Hair Loss and Baldness: Does minoxidil work?

Hair Loss and Baldness: Does minoxidil work?

You might notice hair falling out of your scalp, or leaving a bald spot and completely altering your physical appearance, it could be a case of hair loss or baldness. Hair loss problems include hair thinning, and spot baldness on the scalp which can also affect your eyebrows and eyelashes. Hair loss is considered one of the most common hair care concerns for both men and women. So, if you are experiencing hair loss of this proportion, you must get in touch with a dermatologist or a trichologist immediately for a hair loss solution.

In this article, we are going to talk about the cause of hair loss, male pattern baldness and its causes, whether or not minoxidil works and other possible treatments for hair loss. 

What are the causes of hair loss?

We have mentioned a few reasons which affect hair loss in a greater way.

1) Excessive stress

Sudden stress can cause hair to fall in many people, sometimes we might face environmental changes which can be stressful for many people. Public interactions and social settings also can bring out stress in many people.

2) Childbirth 

Many people are not aware of the fact that women face extensive Hair loss after childbirth, Postpartum can induce stress in new moms which is a big reason for Hair fall.

3) Hormones and Age

Changing Hormones and growing Age can also contribute to Hair fall, Hormones may change due to a serious medical illness which could also affect Hair fall.

4) Alopecia Areata 

Alopecia Areata is an Autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system attacks the scalp cells causing Hair fall and eliminating the chances of hair regrowth.

What is Male Pattern Baldness?

Male Pattern Baldness is a very common hair loss problem and it can be caused due to an unbalance in Hormones in men. Generally, men start noticing the effects of Male Pattern Baldness after the age of 30s but it can start at a young age too. 

If you observe your Hairline receding or thinning of Hair then these can be early symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness. Even though there are many ways in which it can be prevented but some changes are to be made very early on in life. You need not worry if you think your time has passed we can always find a cure for it together. 

What are the causes of male pattern baldness? 

1) Genetic male pattern baldness:

One of the most common causes is genetic male pattern baldness which refers to a family history of balding and hair loss. When DHT builds up in your hair follicles over time, DHT shrinks the growth phase of your hair follicle.

DHT Blockers are quite effective to postpone male pattern baldness

2) Environmental male pattern baldness:

Smoking, stress, thyroid, or nutrition deficiencies are some of the factors that contribute to male pattern baldness. Iron deficiency can also impact male pattern baldness and can put you higher on the risk of male pattern baldness. Besides these, emotional stress or even physical stress sends signals to the hair follicles and they enter a resting phase due to the large levels of adrenaline that our body releases.

What are the symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness?

No one can predict Male Pattern Baldness but they can notice symptoms and changing Hair structure to know if they are suffering from it. Let us start by gathering around the symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness. 

1) Excessive Hair fall  

The first and foremost symptom of Male Pattern Baldness is having excessive hair fall, it can happen at any age if we are being honest but it is usually seen in the early or mid-30s. Hair fall can have a lot of temporary reasons Male Pattern Baldness is one of the more significant and more permanent. 

2) Receding Hairline

Most men realize that they are suffering from Male Pattern Baldness after their Hairline starts to recede forming an M shape. Every person is different as is their experience with Male Pattern Baldness some may notice a receding Hairline while some may face thinning of Hair.  

3) Thinning of Crown 

As we mentioned not everyone notices a receding Hairline some people can notice thinning of hair on their crown. Hair fall in the Crown is not easily noticed by people until their scalp is visible but this is one of the most common symptoms of Male Pattern Baldness.

4) Thinning all over 

Some people face Thinning of Hair all over, thinning of hair can happen at any age and it may be your call to change your lifestyle habits or your diet, you can also visit a doctor if you notice any of these symptoms in your scalp. 

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil, also known as rogaine, is a drug that scientists eventually developed to treat high blood pressure. During its clinical trials, subjects also noticed that it seemed to promote hair growth. Over some time, scientists developed a topical application of minoxidil which is now known as rogaine by the manufacturers.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially approved this drug as an over-the-counter formula that contained a 2% solution of minoxidil. A 5% solution is also made available now for tough to treat conditions.

Rogaine is most helpful for people who are dealing with recent hair loss and who are under 40 years of age. New hair growth usually disappears when people stop applying the medication.

How does minoxidil work?

It has been observed that minoxidil works for about 2 out of 3 men. It is most effective if you’re under the age of 40 and have only recently started to lose your hair.

Your hair growth process or hair growth cycle undergoes four different stages:

  • The anagen, also known as the growing phase, during which the hair grows.
  • In the catagen, or the regression phase where your hair follicles shrink and detach from your skin.
  • The telogen or the resting phase is the one where new hair begins to grow under the older, detached hairs.
  • The exogen or shedding phase is the last one where the older hair falls out from your scalp and is replaced by the new hair.

Drugs like minoxidil shorten the telogen phase and cause old hairs to shed and be replaced by the all-new and fresh hairs in the anagen phase. It’s crucial to know that you can only regrow from areas where the hair follicles are still active, healthy and capable of producing new hair strands.

Products that contain minoxidil help many people to regrow their hair or slow the rate of hair loss or both. It will take at least six months of treatment to prevent further hair loss and to start hair regrowth. 

It might take a few or more months to find out whether the treatment is working for you or not. If the results are positive, you will need to continue using the medicine indefinitely to retain the benefits.

Possible side effects of Minoxidil include scalp irritation and unwanted hair growth on the adjacent skin of the face and hands. 

Mars by GHC provides the best product. Minoxidil Hair Regrowth Solution includes Minoxidil 5% topical solution. It helps in quick hair regrowth treatment and is clinically proven to regrow up to 25% more hair in around 10-12 weeks. This solution attempts to help hair follicle action and hair protein creation, for hair regrowth.

Other Possible Treatments for hair loss:

There are many treatments available, through which you can get back your hair.

  • Home remedies
    • Although conventional treatments for hair loss are extremely limited, studies show that there are several natural remedies that people can try to treat alopecia.
    • Some experts recommend rubbing onion or garlic juice, cooled green tea, almond oil, rosemary oil, honey, or coconut milk or bhringraj into the scalp. While none of these is likely to cause harm, their effectiveness is also not supported by any research or study.  
    • Some people, who are suffering from this condition, even turn to alternative treatment methods such as acupuncture and aromatherapy.
  • Topical Treatment 
    1) Anti-hair fall shampoo

  • It nourishes your hair and scalp with no harmful chemicals (Parabens and Sulphate free). The shampoo helps to strengthen your hair, improves the texture of your hair, and reduces hair fall. 

    2) Biotin tablets 

    The Biotin tablets are enriched with multivitamins which help in hair growth and improve metabolism. Biotin tablets include a total of 10 vitamins. The tablets reduce hair fall, improve scalp health, promote hair growth, and make your hair stronger & healthier than before.

    3) Finasteride (Propecia)

    • Finasteride is a prescription drug that is designed especially for men. Many men taking finasteride experience a slowing down the process of hair loss, and some might show new hair growth. 
    • Just like Minoxidil, it might also take a few months to tell whether it's working for you. You are required to keep taking it to retain any benefits. 
    • Finasteride might not work as well for men who are aged over 60.
    • Finasteride tablets provided by GHC are FDA-approved medication that helps treat male pattern hair loss, and helps increase hair growth and also prevents further hair loss in them.

    You are supposed to take one finasteride tablet daily or as prescribed by your doctor. You need to take a finasteride tablet at a fixed time every day to see the fast and better results. It might take 2-3 months to see the difference.

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