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How can I Prevent Baldness?

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  • Written By: K.C. Bruning
  • Edited By: John Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 02 July 2018
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Though there is not yet a treatment to completely prevent baldness, there are several ways to slow hair loss in both men and women. Drugs such as Propecia® and Revivogen can slow baldness and sometimes encourage the growth of new hair. A natural remedy such as saw palmetto extract can also help to prevent baldness. There are several other behavioral changes which can slow baldness, such as reducing stress, exercising regularly, scalp massage, and avoiding excess vitamin A. It is best to consult a doctor when facing hair loss, as there could be an underlying cause for the problem that is not easily detected.

There are some prescription drugs that can help to prevent baldness and even grow new hair. Propecia® is an oral drug that can slow baldness, and may even cause a small amount of hair growth. It has the androgen inhibitor finasteride, which works to stop the conversion of testosterone to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair loss. It is a popular treatment among specialists. Revivogen is a topical treatment which also impedes the production of DHT.

For those seeking a natural treatment, saw palmetto is also thought to inhibit the production of DHT. Though results have been reported anecdotally from use of the extract, there is no scientific evidence to back up its effectiveness. There have also been no noticeable side effects from using saw palmetto.

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There are other natural methods that can help to prevent baldness. A head massage with a mixture of rosemary and olive oils increases circulation in the scalp. For women, it is important to style hair so that it is not too stressed by hair dryers, hot oil treatments, heating appliances, and tight hair ties. It is important to treat the scalp carefully and use gentle hair products. An excess of vitamin A can also lead to baldness.

Other lifestyle changes can make a difference in preventing baldness. Avoiding illness, managing stress, and carefully monitoring the effects of medications can all help to maintain hair. Careful management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and lupus may also prevent hair loss.

There are also some conditions which can cause temporary hair loss which may not necessarily be of concern. After pregnancy, scalp infections, chemotherapy, and some medical procedures, hair usually grows back once the body has returned to normal. Changes in hormone levels can also cause a temporary loss of hair that likely will not require special attention.

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