Hair loss is a thing in Marcellus and its afflicting many of our colleagues in their 20s and 30s. Whilst the stress related to our jobs plays a role, Dr Bhardwaj, a dermatologist, says that the crazy levels of air pollution prevalent in much of the country also contributes to hair loss:
“Air pollution has emerged as a prominent factor in hair loss. What afflicts our parents in their 50s or 60s can now occur two or three decades earlier…
When pollution settles on male scalps, it leads to issues like dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis, especially in urban areas. A layer of pollution deposits on the scalp, weighing down the roots and causing hair to shed…
Deteriorating air quality in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Jhunjhunu, Bathinda, etc. contributes significantly to hair loss. A recent report links excessive fireworks during Diwali to increased PM2.5 levels—1,945 µg/m, or 33 times higher than the national safe limit of 60 µg/m3 and 132 times higher than the WHO-recommended safe limit of 15 µg/m3. These pollutants are believed to decrease beta-catenin, a specific protein crucial for hair growth, by depositing on the hair shaft.”
Other than leaving the country during the winter months, what can one do? “Wear hats, scarves, or protective headgear in highly polluted environments….Improve indoor air quality by installing air purifiers. Not only does it reduce the risk of respiratory issues, allergies, and other health complications, but it also has a positive impact on hair health. Use camphor, which releases nascent oxygen, and keep indoor plants like areca palm, snake plant, money plant, peace lily, aloe vera, etc.”0e
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