What is hair loss?
Male pattern baldness is the most common kind of hair loss in men and can be caused by genetics or an unbalance in male sex hormones. Hair loss can range from thinning of the hair to total baldness.
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Hair loss can be caused by genetics (family history), hormonal changes, a reaction to certain medications, radiation therapy, stressful events, or even certain hairstyles and treatments. In all cases, during the typical growth cycle, the hair follicle slowly shrinks over time producing shorter and thinner hairs. At a certain point, the hair follicle eventually stops producing hair altogether.
Hair loss, in men specifically, is thought to be caused by an overproduction of dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a derivative of testosterone and by blocking the production of this hormone, can slow or reverse hair loss.
Hair loss usually proceeds in a few common patterns:
- Receding hairline
- Thinning hair on crown
- Thinning along part
Finasteride therapy may be prescribed to treat male pattern baldness. Finasteride is FDA-approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness. It works by blocking the body’s production of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is known to contribute to hair loss.
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