So Let’s Get The Facts Straight
There are plenty of products on the market that will claim they can aid in hair loss. The particular dilemma is that the majority of of these solutions just do not do the trick and are not backed by real science (only the manufacturer’s pseudo-science). Just what exactly works and what doesn’t?
I have extensively researched this issue and have personal expertise making use of all sorts of hair loss products. Presently there are two medically proven methods to reduce or prevent male pattern baldness.
Minoxidil is a topical treatment (put on to your skin) that is applied two times a day on the scalp. Minoxidil is mainly effective about the crown (top of the scalp) but may possibly help to a lesser extent with receding hairlines. Clinical studies have confirmed Minoxidil’s effectiveness.
From a four-month surveillance review of using topical Minoxidil twice a day, doctors documented hair loss regions had become smaller throughout 67% of individuals. The development of new hair was judged between moderately effective to very effective in 94% of subjects, and hair thickness (the volume of hair) was judged improved in 75% of men. Less than 2% documented negative side-effects such as irritation.
Minoxidil is available in a 5% solution for males and a 2% solution for females. It is sold under a variety of labels which include Regain, Rogain, Vanarex, Mintop and Avacor’s Physician’s Formula.
Personally, this is the best baldness product and I use it two times a day. I found it to be effective and other people started to observe I had more hair just 2 months after I began making use of it!
In order to appreciate how Finasteride aids in hair loss, it is important to understand what role dihydrotestosterone (DHT) plays in the thinning of hair.
DHT is a male sex hormone which often plays a major function in thinning hair. In regards to regrowth, DHT inhibits the dermal papilla, which is critical to the growth of new hair. Whenever DHT impacts the dermal papilla, it harms its capability to absorb the critical nutrients necessary for healthy hair follicles. Without this adequate nutrition, follicles of hair steadily reduce in size causing hair strands to grow finer, lighter and more slowly.
Finasteride is an oral medication that helps prevent conversion process of testosterone to DHT. It is approved for the management of male pattern baldness.
In a 5 year clinical study involving adult males with mild to nominal hair loss, 66% regrew hair when using Finasteride (assessed by hair count), whilst all adult males not taking Finasteride shed hair. For the males taking Finasteride, 48% reported noticeable hair regrowth while 42% experienced no further hair thinning.
But is Finasteride advisable? Finasteride fundamentally obstructs a male sex hormone, and consequently, has an selection of sex associated side-effects including:
- Impotence (1.1% to 18.5%).
- Abnormal ejaculation (7.2%).
- Abnormal sexual function (2.5%).
- Erectile dysfunction (1.3%).
- Testicular pain.
- Increased likelihood of prostate cancer.
- Increased likelihood of male cancer of the breast.
Finasteride does work and the side-effects only affect a small number of men, having said that would you be confident using it? The choice is up to you. (Personally, I would not use this)