View Full Version : 23 years old and mother nature is taking it fast
10-29-2009, 05:24 AM
Hello everybody, I didn't know where else to go. I'm 23 and it's going away fast. I started thinning in my teen's and now the top back part of my hair is nearly gone. very paper thin layer of hair covering it, and the top parts of my head are starting to patch. I don't know my biological father so i can't give information on whether he is bald are not. is this a discussion place that is safe from trolls?
Hi Steeler man, You have certainly found a safe place - Spencer runs avery sound and credible forum here so the advice given will be helpful to you:cool:
You are young so best course initially would be to look into stabilising your loss and this can be done successfully in the vast majority of patients by topicals or meds. See info below on the big3 as it will possibly help.
The big 3 to beat DHT, (The cause of hairloss)
- Propecia ( Finesteride ), Minoxodil and Nizoral
Here is the thing you need to make sure you understand when it comes to MPB:
The main known factor that causes hairloss is DHT. To form DHT your body's 5a-reductase enzyme converts free roaming testosterone DHT inside the hair cell follicle. The DHT then binds to the hair cell receptor and causes it to atrophy or shrink. Eventually your hair follicle stops producing hair and you lose that follicle.
There are two types of the 5ar enzyme; Type I and Type II. Type II 5ar seems to be the main culprit in MPB as the type II enzyme is present in the hair follicles. Finasteride is a specific inhibitor of Type II 5ar inhibitor that reduces DHT produced by the type II 5ar by 85%-90% and reduces the overall DHT blood serum levels by 65%.
As you will see Finasteride (Propecia/Proscar) is extremely useful as a treatment for MPB as it directly attacks the problem. Nizoral shampoo is thought to help "dull" the androgen receptors in the scalp which the DHT binds to. Together they provide a synergetic effect.
Minoxidil is a hair stimulant. It is FDA proven hair stimulant on the market. However stimulating hair and protecting hair from further damage are two separate actions
Minoxidil will artificially augment your hair while you use the compound but it does NOT have any know effect on 5ar or the androgen receptors in the scalp.
The best way to attack MPB is to:
1. Stop further damage to your hair via DHT. You can accomplish this best by using Finasteride to inhibit the 5ar enzyme and Nizoral to "dull" the androgen receptors.
2. **If** further thickening/regrowth is needed after the hair damaging DHT androgen is reduced then minoxidil can be used to further augment your existing hairs and perhaps even stimulant some dormant hair follicles to resume growing.
I hope this helps give you some info. I am sure other guys here will be able to confirm info above and help further based on their own personal experiences. You are not alone mate.
11-01-2009, 06:34 PM
Hi Steelers_man, just a fellow Steeler fan (and Pitt Panther fan, hence my handle) here to say hello and offer my sympathies. I started noticing my hair loss in my mid 20s, I got on Propecia and managed to save most of it. I don't know if your doctor will give it to you yet since you're so young, but I would say that your best bet would be to speak with him (or her). Go Pitt and go Steelers!!