Alopecia is a word that came to us from ancient Greece, which meant baldness. This term in medicine means hair loss, which has a pathological nature and causes a complete loss of hair, or its significant thinning in significant areas of the scalp or trunk. Hair loss is a serious problem that many people face as they age. Among the widespread types of this disease, there is focal, symptomatic, cicatricial, and finally, androgenetic alopecia. We will look into with more detail, since this type of alopecia develops under the influence of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – the active form of the male sex hormone, and is the cause of more than 95 percent of cases of baldness in the male sex.
Hair Loss And Steroids
We all know that the use of Injectable and Oral Steroids increases the amount of Testosterone within the body, but many people may not know that your body naturally converts Testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) using an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. An increase in the level of the hormone dihydrotestosterone in men following the use of androgenic steroids is the cause of androgenetic alopecia (hair loss on the head) and hirsutism (body hair in women). Subsequently, some steroid users require substances that selectively reduce their level of dihydrotestosterone in order to avoid hair loss if they are susceptible to this condition.
The Best Hair Loss Treatments
There are currently two leading hair loss treatment drugs available on the market. They are classed in a group of drugs called 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors:
Finasteride – This is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor that prevents Testosterone conversion into DHT by blocking the action of type 2 5-alpha-reductase. It has been shown to slow further hair loss and improve hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia.
Dutasteride – This substance inhibits the activity of 5-alpha-reductase enzymes of the 1st and 2nd types, acting on the testosterone hormone, preventing it from being converted into an excess amount of dihydrotestosterone.