Many people are aware that smoking increases your risk of developing lung cancer and respiratory illnesses. However, the negative health effects of smoking are not limited to your lungs. These chemicals can travel from your lungs to your bloodstream when you breathe them in. They can spread to other parts of your body through your blood and have a negative impact on many aspects of your health.
One of the less well-known side effects of smoking is an increased risk of hair loss. It is unclear why smoking is associated with hair loss, but many factors are thought to be involved. Tobacco use has the potential to harm your hair follicles and increase your risk of developing hair loss.
The researchers discovered that 425 of 500 smokers had some degree of hair loss, whereas only 200 of 500 nonsmokers had signs of hair loss. Smoking can also cause oxidative stress and decreased blood flow to your hair follicles, which can lead to hair loss.
Smoking causes your body to produce more free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that easily react with other molecules in your body and can potentially damage your cells' DNA. Furthermore, oxidative stress occurs when your body has an abnormally high level of free radical activity.Tobacco smoke, pollution, radiation, and ultraviolet rays are all potential sources of oxidative stress.
Tobacco contains chemicals that can harm your circulation and cardiovascular health. Smoking also causes plaque buildup in your blood vessels, which increases your risk of developing conditions such as blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke. Blood vessels nourish your hair follicles and allow nutrients to be delivered and waste to be eliminated. Impaired blood flow to your scalp may result in hair loss or damage.
When you stop smoking, you can undo some of the damage that smoking has done to your body. For example, if you don't smoke for 15 or 16 years, your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is the same as if you never smoked. It's unclear whether smoking-related hair loss can be reversed. If the thinning hair is caused by a medical condition, some people can achieve noticeable hair regrowth. You're unlikely to see significant regrowth if you have male-pattern or female-pattern hair loss. You may find that using Rogaine (minoxidil) helps you achieve some regrowth.
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