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Can direct exposure to sun cause hair loss and hair damage ?

Hi! I am from India and I am a female. Age- 19. I have less hairs in the central crown of my scalp. The frontal line hairs and the rest of the hairs are okay. And I also suffered from pimples 3 years back.Now I don t have pimples but I have visible facial hairs. I not undergoing any treatment for it but I will soon go to a dermatologist . I wanna know if direct exposure to sun can damage my hairs even more?? If yes, please tell me ways to prevent such a damage. And please don t suggest caps etc. Any lotion , serum or oil to prevent that damage???? Thank you for listening me!!
Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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direct exposure to sun light will not cause hair loss. it could be fungal lesion so you should consult a trichologist & not dermatologist. for pimples you consult dermatologist. simple coconut oil application daily with additional vitamin e in your daily diet will help you to prevent further hair loss.

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Pediatrician Dr. Ganesh V Kamath K's  Response
Hi, Sunlight usually doesnt cause hair loss. Causes for hair loss are varied including fungal infection of scalp, bacterial infection of scalp, hormonal problems like thyroid deficiency, seborrheic dermatitis. You will need evaluation by a dermatologist and later a physician if required.. show it to a dermatologist first. Caps etc can lead to infections. so dont try them
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General & Family Physician Dr. Mohammed Tauseef's  Response
Hi, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
Yes, continuous and Prolonged exposure to Sun causes damage to hair follicles. You seem to be having Hormonal Imbalance as you have had Acne and Facial hair, Kindly get yourself examined by a Dermatologist as no medicine can be Prescribed without Proper physical examination.Limit sun exposure as much as possible and do not venture out between 10am and 4pm, because sun rays are the strongest at this time. Always use a Umbrella and limit wearing caps which may aggravate hair loss.

Wish you Good Health, Take Care.
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Dermatologist Dr. Bharat Chawda's  Response
Hi!
Welcome To Healthcaremagic forum,

Direct sunlight does not cause hair loss ,but it can cause dryness of hair and make it more lusterless .It can take away the shine from your hair.
In abroad you get lotions and conditioner which have additional sunscreen effect also.So if you can get one , it would be great(esp if you have more of out door activity).

As you said you ave hair loss along with a history of acne & facial hair.I would suggest that you get a hormonal profile done (blood investigation) to find out if you have nay hormonal disturbance or not.In such cases along with above problems some patients also complain of weight gain and irregular periods.

I would advice you to consult a dermatologist as they are equally competent enough for any hair problem as for skin and can check your hormone profile too.

Probably you might require a endocrinologist consultation too if needed.
regards,
Dr.chawda



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General & Family Physician Dr. Das Arindam's  Response
hello, welcome to HCM.
yes,direct exposure to sun can damage your hairs.
use umbrella and conditioner with SPF.
regards.
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