How do we correct excess body hair and male pattern hair loss in women?
Hirsutism and androgenic alopecia develop because the levels of female hormones are low and the levels of DHT (the most virilising male hormone) is high.
It is now known that dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a metabolite of testosterone and is a primary agent responsible for premature hair loss.
Other causes such as;
Thyroid deficiences or over production cause less conversion of testosterone to estridiol and the conversion of testosterone to DHT increases proportionally.
Both these imbalances stimulate body hair growth.
Cortisol deficiency or excess ends up producing through other pathways greater amounts of androgenic hormones like DHEA and androstenedione. This cause a virilisation and excess body hair.
Progestogen deficiences also can contribute to scalp hair loss. Progestogen competes with DHT as it stops testosterone converting to DHT.
The essential step is to detect and treat any underlying hormone of food deficiencies or excesses that cause of aggravate hirsutism. Here at custom made medicine, we can view your blood results and help guide you towards a suitable treatment.
It maybe hereditary, or a build up of toxic metals, lack of B complex vitamins or a gluten intolerance.
If there is no hormonal imbalance we have topical hair loss treatments which may help thicken and generate new hair growth by combining medicines with complementary modes of action. These are formulated in our laboratory. We use higher strengths of minoxidil which thicken and lengthen hair follicles. We use a variety of DHT blockers such as azelaic acid, finasteride or dutasteride which prevent the formation of DHT, the main hormonal culprit in hair loss. We also use retinoic acid which is out of the vitamin A family, which increases cell turnover thus increasing the rate of hair growth. It also has been shown to increase the absorption of minoxidil so hair growth can appear even faster.