Our hormones play a crucial role in our health. They are our body’s chemical messengers, carrying signals to our bloodstream and tissues, and regulating processes from growth to metabolism to mood. They even have an impact on our hair growth – or lack thereof.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is an important hormone – central to male sexual development, body hair growth, sweat gland function, prostate health, and regulation of the libido. Unfortunately, having high DHT levels can contribute to certain types of hair loss, including male- or female-pattern baldness. Hair loss can occur when DHT binds to androgen receptors in the hair follicle. This causes follicles to shrink until they stop producing hair.
Reversing the effects of high DHT can slow the progression of pattern baldness. There are numerous pharmaceuticals, supplements, and topical solutions that may aid in lowering DHT and in preserving your hair.
What Are the Signs of High DHT?
If you are experiencing hair loss at your crown or temple – or if you are developing a receding hairline – you may have high levels of DHT. Other symptoms of high DHT are increased body and facial hair, adult acne, increased sweating, aggression, sleep apnea, high red blood cell count, or high blood pressure.
What Happens When DHT Is Blocked?
When DHT is blocked, hair loss typically slows and sometimes stops completely. Does lost hair regrow after blocking DHT? Unfortunately, DHT blockers don’t promote new hair growth, but they can preserve the hair you still have.
Is Blocking DHT Healthy?
The premier treatment to block DHT is an oral medication called Finasteride, which inhibits the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. Blocking DHT with drugs like finasteride is effective, but is it really healthy?
Studies indicate that DHT blockers are safe for most men, although some individuals may experience side effects like decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, or depression. This is why it is important to use pharmaceutical DHT blockers under medical supervision so that any side effects can be monitored and addressed. While some DHT blocking products may be used by women, finasteride is approved for male use only and shouldn’t even be handled by women who are (or may become) pregnant.
There are also concerns about increased hormone levels while taking DHT blockers. Does blocking DHT increase testosterone? Because DHT blockers stop the conversion of testosterone to DHT, they may cause a slight increase in overall testosterone levels. This is typically negligible but should be monitored by a medical professional.
Votesse® Products Promote Hair Health from the Inside Out
If you are seeking a natural complement or alternative to pharmaceutical DHT blockers, we proudly offer Votesse® products. Ingredients in Votesse® help to improve overall hair appearance, increase hair fullness, and improve shine and brightness. Containing saw palmetto berry and other ingredients thought to regulate DHT naturally, Votesse® has safe and drug-free proprietary blends for both men and women… and can be used in tandem with other surgical and non-surgical hair procedures.
Formulated by dermatologists with expertise in hair health, Votesse’s line of supplements and topical foam solutions contain antioxidants, multivitamins, and probiotics that address wellness from the inside out, and from the outside in.
Austin Hair Clinic – Proudly Offering Votesse® Products
If you’re experiencing male- or female-pattern baldness, Austin Hair Clinic is here to help. We offer a variety of non-surgical options like Votesse® as well as the minimally invasive ARTAS® Robotic Hair Transplant System – a procedure that produces exceptional results and will get you back to your day-to-day life in just a few days. Contact us today for a free consultation.