When a man starts to lose his hair, he may want to pick up a pack of Rogaine; but he should also consider putting down his pack of cigarettes. A new study in the Archives of Dermatology highlights smoking’s impact on genetic male baldness, and it’s definitely a drag.
A university in Taiwan studied 750 men, some of whom smoked at least 20 cigarettes each day. These men showed more amplified hair loss than the other participants, and experts believe that the effects of smoking could be even greater in white men.
Researchers believe that smoking can make androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) more severe by contributing to the destruction of hair follicles, increasing estrogen, and changing the scalp’s blood circulation. Additionally, they recommended that men displaying the early signs of hair loss think about quitting the already-unhealthy habit.
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