Thinning Hair Remedies For Male Pattern Baldness

Finasteride is considered to be the very best among the thinning hair remedies by the American Hair Loss Association. Finasteride meant to combat male pattern baldness.

Finasteride (the generic name for Propecia) is the treatment that will reduce DHT systematically throughout your entire body. Finasteride at a dose of 1mg will reduce DHT levels up to 70% (source: Dr. Robert Bernstein, Professor of Dermatology at Columbia University). Finasteride is available by prescription only for adult males, females should not use finasteride. The normal dose of finasteride is 1mg, taken everyday. Although finasteride is available from overseas pharmacies, I highly suggest that you purchase it from a legitimate American pharmacy with a prescription from your doctor.

Rogaine/Minoxidil (FDA-approveed for pattern baldness)

Rogaine, also known as generic minoxidil, is another one of the FDA-approved thinning hair remedies for the treatment of male and female pattern baldness.

According to a summary published by the “International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons,” minoxidil can reduce how much hair you lose in the shower. Men who used Rogaine or minoxidil for at least 12 month lost more than 50% less hair while showering – a decrease of 69.7 hairs shed to 33.8 hairs shed from washing.

Azelaic Acid

The compound ‘azelaic acid’ is an effective hair loss solution. Azelaic acid, like finasteride and rogaine, is scientifically proven to inhibit and reduce DHT when it applied to your skins.

To combat hair loss or decreasing hair thinning, purchase a solution that contains both minoxidil and 5 percent azelaic acid. The 2005 “American Journal of Clinical Dermatology” reports that azelaic acid can destroy or block 100 percent of DHT on your scalp. If you haven’t used a Rogaine or minoxidil, you are encouraged to begin with a five percent formula before using any higher strength. Make sure the formula has 5% azelaic acid to inhibit DHT. Perfect Image makes a good formula that isn’t oily and dries quickly. The reviews of the Perfect Image 5% Minoxidil and 5% Azelaic Acid formula are quite favorable. Azelaic acid appears to be a more effective thinning hair remedies than topical spironolactone.

Ketoconazole (in shampoo)

Ketoconazole, an anti-androgen ingredient in shampoo, is clinically proven to combat hair loss and is one of the most effective thinning hair remedies. As of October 2011, Ketoconazole is the only shampoo ingredient that is clinically proven to prevent genetic pattern hair loss. Ketoconazole, like azelaic acid can prevent the synthesis of testosterone to DHT. This compound is the only shampoo ingredient that is among the legitimate thinning hair remedies. In a study published in the journal of “Dermatology” Belgian researchers concluded that ketoconazole, when applied topically to the scalp in a shampoo carrier, was as effective as 2% minoxidil in the “long-term” treatment of genetic pattern androgenic thinning hair. In a study published in the 2005 “Journal of Dermatology,” Japanese researchers found that ketoconazole, applied topically, can stimulate hair growth and aid the treatment of thinning hair. I use a ketoconazole shampoo every other day, it definitely reduces the amount of hair lost when showering.

Topical Spironolactone

Topical spironolactone is one of the most popular thinning hair remedies. There is some clinical evidence that topical spironolactone, when applied to areas of thinning hair and combat androgenic alopecia. Unlike finasteride or azelaic acid, topically spironolactone doesn’t directly inhibit or block DHT. It functions by blocking the receptors that DHT can potentially attach to cause thinning hair. In a study published in the 1988 “International Journal of Tissue Reactions,” scientists found that topical spironolactone had the potential (and was effective) in blocking 5-ar androgen DHT receptors. This only suggests that it could help block scalp DHT receptors. In a study published in the 2010 “Journal of Dernatologic Clinics,” researchers found that spironolactone (taken orally) lower androgens such as DHT in female. Oral spironolactone is not considered an acceptable hair loss treatment for males because it can have feminizing effects. Although credible scientific research dates all of the way back to 1971, I personally had no luck with topical spironolactone – I don’t recommend it for that reason.

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