Like many other attributes of the human body, hair follicles are programmed genetically. Androgenetic Alopecia known more commonly as genetic hair loss or male pattern baldness/female pattern baldness is therefore also caused by our genes - and is the most common form of hair loss.
How does hereditary hair loss work?
The hormone dihydrotestosterone abbreviated as DHT is created when the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase which is found in the skin and scalp combines with the hormone testerosterone.
Hair loss occurs when DHT binds to the receptor sites on the scalp and hair follicles. The hairs that are genetically predisposed to DHT are affected by receiving signals that interrupt the normal hair growth cycle.
Please know that DHT is not the root cause of hair loss. If it were, just about everybody would be bald. DHT is in fact the hormone responsible for the loss of hairs genetically programmed to be influenced by DHT.
Hope for the genetic hair loss sufferer:
There is currently no cure for hair loss however, medications such as Propecia which contains the active ingredient finasteride and Rogaine which contains the active ingredient minoxodil may help prevent further loss for those suffering from hereditary hair loss. There is a possibility (though the percentage is less) that these hair loss medications may help regrow hair.
Some hair loss sufferers may be candidates for hair loss and restoration surgery. Consulting with a qualified and ethical hair loss doctor is necessary to determine whether or not you are a candidate.
Bill Seemiller - Managing Publisher
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