Receding Hairline in Teens
Androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, usually begins with a receding hairline in men. Though it typically affects older adult males, a receding hairline can begin as early as the teen years.
A receding hairline is the loss of hair from the sides of the top of the head beginning at the front of the hairline. The hair on the sides and back of the head is spared and a patch of hair in the middle remains at first, but might eventually recede as well.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a history of pattern baldness on either side of the family increases the chances of having a receding hairline 2. According to Nemours TeensHealth, male-pattern baldness can also be caused by taking steroids to build muscle 3.
Eating a healthful diet and being gentle with your hair during washing and styling may slow hair loss, but there is no proven way to prevent hair from receding.
A receding hairline from male-pattern baldness isn't harmful to one's health and does not need to be treated, but if it bothers you, there are things you can do. “The shorter the better.” Kobren also recommends a cosmetic concealer like DermMatch, which disguises the contrast between the scalp and hair. “A lot of physicians will recommend Rogaine or minoxidil for teens,” said Kobren. “Most doctors will not prescribe Propecia or finasteride for teens under 18 because they may not be fully developed and this is a hormonal treatment. Hair transplants are also a last resort for teens.” A new therapy for hair loss, called Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, which uses growth factors from the patient’s blood, has been showing promising results as well and might be a good option for teens because:
- it does not involve drugs
- has shown no adverse side effects
- Kobren said
If you are experiencing a receding hairline in your teens, talk to your doctor to confirm the hair loss is male-pattern baldness and not a result of something else.
- Spencer Kobren; American Hair Loss Association; Calabasas, CA
- Mayo Clinic: Hair Loss
- Nemours TeensHealth: Hair Loss
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- Penn State Hershey Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Staff. Health Information Library. Hair Loss. Penn State Hershey.Adam.com.
- The American Academy of Dermatology Staff. (2010). Dermatologists can help women win the fight against common forms of hair loss. AAD.org. Retrieved from
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