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Leg Hair Loss on Ankles

  • ian_devries Posts: 32
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    Just curious if anyone here has noticed loss of hair on your ankles.Mine has gotten worse over the past year or so and I have no idea why. Even in the winter I go mostly barefoot at home and even when I wear socks I wear the very low rise ones that don't even cover my ankles.

    Second question. Is there a way to grow the hair back?I feel very self conscience wearing shorts and my only other option would be to shave/trim my legs,which I HATE doing.It looks so weird seeing my hair legs and then it totally bald down to my ankles.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    I think that's just something that happens as guys reach their 30's.
    No reason for alarm - all that lost hair eventually comes back
    .....(but on your arse).

    j/k
    Srsly, what IS w/ the bare spots on the ankles?

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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    I honestly have never paid attention to the amount of hair on my ankles!
  • metta8 Posts: 21257
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 4:37 PM GMT
    Can you show us some photos. I'm curious to see why it matters? Who is looking at people ankles to see if they have hair?

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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 4:45 PM GMT
    I have never had hair on my ankles, the hair stops just above it almost in a perfect line. I like it
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    Beaux saidI think that's just something that happens as guys reach their 30's.
    No reason for alarm - all that lost hair eventually comes back
    .....(but on your arse).

    j/k
    Srsly, what IS w/ the bare spots on the ankles?



    right!!! lmao!! and your back and ears and everywhere its not supposed to be!!! haha..

    I have noticed though that some guys lose their hair from almost the knee down. I always thought it was from wearing dress socks or whatever too much and etc, I dont know.

    I am almost 40 and have always worn ankle socks. Even when I wear dress socks I have to push them down because they are to tight on my calves and very uncomfortable and my legs are hairier than ever!

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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Talk about insecure, Jesus. Either accept the issue or deal with it and accept the outcome.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    While I've aged, parts of my body have lost hair, like from my legs, while other parts have gained it, mostly on my chest & back. But ankle hair??? Who pays attention to ankle hair?
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    Em3ns saidI have never had hair on my ankles, the hair stops just above it almost in a perfect line. I like it


    Same here, no ankle hair!
  • MuchMoreThanM... Posts: 20964
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    This is my problem.

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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    Maybe you should ask your boy to stop holding onto your ankles when you go at it! When things get going, I'm sure hair is bound to come out!
  • dfrw Posts: 802
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 8:00 PM GMT
    Age! The hair is disappearing from my legs and re-appearing in my ears.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 8:02 PM GMT
    I recently noticed the outside of the front of my legs is almost completely hairless. This skin specialist told me it happens to men that wear dress socks a lot. I just noticed it this year
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 8:36 PM GMT
    Isn't that where socks usually rub? I would think hair would be thinner there...
  • Czarodziej Posts: 1164
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    i noticed when younger that my grand-pop and middle school coach had no hair from their mid-calf down, though they were hairy from what little i could see above that point of demarcation, which i thought was weird. i found out it was apparently due to taping their legs for lacrosse when younger- it had ripped out the hair so often it had just never grown back. now THAT's commitment to a sport haha
  • Webster666 Posts: 8609
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    One time I was in the doctors office and this stupid nurse asked me why I shave my ankles. WTF ? I don't shave my ankles. They just never had hair there. There's hair on my legs and calves...
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
    I know of several reasons for hair loss on the distal legs.

    1. poor arterial circulation.
    2. under active thyroid
    3. hereditary hemochromatosis...this is disease of iron metabolism and can cause lethal problems if not treated aggressively

    I'm sure there are more causes. I would check with a physician to be certain that you do not have any of the above medical problems. Anabolic steroids can cause hair loss.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:33 PM GMT
    I feel the pain with hair growing ( or not growing ) where ya want it to. I am thinning on my head and nothing I can do about it. In addition, Like some of the other posts I have hair growing in places I dont want it.

    As for my ankles, I never noticed it to be honest but I dont have a lot of hair there. I dont worry about it really. Now back hair!!! That I worry about.. IT's GROSS!!! and a constant pain in the ass.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    Golly, why are you uptight about your ankles? If your hair was there before you can try one of the over the counter products that promotes hair growth, but, you'll be spending money in what many folks would consider a silly way, with marginal results, at best. You may just need to suffer through it.

