Last updated on July 27, 2023
Does your immune system help grow hair? New Ideas About Balding
Hair loss affects millions of people around the world, and it can be a distressing and embarrassing experience. There are many factors that contribute to hair loss, including genetics, age, and lifestyle choices.
Recent research suggests that your immune system may play a crucial role in the growth of your hair. In this ebook, we’ll explore the latest ideas about balding and how your immune system helps grow hair.
Balding, or androgenic alopecia, is a common form of hair loss that affects both men and women. It’s characterised by gradual hair thinning on the scalp, which can eventually lead to bald patches and a receding hairline.
A combination of hormonal, environmental, and genetic factors contribute to androgenic alopecia. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone produced by the male hormone testosterone, is thought to be one of the main culprits in androgenic alopecia.
The Role of Your Immune System
Recent research has uncovered a surprising link between your immune system and hair growth. Your immune system is responsible for defending your body against harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria. However, it also plays a role in regulating hair growth.
Inflammation and hair loss
When your immune system detects an infection or injury, it triggers an inflammatory response. This response helps to remove damaged tissue and promote healing. However, chronic inflammation can damage healthy cells and tissue, including hair follicles.
Studies have found that chronic inflammation of hair follicles can lead to hair loss. An overactive immune system is frequently to blame for this type of inflammation. In some cases, the immune system attacks hair follicles, mistaking them for foreign invaders.
Immune cells and hair growth
While inflammation can contribute to hair loss, immune cells can also play a positive role in hair growth. Researchers have found that immune cells called regulatory T-cells (Tregs) play a critical role in maintaining hair follicles. Tregs are responsible for preventing other immune cells from attacking hair follicles.
In a study published in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers found that blocking Tregs caused hair loss in mice. The study suggests that tregs may be a key factor in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss.
Immune System Boosters for Hair Growth
Given the link between the immune system and hair growth, it’s possible that boosting your immune system could help promote hair growth. Here are some ways to boost your immune system naturally:
Eat a healthy diet.
Eating a balanced diet that’s rich in nutrients can help support your immune system. Focus on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. These foods are rich in vitamins and minerals that can help support immune function.
Regular exercise is an excellent way to boost your immune system. Exercise helps to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote the production of immune cells.
Get enough sleep.
Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. When you sleep, your body produces cytokines, which are proteins that help fight infection and inflammation. Aim to get at least seven hours of sleep per night to support your immune system.
Chronic stress can weaken your immune system and contribute to inflammation. Try to find ways to reduce stress, such as practising yoga or meditation, spending time in nature, or connecting with friends and family.
Take immune-boosting supplements.
There are several supplements that can help support immune function, including vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, and probiotics. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements, as they can interact with medications and cause side effects.
You now have a better understanding of how your immune system plays a vital role in maintaining healthy hair follicles and promoting hair growth.
Crown Clinic for Hair Loss
The Crown Clinic is a medical practice that specialises in hair loss diagnosis and treatment. We are a team of experienced and skilled hair transplant doctors who use the latest techniques and technologies to provide natural-looking and long-lasting results for their patients.
Our clinic offers personalised care and comprehensive consultations to ensure that each patient’s unique needs and goals are met. We used state-of-the-art equipment and technologies to diagnose and treat hair loss effectively, and they provide ongoing support and follow-up care to ensure that our patients are satisfied with their results.
Have a look at some of the treatments we offer that can be of benefit if you are experiencing hair loss due to a compromised immune system.
Dr Tony Prochazka
MBBS, FFMACCS, or Cosmetic Doctor
Dr Tony Prochazka is an experienced doctor with over two decades of expertise in hair restoration techniques and scalp micropigmentation treatments.
He was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and formerly served as the vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is highly respected in the medical field for his knowledge and expertise.
Dr Raphael Dworkin
MBBS, BSc (Hons), ACEM
Dr Raphael Dworkin is a highly-accomplished doctor with comprehensive experience in both critical care and restorative hair techniques. He graduated and trained at several of the most respected hospitals in London and currently serves as a senior critical care doctor at one of Sydney’s premier hospitals.
His expertise in restorative hair techniques has earned him a reputation as one of the top doctors in his field.
How to schedule a consultation
To schedule a consultation at our Melbourne clinic, please contact us at 02 9134 4788 or book online via our website.
Should you require more information before making an appointment, please use our live chat available on our website. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you require more information on hair regrowth, please read our most frequently asked questions:
Why isn’t my hair growing?
There could be various reasons why your hair isn’t growing, including genetics, age, hormonal imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, stress, and certain medical conditions. It’s important to identify the underlying cause of your hair loss to determine the most effective treatment.
What actually makes your hair grow?
Hair growth is a complex process that involves several stages. The hair follicle, which is located in the skin, produces hair through a process called keratinization. This process involves the conversion of cells into keratin, a protein that makes up hair, skin, and nails.
What stimulates hair growth?
Several factors can stimulate hair growth, including a balanced diet rich in nutrients, regular exercise, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and using hair growth products that contain ingredients like biotin, caffeine, and keratin. Some medical treatments, such as minoxidil, can also stimulate hair growth.
What makes your hair grow faster naturally?
There are several natural ways to promote faster hair growth, including eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, using a gentle shampoo and conditioner on wet hair, massaging the scalp, avoiding heat styling and chemical treatments, and using hair growth products that contain natural ingredients like coconut oil, castor oil, and aloe vera.
What is the secret of hair growth?
There is no single secret to hair growth, as it’s a complex process that involves several factors. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, getting enough sleep, reducing stress, and avoiding damaging hair treatments, can help support healthy hair growth.
Does my immune system really affect how my hair grows?
Yes, recent research suggests that the immune system plays a critical role in hair growth. Inflammation and an overactive immune system can damage hair follicles and lead to hair loss, while immune cells like regulatory T-cells (Tregs) help maintain healthy hair follicles and promote hair growth.
Boosting your immune system through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and reducing stress can potentially support healthy hair growth.
This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.