Understanding the Relationship Between Vitamin A and Hair Loss

Letter "A" and vegetablesAs with other vitamins and nutrients, the relationship between vitamin A and hair loss relies on a healthy balance. While both a deficiency or excessive intake of this vitamin can cause hair loss, it is also a fairly simple problem to address if it is only attributed to your vitamin intake. However, many patients experiencing hair loss have an underlying genetic predisposition. If this is the case, the doctors at True & Dorin Medical Group in New York, New Jersey, and Boston can provide an in-depth evaluation to diagnose and treat your condition. Dr. Robert J. Dorin and Dr. Robert H. True both have extensive knowledge of hair loss causes and treatments, and provide patients with the best restoration services available. 

How Can Vitamin A Cause Hair Loss? 

When your body is deficient in vitamin A, it can produce an energy-conserving response. When this occurs, hair growth is typically one of the first processes to be halted. This may lead to a decrease in hair cell regeneration and growth, causing the follicles to remain in the telogen, or resting phase, for a longer period than normal. 

The Effects of Toxic Vitamin A Levels 

High levels of vitamin A can also have negative effects on hair growth. As vitamin A is fat-soluble, the body stores more of it than other vitamins that are water-soluble. Too much vitamin A can cause your hair follicles to reach the end of the growth phase at a much quicker pace, causing them to fall out faster than the body can replace the hair. 

Consuming a Healthy Amount of Vitamin A

Typically, patients experience increased levels of vitamin A when taking supplements or drugs that contain retinoids, such as acne medications. The best way to ensure that you are not ingesting toxic levels of any vitamin is to avoid the use of supplements unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. You can ensure that you are consuming a safe amount of vitamin A by eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes foods such as: 

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Eggs 
  • Fruits 
  • Milk

While some patients may be able to halt hair loss by consuming the daily recommended amounts of vitamin A and discontinuing the use of certain medications, many patients may need to seek the assistance of a professional hair restoration doctor

Treatment Options 

Dr. Dorin and Dr. True are highly experienced in hair restoration for patients with varying degrees of hair loss. Our doctors have refined their follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit extraction (FUE) techniques to provide high-quality results for patients who have suffered hair loss from acne medications or other causes.

Dr. True and Dr. Dorin have dedicated their careers to helping patients take control of their hair loss with diverse solutions.

We also provide non-surgical options, such as low-level laser therapy. Our doctors can provide a consultation during which they can help plan your individualized treatment.  

Individualized Hair Loss Treatment 

Dr. True and Dr. Dorin have dedicated their careers to helping patients take control of their hair loss with diverse solutions. If you have experienced thinning due to vitamin A intake or an underlying condition, contact us online. You can also call (866) 629-0866 to schedule a consultation and learn more.