    I don't think most folks are going to be to concerned about it.

    kneedraggen saidI know of several reasons for hair loss on the distal legs.

    1. poor arterial circulation.
    2. under active thyroid
    3. hereditary hemochromatosis...this is disease of iron metabolism and can cause lethal problems if not treated aggressively

    I'm sure there are more causes. I would check with a physician to be certain that you do not have any of the above medical problems. Anabolic steroids can cause hair loss.


    Note that aromtazing androgens (DHT is what fires up hair on loss on folks WHO HAVE THE GENE) cause hair loss in those folks who have the gene for it, whether, or not you take extra androgen, or not. Higher androgen levels, along with the gene, promote hair loss and it's almost always just on the head. If you have the gene for hair loss, the only way to stop it is get rid of the DHT (yes there's drugs for that, too) but since ALL testosterone aromatized to DHT, if you want the up side of DHT, and you like being a guy..well..you get the picture. It's wrong / bad information to make the about hair loss and AAS, and around the ankles, at that. Some AAS, do NOT aromatize, and do not raise DHT, and therefore do NOT promote hair loss, just to set the record straight.

    Before making such proclamations, it's likely wise to do further research.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    Not much to do with your ankles, but to help clear up the misinformation above.

    Credit: http://www.propecia.com/finasteride/propecia/consumer/understanding-mphl/

    The more you know about your MPHL, the better decisions you’ll make.

    Male pattern hair loss (MPHL) is the most common form of hair loss, representing close to 95% of all cases of hair loss in men. And about half of all men experience MPHL by age 50. So if you have MPHL, you’re certainly not alone.

    You’re probably very familiar with this type of hair loss. It can begin with a receding hairline, slow balding at the crown, or both. It is typically a progressive condition—left untreated, the hair loss will likely continue. By the time you may notice your hair loss, 50% of your hair may be gone. That’s why it’s important to start taking PROPECIA as soon as possible, to help limit or stop further hair loss and possibly regrow some hair.

    Scientists believe that MPHL is inherited from either side of the family and that a chemical called dihydrotestosterone—more commonly referred to as DHT—is a key factor in hair loss.

    DHT is a substance in the body that can shrink the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. Scientists believe DHT and family history are key factors in hair loss.

    Throughout this section, you will learn more about MPHL, its causes, and stages, and what you can do about it.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    Finally, as you get into middle age, your testosterone drops, your estrogen ratio rises, and you become more female without HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy).

    You may want to check that you're not low on free testosterone.

    Likely, you're becoming more female at age 35, and the loss of body hair is due to LOWER androgens rather than higher. (I.e., you're becoming more of a woman as you grow older.)
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
    High testosterone OR high levels of aromatase = higher levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) because testosterone breaks down into estradiol and DHT via the enzyme aromatase

    higher levels of DHT + hair loss gene = that obnoxious, growing bald patch on your head and receding hairline

    I don't think that's the cause of you loosing ankle hair. My dad's pushing 50 and he's lost all the hair on his legs but he's just barely starting to show a bald patch. Chuck, on the other hand, is a fucking hairball and the only part on his body that DOESN'T have hair is the top of his head.

    I've been getting after my dad to try HRT because he's constantly depressed if not a little "down", he's saying his sex drive's in the toilet, he has lower levels of energy, his joints hurt, he's getting fatter despite riding his bike regularly, and he's nearly hairless aside from his head and face. But no, the Prozac and pain killers are working just fine despite the fact they clearly ain't working. His twin brother's having the same problem except he's a little leaner because he doesn't eat more than salads because "that's what gay guys do"
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    LOL.

    Yeah, flex, what grows wild on my ass refuses to grow on my head.
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    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 9:56 PM GMT
    Just pull up your fucking pants next time you're doing squats, for Christ's sake
  • Dave135 Posts: 7
    QUOTE Apr 05, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    Loss of hair on the extremities, calves and forearms, can be related to blood sugar and diabetes. I certainly hope that's not it, but you might want to get your blood sugar checked to rule it out.