Avacor® Hair Regrowth Blog
17Dec/120

Hair Regrowth Treatments: What Works?

Hair loss can be tough, so when you see noticeable loss, bald spots, or a widening part, it is understandable to want to do anything you can to stop the hair loss and grow your hair back. This is not always possible, but there are a number of natural and holistic hair loss remedies available for you to try at home – but do they work?

Can you stop - or even reverse - hair loss?

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Many people swear by their own home remedies, promising that a certain scalp cream or hair tonic will work to regrow hair and prevent further hair loss.  While these remedies may work for some people, they are like any other remedy in that they do not necessarily work for all people.  In addition, there are few studies that provide evidence of the effectiveness of home remedies, though there is generally no harm in trying some out.  It is always important to check with your doctor before trying any new healthcare regime, even a natural remedy.

Dr. Paradi Mirmirani, a dermatologist in California, is quoted in a recent WebMD article as stating that “Most natural hair treatments are bunk.”  He noted that he routinely advises patients against buying products to use as home remedies, as their costs add up and can be very cost-prohibitive, and they do not necessarily offer any reliable benefit.  However, WebMD’s article does go on to consider several natural remedies that may improve the quality of the hair you do have, in order to reduce further hair loss.

Molly Roberts, MD, MS, of the American Holistic Medical Association, believes that general methods can be tried before medicating for hair loss, taking a holistic approach to the issue of thinning hair.  Such holistic ideas include proper nutrition, stress management, and overall hair care.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine

Nutrition is a key element that people should examine with any medical condition – often, food can be the culprit of medical maladies and can also be the source of improved health.  Hippocrates, said to be the father of Western medicine, stated, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” promoting the belief that food, what we put into our bodies every single day, is the key to good health.  Hair loss is no different; the key to healthy skin, a healthy scalp, and healthy hair is the food we put into our bodies.

Sally Kravich, MS, CNHP is a nutritionist with a holistic approach; she is also referenced in the above-mentioned article.  Kravich encourages a healthy, balanced diet as a large part of good health practices.  Important nutrients include protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, dairy, and meat – though it is possible to maintain a varied and balanced diet as a vegetarian or vegan.  Omega-3 fatty acids are important for scalp health and can be found in nuts, seeds, eggs, and fish.

Supplements can be taken, though Kravich prefers that her patients get their necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from the foods that they eat.  Iron is important for hair health, as a deficiency can lead to hair loss, but iron supplements should only be taken under advisement of a medical professional after a positive test for anemia.  Zinc and biotin are also believed to have benefits for healthy hair growth.  Before beginning any supplement regime, you should notify your doctor so that she or he can provide any additional information and check for drug interactions with any medications you are taking.

Stress and Hair Loss

Sometimes, hair loss will reverse itself.  This is often the case when hair loss is caused by physiological stress leading to telogen effluvium, a condition in which a disproportionate amount of hair follicles switch into their resting state and subsequently fall out, out of sync with the natural schedule of your hair’s cycles.  Learn more about stress and hair loss from our previous post.

Maintain The Hair You Have

An important factor to consider when struggling with hair loss is to protect and care for the hair that you do have to improve hair health.  When dealing with hair loss, do your best to:

  • Avoid harsh chemicals from hair dyes, perms, and chemical straighteners
  • Avoid harsh shampoos and conditioners, especially those containing sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate, industrial-grade surfactants that are present in many commercial hair products and can lead to skin and hair damage
  • Avoid heated styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers – if you must use a hair dryer, use a diffuser or a cool air dryer
  • Style your hair to decrease the appearance of thinness  by cutting hair short to reduce the appearance of thin or limp hair or using a volumizing mousse or other hair thickening product – we discuss hair thickeners in a previous post.
  • Be gentle when styling hair – do not attempt to style hair in complicated ways or using a lot of products

Popular Home Remedies - Do They Work?

Though there is a lack of scientific data to disprove or support the effectiveness of holistic hair growth remedies, many people use home remedies to stop and even reverse their hair loss and provide anecdotal evidence that the remedies work for them.  Discuss remedies with your doctor. Even if they may not work, these remedies could be worth a try if you want to avoid medications and other chemical treatments.

