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Hairloss and Baldness
Throughout history male pattern baldness has affected men of every race and class. Male pattern baldness is caused when the hair follicles shrink as they are exposed to by DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which is naturally found in the male body. Most experts agree that the chance of a man being afflicted by male pattern baldness is down mainly to genetics, with environmental factors such as stress accelerating the condition. Throughout history there have never been effect treatments or a baldness cure, until now.
Is A Baldness Cure Possible?
Many men throughout history have tried to hide the condition using comb overs or wigs, with Julius Caesar being a famous example. Other oils and potions have also been tried, but until the modern scientific age none were actually effective as nobody actually knew the cause of the condition.
All this has now thankfully changed, with a wide variety of products of various levels of effectiveness now on the market. We now count down the Top 4 baldness treatments available today.
A wide variety of these products can be found for purchase in our hairloss section
4. Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo
Alpecin is a shampoo that works by applying caffeine to the scalp and hair roots. Studies have shown that caffeine, when absorbed by the hair root, blocks DHT and the shrinking effect it has on the hair follicle, and therefore helps to prevent baldness.
The Alpecin shampoo formula allows the caffeine to penetrate the scalp down into the hair roots in just 120 seconds (2 minutes). It is applied in the shower like normal shampoo, making it a very convenient product to use. It is also a great help to those with thinning hair as it helps give body and thickness to the hair.
Revivogen is a family of products that include a topical serum, shampoo and conditioner. Developed by dermatologists, for the best results it is recommended that all three products are used in unison, but both the topical serum and shampoo will yield benefits on their own.
Revivogen has been scientifically proven to help with thinning hair in multiple independent studies and works by using a powerful combination of natural ingredients blended to make the safest and most effective treatment possible. It has been designed to block DHT at the hair follicle itself, and therefore prevent further hair loss.
Unlike Finasteride and Minoxidil, Revivogen has no known side effects and is completely safe to use by any men suffering hair loss.
Finasteride, which is sold under the brand names Proscar and Propecia among others, is a medication used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male pattern baldness. In fact many have said it is the only true baldness cure.
Finasteride works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the body, and so is taken as a tablet and not directly applied to the scalp or hair itself. Blocking the creation of DHT essentially prevents the balding process entirely, but only as long as the drug is continually taken. Finasteride is the closest thing to a baldness cure, but there are downsides.
Finasteride should never be taken without the prior approval of your doctor as it can have adverse side effects in some men, with sexual problems and erectile dysfunction being the most common. It also has no effect on women suffering from baldness.
Minoxidil, famously sold as the Rogaine topical formula in both standard and extra strong versions, is both the best known baldness treatment and our number one product to treat hair loss. While never originally intended as a baldness cure Rogaine has proven to be both a highly effective and popular treatment.
Minoxidil works by stimulating the hair follicle directly, causing new thicker hair to grow. While the action of the treatment is still not fully understood, Minoxidil is the most scientifically proven hair loss treatment, with 40% of men experiencing hair regrowth the 3-6 months of beginning treatment. As such it is the most commonly prescribed hair loss treatment, and is available in separate treatments for both men and women.
While it is available over the counter, side effects of Minoxidil can include skin irritation and itching in the area of application. Like most medicines Minoxidil should not be used without the prior approval of your doctor.
See our hairloss section for more of these treatments.