Like many medical discoveries, this one was made by accident. JAK inhibitors – a class of drugs used to treat conditions such as bone marrow cancer and rheumatoid arthritis – have been hailed as a miracle cure for hair loss. However, the truth is a little more complicated than headlines would suggest. Nevertheless, these drugs have great potential to help understand and even cure many forms of hair loss.
Antihistamines are commonly used to alleviate the symptoms of allergies. If you’ve ever suffered from hay fever, you’ll know these drugs can be effective at reducing itchiness and sneezing. But antihistamines may also reduce PGD2 levels and inflammation – both of which are linked to hair loss. This has led some hair loss sufferers to try out antihistamines in an attempt to beat baldness. One antihistamine – cetirizine – is particularly popular online for this purpose. But does it really work for hair loss?
If you haven’t heard about it yet, CB0301 (brand name Breezula) is a topical anti-androgen that is being trialled for hair loss. It’s just finished phase 2 dose-ranging testing and shows promise. So does it work? When will it be available? Let’s take a look at this exciting future hair loss treatment.
Propecia, the 1mg finasteride pill approved by the FDA to treat hair loss, may be far stronger than necessary. Numerous studies have shown doses as low as 0.2mg reduce DHT by the same amount as the prescribed 1mg tablet. So is such a high dose necessary to prevent hair loss? Is there a lower risk of side effects when taking a lower dose? In this article we’ll take a look at what the optimal finasteride dose for hair loss prevention is.
It’s popularly touted as a natural hair loss treatment – but does it actually work? Rich in polyphenols, vitamins and minerals, olive oil is often recommended as both a topical therapy and a dietary addition to prevent hair loss. So what does the evidence say? Is olive oil good for hair loss?
We all know how healthy colorful fruit and vegetables are. And quercetin – the flavonol that gives many of these foods their color – is gaining recognition for its impressive list of health benefits. It’s too early to draw definite conclusions, but quercetin shows promise as a preventative treatment for certain types of cancer, heart disease, and may even promote DNA repair. Now, evidence suggests it reduces PGD2 levels – something that may make it an effective treatment for pattern hair loss too.
If it sounds too good to be true, it normally is! Onion juice is a popular home remedy for hair loss online. And there is also some research to suggest it may be effective for specific types of hair loss. But could curing hair loss really be this simple? Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Pygeum africanum is an extract from the bark of the African plum tree Prunus africana. It’s a popular natural remedy used to alleviate the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer – two conditions linked to DHT. Pygeum africanum is believed to reduce DHT levels and there are even studies that appear to confirm this. So does this make it an effective hair loss treatment?
For the longest time, androgenetic alopecia has been thought of as a purely genetic phenomenon. And while there is a strong genetic component to hair loss, new evidence is highlighting the importance of environmental factors. One such factor is diet – particularly sugar consumption. In this post we’ll look at why sugar is especially dangerous for those losing their hair and how reducing sugar intake may slow, or even reverse, hair loss.
It’s a little known fact that bald men have higher levels of fibrosis in their scalps. And taurine, an amino sulphonic acid found in animal tissues, has been shown to prevent and reduce fibrosis. In this article, we’ll look at the evidence for taurine as a hair loss treatment, including a trial that claims it is more effective than FDA approved hair loss drug Propecia.