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REGAINE® should only be used for the treatment of hereditary hair loss. Remember to always seek advice from a healthcare professional first, before treating any hair loss.

Balding in Men

If you are experiencing hereditary hair loss you may be suffering from balding.

Historically, a full head of luscious locks has been associated with strength, power, virility and youth. So if you’re starting to notice bald spots or a thinning crown, it might serve as something of a blow to your masculinity. But why exactly do many men go bald?

Factors in balding

There are three factors that play a crucial part in the speed and progress of a balding scalp – genetics, age and androgens. Androgens are male sex hormones like testosterone and dihydrotestosterone – more on these later.

A huge number of men will experience some degree of baldness - it’s estimated around 70%of men will see some form of male pattern baldness over the course of their lifetime. The three factors – age, genetics and male sex hormones – interact with each other to create conditions that make it difficult for hair to regrow, eventually leading to a balding scalp. 

Hormones, DHT and baldness

According to scientists, androgens are always involved in the progression of hereditary hair loss – especially dihydrotestosterone. Also known as DHT, this distant cousin of testosterone attacks hair follicles and shortens the hair cycle very gradually.

With a shorter hair cycle, each strand spends less time in the ‘growing’ phrase before it falls out. This means that hair will become thinner and shorter, and might even begin to lose some of its pigment. Eventually the follicle shuts down and can’t produce any new hair at all – which is what leads to balding in men. Over time testosterone breaks down into DHT - and if your genetics dictate that you’re particularly sensitive to this hormone, you could start to see male pattern baldness or general balding much earlier in your life.


There are treatments available for balding and hereditary hair loss – but if you are looking for medicinal treatment options, remember to always talk to your pharmacist or healthcare professional first.


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