Let’s Talk Science: Blocking DHT to Prevent Hair Loss
Hair loss in men is mainly caused by a male steroid hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This hormone is an androgen produced as a byproduct of testosterone. It’s a powerful hormone responsible for many things, including forming genitalia during pregnancy.
DHT causes hair loss when it binds on to hair follicles, denying them nutrients, which causes them to shrink, become weak, and die. This process is called miniaturization. The most effective way to stop hair loss in men will be to block DHT. Despite its challenges, blocking DHT is much more effective compared to other methods.
How to Block DHT
Have you ever asked, Can blocking DHT really help? The answer is yes! Blocking DHT is quite simple. You can use natural remedies as blockers. Some of the natural products you can use are green tea, Saw palmetto, nettle, and pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seed oil has been proven quite effective. One can start seeing results between 12 and 24 weeks.
You can also go to the local pharmacist and buy a blocking shampoo. In addition, you can buy a DHT block spray. One of the ingredients in blocking shampoos is ketoconazole. Ketoconazole disrupts the DHT pathway to the scalp. Another useful ingredient in the shampoo is the biotin. However, it’s important to note that the spray or the shampoo will reduce the hair loss, but won’t stop the hormone from binging on the follicles. Additionally, you’ll have to carefully choose the shampoos you buy to avoid causing more damage to your hair.
To effectively block the hormone, shampoos and sprays won’t do the job. You’ll need to block it from the source. This will involve taking drugs like finasteride, Minoxidil (Regaine). These kinds of drugs work by preventing the conversion of testosterone to DHT by bonging them to the 5a-Reductase enzyme. This will also prevent the body from producing any DHT. By blocking DHT, you’ll be able to maintain healthy hair.
Side Effects of Blocking DHT
One of the side effects includes a slight increase in the testosterone level. Since none of the testosterone is being converted to DHT, your body will have increased production. Blocking can also cause enlarged or tender breast areas, rash, pruritus, increased hepatic enzymes, and pain in the testicles.
Blocking DHT can also cause lower sex drive in some patients who use Finasteride. Finasteride can result in noticeably reduced interest in sex. Other side effects include changes in the texture of newly grown hair, itchy eyes, increased growth of facial hairs, skin reactions, and headaches. Lastly, blocking DHT can cause weak erections and penile shrinkage.
How to Reduce the Side Effects
If you experience intensive side effects, you might seek professional help. However, you can start by reducing the number of drugs or natural remedies you’re taking. You can also massage your scalp to reduce the stress and tension. Massages will help in blood circulation. You can also try out other stress-reducing activities like meditation.
Moreover, you can decrease the number of times you masturbate. It’s also advisable to increase nutrient, minerals, and enzyme content in your body.