Leaving natural topical treatments aside, there are a few pharmaceutical drugs that are approved for treating baldness. However, those who prefer natural remedies, there are certain effective at-home treatments. Please see the video for smart tips to try at home which can be found by clicking here
Minoxidil – Increased Blood Flow and Nutrient Delivery
This was originally a blood pressure medication. It opens up the blood vessels and thus reduces the blood pressure. However, many men who took it found that their receding hairline stopped and they were also able to grow back hair on bald spots. It can be bought over-the-counter at any drug or grocery store, but it is less than 30% effective in the most optimum cases.
Although other blood pressure medications don’t have the same desired effect, it is believed that the expansion of the blood vessels helps the hair follicles get back the nutrition that they have lost access to over the years which originally caused the baldness. The increased blood flow replenishes vital growth nutrients and also keep the follicles properly hydrated. Blood flow is also critical for new cell growth, and a healthy follicle is required for healthy hair to grow.
It is available as a topical liquid or foam, usually in a 5% concentration, that is rubbed into the scalp. Common side effects are itchy scalp and dandruff. Sometimes (rarely) there can be allergic reactions, but like any medication, all cases are unique. Minoxidil is extremely poisonous to cats, and it should be kept out of reach of children.
Finasteride – DHT Blocker and Hormone
Originally, finasteride was created as a treatment for enlarged prostates and then for prostate cancer. It does this by eliminating a hormone byproduct called DHT that is implicated. However, DHT is also a factor in male pattern baldness and many men taking finasteride were amazed to find that their hair loss stopped. If you suffer from hormonal imbalance, ask your doctor if finasteride is a viable solution for you. It is available in a pill form that is taken daily. DHT stands for Dihydrotestosterone and is an androgen hormone. As men age, approximately 5% of their testosterone is reduced to this androgen phase. The negative side-effects of this hormone reduction process can lead to the development of a receding hairline or bald spots. This type of balding is often referred to as androgenic alopecia. Hormones are a very powerful and manipulative part of the human body, and thus they can be difficult to control. Medication, such as finasteride, is one way to treat androgenic alopecia as a condition for balding, but it will not regrow your receding hairline or bald spots.
Because of the impact it has on hormone production, some side effects that are seen in more than 1 in 100 men include erectile dysfunction and male breast development. It can cause birth defects and should not be kept around pregnant women.
NOTE: Because of a recent clinical study, finasteride has been linked to serious and life-threatening side-effects. Brand-name and generic versions of this drug have already been taken off the market and should not be used! Please review this article for more information about the side-effects.
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