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What is androgenic alopecia?

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Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. Men with this condition, called male pattern baldness, can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s. It's characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Women with this condition, called female pattern baldness, don't experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later. Women experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown.

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. 

American Academy of Family Physicians.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 13, 2017

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