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Which Shampoos Block DHT and Stop Hair Loss? - Sunday, January 25, 2009

Question:

I'm 28 and am starting to notice that my crown is balding. After doing a lot of reading, I realized it's probably a good idea to find a DHT fighting shampoo before I move onto Rogaine or Propecia. However, there are about 100 different types of DHT shampoos on the market. Some are more popular than others. I'm wondering if there are any proven ingredients to block DHT in any of these hair loss shampoos. Apparently, if I can minimize the DHT on my scalp, there is a good chance of keeping my hair longer.

Answer:

There are a number of products that claim to inhibit DHT, the hormone responsible for the progression of male pattern baldness. However, differentiating the ones that really work from those that don't takes time and research. The key to evaluating any hair loss product is looking for clinical evidence that its ingredients work to stop hair loss.

Due to the fact that hair loss shampoos are only left on your scalp for a few minutes at the most and then washed out, don't expect more than marginal benefit, even those with proven ingredients.

Ketoconazole is found in a few shampoos and has been found to be a weak DHT inhibitor. Therefore shampoos like Nizoral and Revita that contain ketoconazole may be a helpful adjunct treatment to Propecia and Rogaine. However, Propecia and Rogaine are proven and most likely much more effective than any DHT inhibiting shampoo you wash out after only a few minutes.






 

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