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I am 25 and experiencing hair loss at an alarming rate lately. I grew up with great hair and bangs that could cover my whole face. Around when I was 21 it started taking longer to grow out up top and my doctor told me it was just male pattern baldness. I went to a dermatologist, (which took several months of waiting for approval and appointment to finally happen) she casually prescribed me Finesterine after spending all of 2 minutes with me and I didn't take advantage of using it until I was 24 and it was getting really noticeable. Now it is starting to get a little better (you can see just a bit less scalp) but the past month or two it has been falling out in CLUMPS attached to yellow-ish skin. I can feel my scalp and it feels like I am touching something sitting on top of my head, as if the whole first layer scalp is dead and ready to be peeled off. I eat healthy and wash my hair (without scrubbing too hard or I will lose more) regularly. The only unhealthy habit I enjoy is smoking marijuana daily. ANY idea as to what is afflicting me would at least make it easier to live with, even if it is something terrible. Also, should I be peeling the loose parts off or leave them for treatment? I am resisting but every once in awhile I will see a large chunk fall down my line of sight and freak me out more than the skin-peeling scene in Poltergeist.

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    Well I have alopecia areata which means that my hair falls out in clumps causing bald spots on my scalp. And I mean patches as opposed to a general thinning of the hair. During the time that the hair is falling out that area is tender and pinkish to red. I recommend that you go back and see your dermatologist maybe even a different one that will spend more time with you and don't wash your hair as frequently. Really you shouldn't wash your hair more than once a week if you can get by with that. Washing it every day is actually going to dry your scalp out making more hair fall out. Male pattern baldness is a thing but I didn't think it occurred and someone as young as you. I wish you the best of luck on this. You don't say whether you're male or female but if your male you can at least consider that the general population accepts a man with thinning hair but of course what matters most is how you feel about it. And of course if you're a woman like myself it can be devastating because most women associate their hair with beauty.

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      Sorry, I was unclear. I am male. There is no redness anywhere on my scalp so I have ruled out psoriasis, at least. I have noticed that my head is greasier than it used to be - maybe that's just because I am able to touch closer to the skin than before. I have tried going every other day washing my hair with shampoo (whilst still applying conditioner) and it just gets too greasy. The top of my head just seems stiff. The hair feels matted to my head and if I try to free it in sections by moving it in different directions, that's when whole pieces break loose with little effort. It almost seems like something is coming out of my pores and collecting, possibly holding loose hair in place until it falls out in bunches. Society may accept a balding 25 year old but it's definitely not someone the opposite sex wants to spend much time around..

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      I don't agree with your comment about the opposite sex not finding it attractive. I know for a fact that my sister loves a bald man and is married to one and there are many other women out there that feel the same way.

      But back to your hair and scalp. I think one thing you should try is getting a medicated shampoo. You should find them OTC. I don't have one particular kind in mind. You might ask the pharmacist for a suggestion.

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    This is quite a serious problem and you need to consult with an experienced hair transplant expert because If you do not act right now then it will be very late for you to get back all hairs. 
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    Hair transplant is the only solution to get rid of hair loss. 
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      I don't believe that that is true, rpsinghsethi. It all depends on the reason for the hair loss. If it's alopatia then steroid topicals to rub into your scalp along with a steroid injection could stimulate hair growth.

      eljacko I really want to suggest that you see a different dermatologist if that's possible. It is very frustrating when you have an undiagnosed problem and a doctor spends all of two minutes with you. And that's usually after you've waited an hour at your appointment time to see him..

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