Damaging Your Facial Hair

What causes facial hair loss?

We are often aware of lifestyle choices and environmental issues that affect your hair but are you as aware of issues affecting the hair on your face?

Whether you have a beard, stubble, or are clean-shaven, take care with your hair in order to avoid causing permanently damaged hair follicles and long-term facial hair loss.

There are many common mistakes and bad habits when it comes to facial hair upkeep, this article will look at a few of those issues.

What causes ingrown hairs?

How do you get ingrown hairs? An ingrown hair occurs when shaved or tweezed hair grows back into the skin and causes inflammation, pain and tiny bumps in the area where the hair was removed. Ingrown hair can affect anyone who removes hair by shaving, tweezing or waxing.

Ingrown hairs often depend on the structure and direction of growth of hair. A curved hair follicle produces tightly curled hair, and is believed to encourage the hair to re-enter the skin once the hair is cut and starts to grow back. Shaving creates sharp edges, especially if the hair is dry when shaved.

Pulling your skin taut during shaving often encourages the cut hair to turn back and re-enter the skin without first growing out. Additionally, using tweezers can leave a hair fragment under the skin surface. In both cases, when a hair penetrates your skin, your skin reacts as it would to a foreign body and becomes inflamed.

A blunt razor not only has an effect on the level of the shave but can also cause skin irritation and encourage ingrown hairs. Over time, a blunt or rusty razor can lead to long-term facial hair loss, so investing in high-quality shaving gear and regularly changing blades really helps to avoid damage to your facial hair and skin.

Ingrown hairs can lead to permanent complications with skin darkening, scarring and permanent hair loss.

Is your shampoo or soap causing facial hair loss?

Whether you have stubble, a full beard, or you are clean shaven, you may sometimes use soap to wash or shave, but this practice should really be avoided. Washing your facial hair with soap or shampoo will cause skin dehydration and can leave your skin dry and itchy. The harsh chemicals in bath soaps are too aggressive for your facial hair; switch to an especially formulated beard wash.

There are several chemicals in shampoo that cause hair loss that you should be wary of: sulfates are the most damaging of all chemicals found in hair products. Strong chemical fragrances can also lead to a lot of hair and beard damage with reduced growth or even hair loss.

Pulling your beard could be causing hair loss

One of the worst habits that can damage your facial hair is pulling at your beard. Often unconsciously, you may be playing with your beards, either out of habit or comfort. While lightly stroking your facial hair doesn’t typically cause a lot of damage, done too often, you may start pulling your hair out. This may cause bald patches to appear on your face and sometimes the hair might not grow back.

Beard hair transplant

With the popular trend of fuller beards and moustaches, at Enhance Hair Restoration, we have found the demand for treatment has become even more sought after.

A beard transplant is a simple solution to create a full beard where hair will be taken from another part of the body, usually your scalp and then transplanted to your face wherever your beard or moustache may grow.

Eyebrow hair loss

As with the hair on your head, eyebrows can thin out or just stop growing. You may experience this for any number of reasons. As well as alopecia or chemotherapy treatments, you may be damaging your eyebrows unintentionally with overplucking, using harsh eyebrow dyes or not eating the correct nutrients. A lack of vitamin A or zinc can slow down cellular growth and slow down the production of sebum – a naturally produced moisturising oil. Harsh makeup products can also cause damage when used for extended periods.

Are you worried your overplucked eyebrows won’t grow back? Whether your eyebrows are thinning due to over grooming, illness or medical treatments, Enhance Hair Restoration can help. With much emphasis placed on the shape, thickness and colour of eyebrows, they can have a huge impact on the overall appearance of the face. With much care and attention to place the hairs in the optimum position to achieve the best results, this type of facial hair transplant surgery can be completed in only one session.

Talk to a specialist

Talk to one of the specialists at Enhance Hair Restoration if you are considering any kind of hair replacement treatment and would like advice, or information about the hair transplant techniques offered.