Stress, Hair Loss, and Hair Restoration

Did you know that 30 million women and 50 million men in the United States deal with hereditary hair loss? That’s right – 80 million people total. That’s a stressful statistic! Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso is here to help.

Before you begin getting worked up and worried about your own hair loss, here’s another important fact: stress is one of the most common factors in non-hereditary hair loss conditions. Whether your stress is brought on from a new job, a recent breakup, or a lifestyle change, it can cause excessive shedding and thinning of the hair.

Luckily, dermatologists are experts at diagnosing the root cause of hair loss and prescribing appropriate hair restoration techniques. Here are a few of the most common reasons for hair loss – as well as a few of the best supplements and treatments you can use to get gorgeous, healthy hair.


Hair loss, which is also called alopecia, can come about from a myriad of reasons, besides genetics and stress. Gluten sensitivity, medication, and even harsh weather can cause issues! Hormones can also play a huge role. In androgenetic alopecia, high levels of the androsterone hormone cause increased sensitivity to the hair follicles – leading to hair loss for both men and women. Other hormonal causes of hair loss occur with thyroid disorders, pregnancy, and post-pregnancy, or menopausal shifts in hormone levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Vitamin deficiencies can also be a factor in hair loss. Low iron and low niacin levels negatively affect the circulation of oxygen throughout the blood, and low vitamin B7 (biotin) and low L-lysine inhibit the production of proteins and amino acids. We need proteins to stimulate cells that make new hair follicles, and we need good blood flow to support this growth. So, to put it simply, deficiencies get in the way of our hair restoration efforts, and we need specific vitamins and minerals to have a healthy head of hair!

Each hair loss case is unique, of course, and hair restoration techniques should be personally applied to meet the needs of each individual! Dermatologists work with their patients to determine the cause or causes of hair loss, as well as the appropriate treatments. At Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso, we ask questions about lifestyle factors, medical disorders, recent illnesses, family history of hair loss, and hair care habits in order to evaluate and assess the situation. Dr. Karen and Dr. Peter Herman also perform physical examinations of the scalp and hair for a thorough analysis. Not only is medication customized for you to use at home, healthy hair care practices are counseled. Options of injections are also available in the office, including the protocol Dr. Karen uses for PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) infusion for hair restoration.

If you are stressed about your hair loss, that will likely lead to more hair loss. Instead of stressing about finding a solution, get to the root issue of your hair loss by consulting with the experts at the Dermatology & Aesthetic Center of El Paso. We will work with you to find a hair restoration solution that works for you.