Dihydrotestosterone, commonly abbreviated as DHT, is the hormone behind most cases of hair loss problem. Even though most of us are fully aware that DHT is the leading cause of hair loss, we are completely helpless since there’s nothing we can do to block the hormone and resolve all our hair loss problems at least once and for all.
Just like the name suggests, there’s a strong connection between DHT and the level of testosterone in our blood stream. Though believed to be a male hormone, women too have small amounts of testosterone in their blood stream, which varies from women to women.
As a result, the women who inherit hair follicles that are extra sensitive to DHT end up losing more hair like their male counterparts.
So, how exactly does DHT trigger hair loss?
Generally, hair growth is facilitated by an important structure called the dermal papilla. This structure is normally found in the hair-follicles, and it’s the structure behind the healthy growth of hair.
However, when DHT comes into picture, it suppresses the structure causing hair follicles to shrink; hence, hair loss. Consequently, that’s how 95% of the population actually end up losing hair.
What is DHT and Why It Causes Hair Loss?
Apart from suppressing the dermal papilla, DHT also forms a waxy substance around hair roots. Subsequent deposits of this waxy substance may result into an accumulation of the substance. As a result, the person will begin to experience patterned hair loss regardless of the gender.
On the flip side, testosterone is more than the bad hormone we all know. It’s the hormone that facilitates the onset of secondary characteristics in teenage boys.
For instance, it grows their facial hair and muscles, it deepens their voice during puberty and finally, it enhance their sex drive. And because of that, it’s almost impossible to completely get rid of the hormone from the body.
From the illustration, it’s pretty obvious that DHT is the major cause of our problem when it comes to hair loss. And since eliminating it cannot be part of the solution, we can have plenty of it and still balance our body.
With that said, we can practically use the same hormone to eliminate our hair loss problem conclusively.
What is DHT (dihydrotestosterone)?
Dihydrotestosterone – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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