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When to See a Dermatologist for Hair Loss

Hair loss is a common reason for a visit to the dermatology office. Losing hair is a normal part of our biology. It is absolutely normal to lose anywhere between 50-150 hairs every single day. However, if your hair is falling out in clumps, if you notice circular areas of hair thinning or you are simply concerned about your hair shedding – it is time to make an appointment with us.

Hair loss can occur for many reasons. One of the most common reasons someone might experience hair loss is because of a major stressor or life event. This type of hair loss, called Telogen Effluvium, generally occurs 90 or so days after the ‘event’. A common scenario might be after having a baby, major surgery with general anesthesia, loss of a loved one or even an event such as an illness or change in jobs. This type of hair loss is characterized by overall thinning all over the scalp, without clumps of hair loss. Although this condition generally resolves on its’ own within a year, there are some strategies to help and your provider can walk you through all of the options.

Telogen effluvium is a condition in which diffuse hair loss occurs about three months after a major life event such as getting married, giving birth to a baby, undergoing major surgery, or illness. Even diet or emotional stress can trigger telogen effluvium. People typically notice an overall thinning of hair throughout the scalp. The good news is that it resolves usually in 6 months with spontaneous new hair growth. No intervention or treatment is needed.

Androgenetic hair loss is another type of hair loss, characterized for men by thinning of the hair on top of the scalp or towards the forehead and for women as widening of their central hair part or significant thinning on the top of the scalp. Hereditary factors play a large role in this type of hair loss and there are numerous treatment options – including oral pills, injections, and topical foams.

Auto-immune conditions can cause hair loss. Called Alopecia Areata, this occurs when a person’s own immune system attacks the hair follicles. Often times, this results in coin-shaped areas of total or near-total hair loss. Alopecia areata tends to respond well to in-office treatments like injections, as well as systemic or topical medications.

If you have been losing more hair than normal, or have concerns about your hair loss, call our offices today to make an appointment with one of our medical providers.

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board-certified dermatology Physician Assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina location.

Acne Pop Up: You Are What You Eat?

Acne is one of the most common reasons for someone to seek care from a dermatology office, and one of the most common questions they might ask us is “Is my diet causing my acne?” Recently, multiple studies have been published providing links from some foods to causing acne.

This research suggests that high glycemic foods – like white bread and pasta, sugar and other carbohydrates, were very strongly linked to causing acne. Low-fat dairy products were also a culprit, and a link was shown between skim type dairy products and acne. Researchers are still looking into exactly why these two food groups cause acne, but signs are pointing towards hormones being one of the causes.

Studies have also been showing that some foods might also help with the treatment of acne! Polyphenols are nutrients that have a significant amount of antioxidants, and foods with high levels of polyphenols may help to decrease inflammation and potentially acne as well. Foods like berries, fruits, green tea, and wine are examples of where you can find polyphenols in the diet.

Although this research is exciting, we know that diet alone is not enough to treat acne. If you are suffering from acne give our offices a call today. We are accepting new patients and can accommodate most visit requests within one week.

Brooke Moss, PA-C, MPH is a board-certified dermatology Physician Assistant. She is accepting new patients in our Edina location.

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