What Is DHT?
Male and female pattern hair loss (also known as androgenic alopecia) is the most common reason that men and women lose their hair.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone in the body that is the most significant factor behind pattern hair loss. DHT is derived from testosterone. It’s a hormone that’s present in both men and women. While it is necessary when you go through puberty, as you get older, it falls less important. Men typically have more testosterone present in their bodies. About 10% of testosterone in all adults is converted to DHT with the help of an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase (5-AR).
Once it’s freely flowing through your bloodstream, DHT can then link to receptors on hair follicles in your scalp, causing them to shrink and become less capable of supporting a healthy head of hair.
High levels of androgens, including DHT, can shrink your hair follicles as well as shorten this cycle, causing hair to grow out looking thinner and more brittle, as well as fall out faster (this process is called “miniaturization”). DHT can also make it take longer for your follicles to grow new hairs once old hairs fall out.
Some people are more susceptible to these effects of DHT on scalp hair based on variations in their androgen receptor gene. Androgen receptors are proteins that allow hormones like testosterone and DHT to bind to them. This binding activity typically results in normal hormonal processes like body hair growth. But variations in the gene can increase androgen receptivity in your scalp follicles, making you more likely to experience pattern hair loss. While there is one FDA-approved medication that can help reduce the amount of DHT in your body (finasteride, also known as Propecia), it is only approved for men and can result in serious side effects.
What Can Be Done About DHT?
There are hundreds of topical products that claim to block DHT and help reverse hair loss. However, almost none of them contain ingredients that are clinically proven to help block DHT from binding to the androgen receptors, which is necessary in order to reverse hair loss. Thus, they are of little to no value. Should you choose to treat hair loss or thinning with a topical product, you need to ensure that it contains ingredients clinically proven to help block DHT. By blocking DHT, the miniaturization process can be prevented, halted and/or reversed, allowing thicker, fuller and healthier hair to regrow.
When we block the effects of DHT on the hair follicle and hair growth cycle, we will start seeing results such as improved hair growth and hair thickness.
What Ingredients Can Help Block DHT?
If you decide not to use oral drug treatment for your hair loss (Propecia), you will most likely find yourself turning to alternative treatments.
There are many plant extracts and ingredients that studies establish can potently and effectively block DHT. At Hair Restoration Laboratories we only use ingredients that have been clinically proven to safely block the harmful effects of DHT. Our formulations contain a combination of these ingredients and others that are clinically-proven to help prevent hair loss and promote the growth of stronger, thicker and healthier hair.
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