Important effect of vitamin D on hair loss, new study suggests

When you think about ways to manage hair loss, some of the medicinal or even surgical options may seem risky… not to mention, expensive. If you have considered what to do about it? calendar, a new study could save you some money and worry: With all the health buzz around Vitamin D today, dermatologists were interested to see if the supplement could address hair loss — a problem that currently affects more than 80% of men and 50% of women around age 50, according to NYU Langone’s Health.

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Vitamin D plays a role in the hair cycle.

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young woman looking at thinning hair in the mirror

In a new study published this week in The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, stated a duo of dermatologists in India: “Vitamin D is deeply involved in several signaling pathways of hair follicle growth and differentiation.”

Recognizing that vitamin D has been shown to affect the hair cycle, they began their own research on vitamin D as “a potential therapeutic modality in hair loss.”

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Vitamin D and “scarring alopecia”

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balding man hair loss

While this particular research team’s analysis did not provide evidence of a super-strong correlation between vitamin D deficiency and baldness, they point to a previous study that showed a link between low levels of vitamin D and “scarred alopecia” — a type of balding that affects 3% of both male and female patients with hair loss, according to: WebMD. Scarring alopecia occurs when hair follicles are permanently damaged and replaced by the development of scar tissue.

A quick note about vitamin D and skin health:

Woman taking her medication in her bedroom at home.Woman taking her medication at home in her bedroom.

Woman taking her medication at home in her bedroom.

One possible explanation for vitamin D’s role in preventing this type of hair loss is that vitamin D also supports skin rejuvenation, which may be a factor in scalp health.

Vitamin D helps create more hair follicles.

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Other beauty and wellness experts help explain vitamin D’s role in hair repair — as Raechele Cochran Gathers, MD recently stated on an episode of MindBodyGreen‘s Clean Beauty School podcast: “Vitamin D is one of the fat-soluble vitamins necessary for maintaining and creating functioning hair follicles.”

(What does it mean that vitamin D is fat soluble? We have the answer in Never Take Your Vitamin D Without Eating It, Dietitian Says.)

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