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Hair Loss: What Are The Popular Treatment Options?

Over 66% of men encounter hair loss at some time during their life. While hair loss is nothing to be embarrassed about, it may be something that is not desired. Therefore, identifying treatment to help reduce the rate, and even reverse the rate of hair loss is recommended. But what treatment will work best?

Why is hair loss commonly experienced by men?

Hair loss is also known as male androgenetic alopecia (MAA), this type of hair loss is the most common and has a significant genetic predisposition. This type of hair loss causes hair thinning and receding, the distinctive shape of hair loss on the scalp gives it the more colloquial name of ‘male pattern baldness’.

Hair loss in men is caused by changes to the follicle growth life cycle, whereby, the growth phase (anagen phase) decreases to the degree where the hair follicle no longer projects out from the scalp.

So what hair loss treatments are available?

The different types of hair loss treatment

Hair Loss Oral Tablets

Tablets taken orally for hair loss are deemed as one of the most effective long term treatment types for hair loss. Finasteride is the popular treatment taken to reduce the rate of hair loss and in some cases actually regrow hair. As a DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) blocker, finasteride works by preventing this male hormone from disrupting hair growth. Specifically, finasteride stops the enzyme 5a-Reductase from producing DHT.

Finasteride is highly effective at treating hair loss. The short-term efficacy (within 6 months) is approximately 60% and has a long term (12 months) efficacy of roughly 90%. In order for this treatment to work as intended, continued use is essential [1,2].

Topical Solution Treatments

Hair loss foams and solutions provide an alternative to hair loss tablets. They are simply rubbed into the scalp to help increase blood flow and stimulate hair follicles.

The two most popular topically applied treatments are Regaine foam and Regaine solution. They each contain the active ingredient, Minoxidil, which is works to activate the growth phase of hair. The short-term effectiveness of Regaine is high, the efficacy is roughly 90% when used for a sustained 8-week period [3].

Another highly popular treatment applied directly to the scalp is Alpecin. Available as both a solution and shampoo, Alpecin contains caffeine which is suggested to help stimulate hair strength and vitality.

These highly effective hair loss treatments are each available at Pharmica online pharmacy and can be ordered easily online in a matter of minutes.

So which treatment should I use?

As explained above, each treatment works slightly differently. Therefore, it’s important to trial each treatment to see which works best for you. What can offer an effective strategy is using each treatment in tandem, so one topically applied solution with the orally taken hair loss tablets. This is safe to do as they work in two separate ways and do not interact with each other, furthermore, it can offer optimised results.

It’s also important to track the changes so results can be observed. It’s also advisable to keep an eye on any side effects should they develop. Finally, patience is paramount, especially given proven medium to long term results that can be observed.

Sources

  1. Inadomi, T., 2014. Efficacy of finasteride for treating patients with androgenetic alopecia who are pileous in other areas: A pilot study in Japan. Indian journal of dermatology, 59(2), p.163.
  2. Shin, J.W., 2019. Evaluation of long‐term efficacy of finasteride in Korean men with androgenetic alopecia using the basic and specific classification system. The Journal of dermatology, 46(2), pp.139-143.
  3. Regaine. https://www.regaine.co.uk/minoxidil/how-regaine-works
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