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Does smoking cause hair loss?

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Last updated: Feb 19, 2020
  • Smoking is not a significant cause of hair loss
  • It’s unlikely that smoking will have any noticeable effect on your hair growth
  • There are people who smoke their entire lives and don’t lose their hair. Equally there are people who never smoke and lose their hair at a young age
  • It’s possible that if you already have hair loss caused by a far more significant cause (such as DHT), smoking could worsen the hair loss
  • Smoking reduces blood circulation in the body’s extremeties. That means less blood flows to your hair.
  • Your hair needs a supply of blood, otherwise it won’t grow
  • The hair loss treatment, Minoxidil, works by increasing blood supply to your hair
  • Therefore, by quitting smoking, you might notice improved hair growth
  • However, quitting smoking won’t stop hair loss.
  • If you’re losing your hair the cause is almost certainly related to the hormone DHT and/or stress
  • DHT and stress have so much mor eimpact on your hair than smoking, by comparison, smoking will have no noticeable effect

Does Smoking Cause Hair Loss
I’ll start by saying I smoke. In fact I’m smoking right now. I know people who have smoked for years and have no signs of hair loss. I also know people who have never smoked and are none the less totally bald. That said…
Yes, smoking does cause hair loss.
Smoking causes hair loss in two ways:

It may also have some minor clogging effect on the scalps pores when combined with sebum.
You should quit smoking. But not because it causes hair loss. The impact smoking has on hair loss is almost insignificant in comparison to the impact DHT and stress have. So if you’re looking for the primary cause of your hair loss, smoking is almost certainly not the one.
Recently a study found that people living in highly polluted areas experience a greater rate of hair loss. This is likely to do with the same reasons as smoking – so the impact of polluting the lungs with chemicals and smoke is measurable in terms of hair loss.
You should try to quit as it will benefit your health greatly, especially your long term health. But don’t expect your hair to grow back when you quit. You’ll need to do more than that. For example, you’ll need to re-activate your dormant hair follicles if you have already experienced some hair loss.
If you’d like to see some horrifying pictures check out this page on smoking and circulation.
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