  • Saw palmetto, an herbal supplement, is believed in many holistic circles to provide hair restoration and stop hair loss
  • Silica, either taken in supplements or by eating silica-rich foods, has been said to stimulate hair growth and stop or slow hair loss already happening
  • Amla (Indian gooseberry) can be used to create a hair growth tonic when combined with coconut oil and boiled, or amla juice can be mixed with lime juice and used as a shampoo to promote hair growth
  • Simmering rosemary leaves with water and adding wheat germ oil can be used as a hair rinse to promote hair and scalp health
  • Scalp massage is said to promote blood flow and follicle health in the scalp, leading to healthier hair and decreased hair loss
  • Onion is touted as an excellent way to regrow hair after loss, improve hair health, and treat dandruff – to use onion, pulverize the onion flesh in a blender or food processor, drain the liquid through a sieve or cheesecloth, apply the liquid and/or the paste to the scalp and let sit for thirty minutes before washing hair as usual, several times per week
  • There are many more holistic and home remedy options available; do a simple internet search to find some that might work for you

Your Mileage May Vary

It is important to understand that home remedies may not work for you, even if they work for a friend, colleague, or family member that recommends them.  If you try some holistic remedies to no avail, discuss some medical options for hair loss with your doctor, such as drug treatment or surgery, or consider other proven hair loss correction methods.  If you want to avoid all chemical treatment entirely, you can look to wigs or hairpieces, or simply let your bare head go au naturale.

Avacor® Can Help

You can also begin a hair care regime with Avacor®, which help countless men and women just like you who are seeking an answer to their hair loss problems. Avacor offers hair regrowth products, such as Avacor Physicians Formulation®, which is FDA approved and clinically shown to regrow hair in as little as two months’ time.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that when your hair starts to thin, there are several roads to trying to halt hair loss and restore your hair back to its former glory.  Whether you try a home remedy, use products like Avacor’s line of hair care and regrowth products, or use medical approaches, you can take steps to restore what you have lost.  Determining which method is the right method for you is up to your personal preferences and how many remedies you want to try.

Though there is not scientific data to back up the home remedies, they have shown to be effective for the individuals who promote them and they may very well be a legitimate means of hair regrowth for you, if you wish to try them.  Likewise, a product like Avacor, which has been shown in studies to be effective and has worked for tens of thousands of customers, may not work for a small percentage of people.  Hair regrowth and treatment of hair loss can be a process of trial and error.  Discuss your options with your doctor – but remember: you get to decide which treatment you want to try.  At the very least, be sure to maintain a healthy diet to promote body (and hair!) health and maintenance.

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11Dec/120

Winter Hair Care

The winter season can blanket your town with snow and ice, which can be both beautiful and stressful at the same time. Blustery winter weather brings many challenges, such as travel delays, slick roads, and school/business closings. It can also wreak havoc on your hair. According to WebMD, harsh winter weather changes can be your hair’s worst enemy. Therefore, it’s important to understand a few helpful tips about caring for your hair during cold weather and the winter season.

Take care of your hair this winter

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Keeping Warm

A healthy head of hair can help keep your entire body warm during winter months. Heat escapes from all areas of your body, including your head. However, if your body is covered up, then the only place heat can escape from your body is your head. Unless, of course, your head is covered as well, which is when your hair comes into play. While hair won't trap heat entirely, it will help keep you warmer. If you are experiencing hair loss or baldness, definitely wear a hat, or keep your head warm some other way. If using Avacor® hair products, allow the products time to be absorbed before you put your hat on and head out for the day.

Effects of Winter Weather

When winter weather hits full stride, it can cause a variety of issues that affect your hair health and ability to grow a healthy head of hair. Static electricity from hats, dry frizz, and split ends all occur more frequently during winter months. There is also the hat hair factor, which forces many people to choose between staying warm and keeping their hair style in place.

Weather Elements

The winter brings many extreme weather elements that can cause hair problems. Sunny days skiing, combined with strong wind, snow, ice, and sweat can all damage your hair. In fact, the sun exposure in the winter is often worse than the summer, because of all the other weather elements that factor into play.

Heat

“Heat” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of winter weather, but it certainly plays a role. After all, if you don’t crank up the furnace, you’ll be pretty chilly, even indoors! Your hair is affected by all of the heat. Sitting indoors all day can still be damaging to your hair in the winter, similar to how using a blow dryer every day can cause your hair to become dry and brittle, and thus, easier to break off. And to that point, limit your time under a blow dryer as much as possible during the winter. Blow dryers in general are damaging to your hair, especially in winter.

