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Statistics show that 85% of men will experience thinning hair and hair loss by the time they are 50.  For women, most will experience it in their 40s. Know the causes of thinning hair and learn how to deal with it.

Top Causes of Thinning Hair

1. Genetics
Genetic predisposition is the most common cause of hair loss. Medically termed as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), this accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes hair follicles to shrink, which prevents hair from growing. As its counterpart, Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) is the general thinning over the entire scalp, predominantly at the crown.

2. Aging
As you age, so does your hair growth cycle. It’s inevitable that the hair follicles deteriorate and cause thinning hair.

3. Severe stress
Stress produces increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair growth cycle.

4. Poor nutrition
This includes Vitamin D, iron, and protein deficiency, and too much Vitamin A.

5. Illnesses
This includes anemia, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, infection, inflammatory skin conditions, and other skin disorders.

6. Medications
Some types of drugs especially with high dosage can interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth.

7. Hormonal imbalance
This includes extreme hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum depression, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and menopause.

8. Self-Inflicted
This includes excessive styling, applying too much chemicals in your hair, using hot combs, and getting overly tight hairstyles.

Dealing with Thinning Hair

DERMAX Professional recently launched DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy, a new and advanced plant-based serum formula specially developed to target and prevent thinning hair.

It is formulated with encapsulated procyanidin oligomers from apples that have been clinically shown to target thinning hair. Clinical study shows that hair thickness increased by 80%. And because procyanidin oligomers are natural and plant-based, it didn’t have any side effects.

DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy is enhanced with Shikakai water, Jeju aloe, and Acacia extract to help rejuvenate scalp.

Shikakai is known as “hair fruit” that strengthens hair roots by enhancing hair’s binding properties. Shikakai water and Acacia extracts are high in vitamins A, C, K, and D, along with other micronutrients and antioxidants. Jeju Aloe has been specially imported from Jeju island. Aloe extract contains enzymes that eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp that could be clogging the hair follicles. It reduces redness and inflammation and it retains water and moisture in the scalp.

DERMAX PHYTE can be most effective in cases caused by hormonal imbalance, aging, or temporary causes. For genetic predispositions, it can only lessen or delay thinning hair. Generally, improvement can be seen after the new hair growth cycle (3 to 6 weeks). Results may vary, however, depending on your hair and scalp condition so it is best to consult with a doctor for personal assessment. 

*NEW* DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy is
exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center,
and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide. P999 only.

This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on February 9, 2016. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
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