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Do Hair Loss Products Actually Stop Hair Loss?
by April Maguire
Going bald can wreck havoc on your confidence, and unfortunately it's a problem that most of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. According to the most recent estimates, experts predict that almost 70% of men and 45% of women will experience a noticeable amount of hair loss by the time they reach their 60s. And despite the prevalence of the problem, researchers and medical companies are yet to create a surefire cure.
Currently, two of the most popular hair loss products on the market are Rogaine and Propecia, and millions of users have claimed positive results. But how are these products designed to curtail hair loss and, perhaps more importantly, do they really work?
What Causes Hair Loss?
Before digging into how these products help fight against hair loss, it's important to understand the underlying cause of the problem. The vast majority of hair loss is due to a genetic condition known as androgenic alopecia. This condition, which affects both men and women, occurs when a derivative of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, causes hair follicles to gradually shrink. Over time, these follicles produce finer and finer hairs until they stop growing new hair entirely, resulting in thinning and baldness.
How Can Rogaine and Propecia Help?
Through the use of its main active ingredient, Minoxidil, Rogaine is applied topically and works by increasing the amount of blood flow and nutrition to hair follicles. Over time, this increase in vital nutrients results in thicker hairs and better overall coverage, and, in general, between 50% and 80% of men have had success with the product.
Propecia, on the other hand, works in a fundamentally different way. The primary medication in Propecia is called Finasteride, and it stops hair loss by inhibiting the body's production of DHT. In fact, studies show that Finasteride can reduce DHT by as much at 60%, allowing it to stop hair loss in its tracks for between 50% and 80% of users, the same success rate as Rogaine.
What Are the Drawbacks?
Unfortunately, Rogaine and Propecia both have their drawbacks. For starters, Rogaine tends not to work as well for people who have a long history of hair loss. Plus, even when it does work, the effects can sometimes stop after extended use. Meanwhile, Propecia is only available with a prescription, and it can take months before you start to see results. And while women can use Rogaine, they can't use Propecia at all.
So do these products actually stop hair loss? Well, they're certainly effective for some people more often than not. With that in mind, if you're battling hair loss, talk with your doctor about giving either Rogaine or Propecia a try.
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