When you talk about male pattern baldness, it cannot be helped to construe that it is a genetic condition passed down by the parents to their offspring. This is because if the father or a brother is bald due to male pattern baldness, then there is a likely chance that the other male members of that family will also have the condition. Male pattern baldness is in fact the most known type of hair loss and actually afflicts nearly 90% of all hair loss among men. The condition usually just starts of as the thinning of hair near the temples and at the crown. This then progresses into a receding hairline and a bald spot at the crown. In due time, without any adequate intervention, balding from the temple and forehead will meet with the balding with the crown until only a lining of hair on the sides and back of the head is left.
What Causes Male Pattern Baldness
It has been mentioned atop that male pattern baldness is genetic. In addition, it is also hormonal. The main culprit behind male pattern baldness is the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). But it isn’t just DHT, of course. DHT is actually very helpful in the growth cycle of the hair. What actually isn’t helpful is when there is an overabundance of DHT in the scalp. Excess in DHT levels in the scalp means it kind of drowns out the hair follicles and shrinks the cavity where the hair follicles are. This results into the initial thinning of hair and then finally the inability to support growth.
DHT is not actually primarily a hormone secreted by glands but a byproduct between the hormone testosterone and the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Therefore if there is a way to inhibit the over conversion of DHT, then the levels of DHT in the scalp will remain at a constant low level which means the stopping of the progression of male pattern baldness.
Treatment for Male Pattern Baldness
The only true treatment for male pattern baldness is the drug called finasteride. It does exactly what it is supposed to do in treating the condition – inhibit the production of DHT. The truth is, this effect happens to be just the side effect of the drug finasteride. Initially, finasteride was intended for treating patients with abnormally enlarge prostates. However, it was discovered that finasteride had a very beneficial side effect as it has the capacity to treat male pattern baldness. Through further research, it was found that finasteride is more effective when used continuously at lower dosage. This meant that finasteride 1mg is meant for the treatment of male pattern baldness and finasteride 5mg is meant for the treatment of enlarge prostate.
Finasteride 1mg goes by the brand name Propecia and is one of only two FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of male pattern baldness. The actual effects of finasteride have been monumental because finally there is a way to truly stop the progression of hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. Read more…