this right. Fungus– the same kind that can spread in your toenails as athlete’s foot and can be caught with simple human contact. Most people’s scalps are populated by fungus, and they don’t even know it. This includes you. A certain percentage of the population, however, is allergic to certain species of fungi and experience its ill side effects, meaning inflammation and hair loss.

Don’t believe us? The number one selling shampoo in the world is Head and Shoulders, which contains pyrithione zinc, a naturally derived antifungal ingredient that is commonly used.

If you’ve just reached for your mirror, please put it back because you can’t see fungus with the visible eye. You can only see the unfortunate consequences of its presence, which is dandruff. What you can do, however, is eradicate the invasive species. In the case of nails, OTC medication (a compound called tolnaftate) is used. In the case of hair, antifungal shampoo is powered with a synthetic, antifungal medication. The three most effective ones belong to the azole family and consist of climbazole, ketoconazole and miconazole.

To summarize everything as simply as we can, any inflammation to the scalp, regardless of its causes, exacerbates hair loss. This is where using your laser hair helmet comes in, since laser hair therapy has been proven to decrease inflammation. To fight off this inflammation, and increase the efficiency of your laser hair loss treatment sessions, it is thus crucial to incorporate a shampoo regimen that addresses all inflammation and fungus issues properly when purchasing the Theradome LH80 PRO.

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