Hair, Skin and Nail Problems Associated with Hypothyroidism
Hypothryoidism can affect the hair, skin and nails. While it is unusual for mild hypothyroidism to cause hair loss, severe and prolonged hypothyroidism can cause hair loss that is diffuse and uniformly sparse. Scalp and eyebrow hair loss caused by thyroid disorders will typically regrow with treatment, but new hair may differ in texture and color.
The hair growth cycle is long, so hair loss can become apparent slowly over time. Some people are diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and treatment is begun prior to the observation of hair loss. In these instances, the hair loss may erroneously be blamed on start of thyroid medication, and withdrawal of treatment may worsen the hair loss.
HAIR changes associated with Hypothyroidism
- Hair loss and thinning with sparse and brittle hair
- Dry, itchy scalp & dandruff
- Increase hair fallout & reduction in hair volume/thickness
- Loss of hair in the outer third of the eyebrows
NAILS changes associated with Hypothyroidism
- Dry, brittle nails
- Easy breaks and splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate
- Peeling, cracking, chipping & ridges
- Dry cuticles and hangnails
SKIN changes associated with Hypothyroidism
- Skin symptoms are often manifestations of problems of the internal organs
- Itching of the skin & scalp
- Pale, coarse dry skin
- Eczema and cracking of the skin
The decreased level of thyroid hormone can be associated with the following:
- Pregnancy or Menopause
- Autoimmune disorders like type I diabetis, pernicious anemia, vitiligo, lichen scleroisis, and Addison’s disease
- Genetic disorders such as Down syndrome, Turner syndrome and cystic fibrosis
- Infections or Tumors (sarcoid, amyloid, pituitary & hypothalamic gland tumors)
- Dietary deficiency of iodine or ferritin
- Medications like carbimazole or propulthiouracil or RAI (thyroid), amiodarone for heart disease (it is iodinated), Lithium for mental illness and eating disorders, Interferon- alpha, Interleukin-2
- Thyroid surgery
What can be done to counteract the hair, skin and nail problems associated with hypothyroidism?
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- Collagen supplements and topical products with collagen may stimulate collagen production
- Hyaluronic acid supplements and topically applied provide moisture and hydration.
- Anti-oxidants taken via supplements and applied topically can reduce free radicals and prevent premature aging and wrinkling
- Biotin and calcium can reduce nail ridges and strengthen nails
- Glycolic and retinoic acids can be applied topically to increase cell turnover and promote collagen production.
- Sun protection applied topically and liberally, should contain broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with zinc and titanium in an SPF of at least 30.
- Topical minoxidil can be used to slow down hair loss and encourage hair growth.
Why BeautyScoop® ?
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