What To Do for Dryness

Now that you know a little bit about the damage various aspects of winter weather can do for your hair, it’s important to understand how to combat those effects. The most important strategy for fighting the winter elements is to use conditioner. But, don’t settle for any old conditioner from the grocery store. Find one that is rich, moisturizing, and thickening. Boston salon owner Marc Harris indicates that the conditioner should contain a few important ingredients, including essential fatty acids and humectants, because they moisturize effectively, and also attract moisture from the air throughout the day. Specifically, look for a conditioner with soy protein and panthenol.

Fighting Static Electricity

Static electricity also kicks into high gear during the winter. It can cause dryness, and make your hair look like a mess. You can use dryer sheets if you want (seriously), or opt for a boar bristle brush that has a wooden handle. This type of brush reduces static electricity.

Styling Tips

Depending on how you style your hair, you may want to consider a few adjustments in the winter. For example, consider a styling cream rather than a gel. Styling creams add more moisture to your hair to combat the dry air. They are also softer products, so your hair is less likely to break off. In general, avoid any hair care products that have alcohol, and avoid spraying fragrances on your hair, as the alcohol will make the hair dry and brittle.

Avoiding Hat Hair

Hat hair is something we all deal with in cold weather, though there are a few things you can do to help avoid looking like a clown when you take off your hat. Push your hair back, or push it against the way you want it to fall, when you put on the hat. This adds a bit of resistance to the hat having its way with your hair. Also, carry a small bottle of texturizer with you to quickly add body and style to your hair once you take off your hat.

Shampoo

Like conditioner, the shampoo you use has a direct impact on your hair health. According to celebrity and fashion stylist Jamal Hammadi, shampoos with the least amount of chemicals are best for your overall hair health. He also recommends shea butter to heal damaged hair and avoid damaging healthy hair.

Final Tips

There are a few other tips to keep in mind to maintain healthy hair during the winter, according to Longlocks.com. First, trim it often, especially long hair. That way, if you get a split end or the end of your hair gets damaged, you trim it off before it has a chance to spread up towards your scalp. Also, avoid showering in very hot water. The heat from the water will dry out your hair, especially when combined with the dry winter air.

Hair Care & Hair Loss Prevention

Hair loss can occur more rapidly during the winter, as hair is more susceptible to drying out and falling off your head. If you begin to experience hair loss, seek treatment to help regrow your hair and maintain a healthy head of hair, long after winter is gone. Avacor offers several products to help take care of your hair, including shampoos, conditioners, and hair growth products.

Stay warm, and take care of your hair this winter!

26Nov/120

Cyber Monday 2012 Special

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22Oct/120

Poor Diet and Hair Loss

Your diet is an important part of your overall physical, mental, and emotional health. However, the foods you eat can affect more than just your waistline; they can also cause temporary or permanent hair loss, or can help you maintain a healthy head of hair, depending on what you choose to include in your diet. "You are what you eat" applies to your hair, too!

Fruits and Vegetables

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Nutrients

Hair grows from follicles. Like other parts of your body, such as cells or organs, hair follicles function better with proper nutrients. And, like the rest of your body, the hair follicles receive those nutrients from food (among other sources). Specifically, hair follicles that are deficient of vitamins B5, B6, folate, and other B vitamins often do not produce hair as well or as frequently as they should, according to Livestrong. Aside from B vitamins, ensure you are getting recommended amounts of A, E, and C for a healthy scalp and hair. Fresh fruits and vegetables will provide these essential nutrients. A proper and well-balanced diet gives a sufficient amount of nutrients to your hair follicles, resulting in fuller and healthier hair. Hair follicles that are deprived of proper nutrients will not produce hair as often or as well as follicles that receive proper nutrients, thus leading to hair loss.

Calories

A poor diet may also be defined as one that produces too few or too many calories. Calories are used within your body to create energy, which is used throughout your body to perform a variety of tasks. If you are not giving your body enough calories, then vital tasks, such as breathing and body temperature regulation, will use most of the energy, leaving little left for secondary functions such as hair growth and production. Without the proper amount of energy, hair production will decrease.

