Since the FDA pulled every 10-15% minoxidil and anything containing azelaic acid, the golden days of minoxidil products with added DHT blocking substances are over, and a lot of people went back to using regular 5% minoxidil.
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Finasteride (Propecia): a pill taken once daily that blocks the activity of an enzyme that metabolizes testosterone to a substance that inhibits hair growth. Any regrowth is not permanent. Finasteride is not used for the treatment of hair loss in women.
Foods like bananas are a good idea to eat while suffering from hair loss. In the same way as safflower, potassium is a very powerful vasodilator and can seriously improve the circulation of blood at the scalp cells. It also helps to manage fluid balance in the body, which keeps the cells properly maintained, thereby preventing follicle malfunction.
Scalp expansion: Devices are inserted under the scalp for about 3 to 4 weeks to stretch the skin. This procedure may be performed before a scalp reduction to make the scalp more lax. It also can be performed solely to stretch hair-bearing areas, which reduces balding.
A very important nutrient for hair health is iron. A low number of red blood cells in the body can cause iron-deficiency anemia, therefore making it necessary to eat iron-rich foods. Other reasons for anemia induced hair loss can be that of your body not properly absorbing the nutrients, loss of blood, pregnancy, illness, etc.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in women in which the body manufactures more androgens, or male hormones, than it normally should. Women who suffer from this condition may grow facial hair and extra body hair. One of the other symptoms of this condition is thinning of hair on the head. Women affected with PCOS may also experience weight gain, acne, menstrual irregularities, ovulation problems, depression, and infertility. Hair thinning may be the only outward sign that a woman is suffering from this condition.
Sometimes a supplement is all you need. The combination of fish protein, vitamin C, zinc, biotin, and niacin in Viviscal supplements encourages the body to produce healthier, thicker strands, says New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner. ($50, viviscal.com)
Almost one in 10 women aged 20 through 49 suffers from anemia due to an iron deficiency (the most common type of anemia), which is an easily fixable cause of hair loss. You doctor will have to do a blood test to determine for sure if you have this type of anemia.
Underlying medical condition: Hair loss can be the first sign of a disease. About 30 diseases, including thyroid disease and anemia, cause hair loss. By treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.
Kravich tells patients dealing with hair loss to include nuts and seeds, eggs, fish in their diets. All are important sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help lower inflammation and create a healthier scalp.