Could Retin-A gel on my face cause hair loss on my scalp?
I have been using Retin-A gel on my face for some skin issues over the past 6 months. I also have noticed a bunch more hair coming out in the shower, however this could just be father time catching up with me as well. I'm a 38 year old male so it could just be common hair loss, but I was wondering if Retin-A could be the cause of more hair loss?
A Google search for 'does Retin-A cause baldness' will give you countless articles and blog posts on the subject. Interestingly, there are two schools of thought on the subject. They are: 1) Retin-A can cause hair to fall out. 2) Retin-A prevents hair loss. There are quite a few testimonials in which Retin-A users say that they have noticed increased hair loss after taking Retin-A. There isn't much scientific fact to back this up. Some say that it may irritate the skin and scratching can cause hair loss by damaging your hair follicles, but beyond that there is little connection. In fact, Retin-A is used in many hair growth formulas because it can increase absorption. It is hard to make a judgement on this one, but I would fall back on the fact that there is no evidence that it does cause hair loss.
I noticed with Retin-A that it does cause some hair loss. When I found this out, I was extremely careful when applying the product to my face. I made sure not to let it get on my eyebrows and especially not on my hairline. Retin-A is a potent product, and I knew that I needed to use caution when applying it. It is well worth the effort to take your time and not let the product get where you don't want it to be.