Hair Health

Your diet affects more than just your body’s ability to produce healthy hair; it also plays a part in the health and longevity of your existing hair. Neglecting your body of a balanced diet can cause your existing hair to become thin, brittle, and weak, which can result in increased hair shedding and broken hairs. A poor diet can also make your hair dry, dull, and thin, whereas a well-balanced diet can give more volume and shine to your hair.

Lifestyle Changes

Changing your diet may require some daily changes to your lifestyle and eating habits, but these changes have many benefits beyond your hair. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day, and drink a lot of water throughout the day, to provide nutrients and hydration to your hair and body. These foods also help keep a healthy head of hair. You can also take a multivitamin to ensure you are getting the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients each day like in the Avacor® Nutricap. Also, exercise regularly to stimulate hair growth (though avoid tight hair ties or headbands, which can pull your hair out). Choosing to live a little healthier can help you look great, feel great, and enjoy your life much more than you might imagine.

24Sep/120

Beating Work Stress

Emotional stress is an everyday problem for millions of working adults worldwide. In a recent article on self inflicted hair loss, we mentioned the negative side effects of emotional stress on your hair. The graphic below points out some of signs of work stress and the positive things you can do to help relieve stress and help regrow hair.

Graphic by Betterworks.com

29Aug/120

Sports and Your Hair

The 2012 Summer Olympics are over, though the passion of sport lives on, from one season to the next. But are you aware of the various effects sports has on your hair? And no, we’re not talking about pulling out your hair when your team loses! Read on for some interesting findings on how sports can affect your hair.

Hats. Many sports require athletes to wear hats, while other sports leave it up to the athletes to decide. Baseball is the first that typically comes to mind. Golfers and tennis players also often wear hats. So, do the hats result in hair loss? According to Ask Men, the answer is no. if the hat is so tight that it cuts off circulation to hair follicles, or pulls hair off your head, then wearing a hat may lead to hair loss; but in general, as long as the hat fits well, it shouldn’t directly cause hair loss.

Helmets. Okay, so what about helmets, like football, hockey, or lacrosse helmets? Do they contribute to hair loss? According to Hair Loss Consult, the answer is still no. Helmets, like hats, do not directly lead to hair loss. However, Kenny Chesney begs to differ. The country music star insists that his hair loss issues stem from wearing football helmets when he played in high school, and recalls seeing hair in his helmet every time he took it off. It sounds like his helmet was pulling his hair out when he removed it each time, so make sure your helmet fits correctly and is not pulling out your hair.

Football Helmet

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Sweat. Sweat is common in almost every sport. You train, you play, you exercise…and you sweat. So does sweat lead to hair loss? According to the Short Hair Style website, and many other experts, the answer is yes. Excessive sweating, called hyperhydrosis, creates lactic acid, which will damage a hair strand’s outer protective layer. The hair thus loses volume and become brittle, and starts to fall off. So from this perspective, one can argue that hats and helmets do in fact lead to hair loss in some cases, albeit indirectly, as you sweat more when you have a hat or helmet on.

Of course, there are measures to take to prevent sweat from damaging your hair, or at least reduce the damage significantly. Washing your hair after workouts with a good shampoo product helps keep it clean and gets rid of sweat residue and lactic acid. Proper hair care is important for everyone, not just athletes.

Nutrition. One other thing to consider is the amount of exercise you do when you play sports, and supplementing the exercise with proper nutrition and hydration. According to Livestrong, over-exertion without proper nutrition can cause problems that create hair loss patterns. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals throughout the day to keep your body and hair healthy. The Livestrong also mentions that a healthy amount of exercise combined with proper nutrition and hydration can actually prevent hair loss, as the healthy lifestyle creates more circulation to stimulate hair follicles and your scalp.

In summary, playing sports can relieve stress and add an element of fun to your daily life, as well as improve circulation to your head, which can all help prevent hair loss. Just take care of your hair and body every day, stay healthy and safe, and enjoy yourself!

14Aug/120

All Natural Hair Care Tips

We are becoming more aware of the chemicals in things we eat and drink. We should also consider the chemicals we put on our skin, hair, and body as well. Our skin is the body's largest organ, the scalp included. Everyday we absorb chemicals through our skin that are potentially harmful. Do we really know what is in the products that we are using? It is important to take a look at the product’s ingredients, and also the benefits of using all natural products.

