Attributes of Good Hair Loss Shampoo

With so many products claiming to work wonders for hair loss, you may be at a loss in deciding which product(s) to use. But as you look into various options, consider the following attributes that may help you choose the

Some hair loss treatment shampoos are successfully able to block DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone. DHT is a male sex hormone linked to male pattern baldness. This unwanted condition occurs as hair follicles become overly susceptible to DHT and shrink. The enzyme responsible for this is 5-alpha reductase, so you may want to consider a shampoo that contains 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. The problem here is that some men turn to DHT-blocking medicines in an attempt to curb hair loss, but find that these medicines come with unintended side effects such as lowering testosterone levels, which may result in lower semen production and other adverse side effects. For this reason, you should choose a shampoo that blocks DHT from the scalp without lowering the body’s testosterone levels. Women who experience hair loss may also be getting exposed to DHT, especially later in life as hormones change. A 5-alpha reductase inhibitor may help women to block undesired DHT levels.

Another ingredient used in some hair loss treatments is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has a range of medicinal uses, including reducing pains and achiness, which is why it is used in aspirins. It is also used in many acne medications, as well as in stomach pain reducers, such as Pepto-Bismol. On skin, salicylic acid works for exfoliation, and when used on the scalp it can cleanse the pores (which is why is it included in some dandruff shampoos). Some people believe that keeping the pores clear is essential to preventing hair loss. A number of people who experience hair loss also report that their scalp becomes shiny. This is because the normally healthful sebum (a type of oil that your scalp produces) has been able to form into a form of plaque that clogs the pores. This may mean that hair follicles that could grow are being repressed, and an element like salicylic acid is necessary to remove the plaque and allow the hair to grow again. Still, others believe that extended use of salicylic acid on the scalp can weaken the strength of hair. You may wish to speak with your doctor or dermatologist to determine whether salicylic acid would be helpful or harmful in your particular circumstance and for what length of use you should use it.

Finally, a third ingredient to be on the lookout for is ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is an antifungal medicine. Its use is hair loss therapy is related to a fungus that is frequently located on the human body, especially on the scalp: Malassezia. A shampoo that includes ketoconazole may be able to reduce inflammation from this fungus, and allow hair to grow more freely.

With many available products containing vastly different ingredients, it is easy to be overwhelmed in the search to find the right hair loss treatment shampoo. Considering the particular benefits from these three ingredients can help you select the best shampoo to aid you in preventing or reversing hair loss.

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