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Put down the Juul and save your hair from thinning

With the increase in popularity of vaping happening these days among men and women of all ages, I am asked about whether the inhalation of these substances can cause hair loss. The answer is YES.

People have been led to believe that vaping is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, which may be true to some extent in that a number of the poisonous chemicals in burning tobacco can be eliminated in what is used during vaping. HOWEVER, what is not excluded from the fruity-flavored vaping devices is NICOTINE. This poisonous and highly addictive substance is purposely included to keep people hooked on continuing to buy the devices.

Nicotine causes vasoconstriction (clamping down) on all the blood vessels in the body, including the important and massive network of tiny arteries and veins that supply each and every hair follicle on our scalps. Each of the 100,00-150,000 hair follicles we have there has its own unique blood supply. I have talked about this in describing how Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) and the Auxo A300 work to help hair loss in past blog entries. So, constriction of vessels supplying our follicles decreases blood flow to them and, therefore, can cause hair loss.

Takeaway message: not only is vaping not good for your lungs and heart, it’s bad for our blood vessels and, consequently, for our hair as well!