Check the Bottle

I think all of us have read the back of a shampoo bottle before. Do we know what any of these ingredients are? Some of these ingredients contain carcinogens, but are using a “safe” amount, or not. This article also has information on sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and a couple of other common ingredients found in most shampoos. Most commercial products contain SLS, which strips the hair of essential oils and nutrients.

Go Green with Natural Hair Care

Going green is a trend and a conscious decision. By using all natural products we are helping the environment and also helping our bodies. It may take some time for the hair to get used to and transition back to its natural state. In time your hair will become healthier, and you will see the benefits in many ways. The buildup of chemicals, and plastics, and carcinogens will take some time to get out of the hair, but when it does it will feel cleaner, softer, and healthier. It will seem strange to have the hair go back to its natural state, and what we are used to. The norm for clean, or how the hair behaves may not be exactly what we are used to.

DIY All Natural Ideas

Buying products that are green, organic, or all natural is what is best. Sometimes these items can be expensive, or contain ingredients that can be made at home. Who isn’t about saving some money these days, and making our own new products. Try washing your body with an all natural soap, or making soap yourself. Different oils and mixtures can replenish lost moisture in the skin. Using herbs from the earth is a healing element that is beneficial for the hair, body, and mind. Try researching different solutions and see what works best.

Find What Works for You

There are a lot of natural products on the market. Each has its own benefits, and it is important to research what is best. Avacor® has an all natural hair product, Nutricap, that promotes overall health, strength, that contains herbs, vitamins, and other organic extracts. Well maintained hair and scalp leads to greater health of hair follicles. If experiencing any hair loss, the Nutricap and Avacor Physicians Formulation® are recommended together to help maintain and regrow hair. Take the time to research ingredients, benefits, and product reviews. A little time, a change, and some new products will make a world of a difference for your hair and your life.

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8Aug/120

Telogen Effluvium

A number of different hair and scalp disorders and conditions exist that affect your ability to grow a healthy head of hair. Some conditions are inherited, while others are caused by a variety of factors, including hair and head maintenance, stress, medications, or hormonal levels.

Telogen Effluvium is a scalp condition that happens when hair follicles prematurely enter the telogen phase of the hair follicle growth cycle. The telogen phase is the third of the three major phases in the hair follicle growth cycle. During this phase, the hair remains attached to the follicle but does not grow. It essentially rests within the follicle until the end of the phase, at which point the hair naturally sheds or falls out.

Telogen Effluvium

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The word “effluvium” means “outflow,” so the condition’s name refers to an outflow of hair that occurs following the telogen phase.

All three phases of the hair regrowth cycle are important to growing hair on your head. However, if hair follicles enter the telogen phase early, it can result in shedding or hair loss that occurs at a more rapid rate than hair growth. As such, telogen effluvium typically results in hair thinning or shedding.

Telogen effluvium can occur for a number of reasons. Metabolic or hormonal stress, hormonal shifts, or medication can all lead to the onset of telogen effluvium. Emotional or physical stress, or stressful events in life, can also cause this scalp condition. Telogen effluvium can also occur in conjunction with giving birth, eating disorders, major surgery, anemia, fever, chronic illness, crash diets, emotional disorders, drugs, or hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not function properly.

To diagnose telogen effluvium, a doctor may perform a biopsy, trichogram, or trichoscopy, which is a hair and scalp evaluation.

Temporary telogen effluvium often is over within 6 months. However, longer term conditions are possible, and in some cases, can lead to permanent hair thinning or hair loss.

According to WebMD, telogen effluvium is the second most common type of hair loss seen by dermatologists. At any given time, a healthy head of hair has between 80 and 90 percent of its hair follicles growing or producing hair. That means the other 10 or 20 percent are resting or shedding (in the telogen phase). However, when an increased amount of hair follicles are in the telogen phase, telogen effluvium is usually the reason.

In most cases, people with telogen effluvium do not lose all of their hair, though the hair thinning or hair loss can be significant, and can happen quickly. If your hair does not grow back, or if you wish to help regrow a full and healthy head of hair, consider beginning treatment with Avacor® hair regrowth products. Avacor Physicians Formulation® is designed for both men and women, and is an FDA-Approved product proven to help regrow hair in as little as 2 months. Avacor® All Natural Nutricaps are a completely natural product that improve and maintain hair follicle health using organic ingredients. Healthy hair follicles and a well-maintained scalp can help avoid the onset of telogen effluvium.

2Aug/120

20 Hair Resources for Men

Below are 20 men's hair resources hand picked by our staff. You'll find a mix of websites, blogs and social media all bringing you the latest and greatest on men's hair, style and fashion.

hommeSTYLER is a menswear, style, hair and grooming blog that covers men's fashion commentary, style advice, menswear trends and grooming for the modern man. It features the latest news on men's fashion, runway shows, editorials and street style.

Balding Blog is a daily journal written by doctors about hair loss and treatments. You can ask a question or read about the personal experiences and opinions posted by these professionals. This site is meant to educate about hair loss and news.

American Hair Loss Association - Videos, research, and articles on hair loss. Children, men, women, new studies on hair loss gene. Thyroid, nutrition, hair transplant trials to name a few topics discussed. Product and ingredient studies. Education and research forums.

Israel21c is a middle east blog on health, style and culture with an international appeal.

HairLoss.com on Twitter - Hair loss information, conditions, and solutions. Posts about alopecia, male pattern baldness, hair extensions, treatments, costs and everything in between.

Battle Against Bald - Men battling hair loss and their success stories. Interesting articles and videos on success stories of hair transplants.

Hair Loss Haven - Established in 2005 as a resource for people dealing with hair loss. Reviews, blog, resources, news, charity news, and promotions.

The Urban Gentleman (Hair) - Urban trends, articles, photos, information on latest tips, grooming techniques, balding and hairstyles. Healthy eating and healthy hair information.

Esquire (Men's Fashion) - A style blog and and online resource for men. Blogs and articles on men’s health, hair and fashion.

Balding Blog on Twitter - Doctors discussing different hair treatment options. World class hair restoration forum.

WebMd (Hair loss health center) - Resources and treatments for men and women. Hair loss information.

The American Hair Loss Association is dedicated to educating and improving the lives of anyone involved in hair loss. Creating public awareness and bringing attention to the subject in the news, media, and society as a whole. Publications, resources, and organizations. Discusses science of hair loss, different types of loss, treatments, and research.

MedicineNet - Hair loss prevention, loss, and treatment options. Discusses, and viewers share the different types of hair loss and their experiences with treatments and products.

Men's Hair Blog (Facebook page) - Anything and everything men’s hair related!

Men's Health - Great website and online magazine about men’s health, style, fitness, and nutrition. All the latest research on men’s hair loss. Talks about the science and battle against genetic hair loss.

Health Tips A2Z - Health and hair. Talk about all different health and body related issues. Follow to learn about different health and hair problems and to learn about different tips and solutions!

Be Stylish! - How to be stylish! Whether it be clothes, shoes, or hair, you can find it here. Different topics and advice such as how to get a haircut if you are balding, and summer fashion trends.

Ask Men (fashion) - A great website on everything men. Fashion and style trends. Grooming and product reviews. Accessory and clothing advice and trials.

Hair Tips on Twitter - Talk of different hair loss. Personal trials and errors. Product reviews.

About Men's Hair - Information about everything men’s hair by Dave Alexander. Discussions about styles, grooming, products, trends, and reviews.

26Jul/120

Propecia Side Effects May Be Permanent

It has been known for many years that taking Propecia to treat hair loss can cause a variety of sexual side effects, including loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and reduced sperm count, as well as other side effects like depression. However, a recent Good Morning America report concludes that sometimes, these side effects continue long after men stop taking Propecia. In some cases, the side effects are permanent.

The report introduces a man who began taking Propecia in his late 20s to combat his hair loss. He said he planned on taking the drug for less than a year, starting in May 2011. Just a few months later in October, he said he had lost his sex drive completely and was impotent. He had also experienced shrinking genitals and a constant mental fog, so his doctor advised him to stop taking Propecia, which he did.

However, nothing changed after he stopped taking Propecia. In fact, the side effects continued to get worse and more severe.

Recent Studies

A study by Dr. Michael Irwig and George Washington University among men under 40 who had taken Propecia for various periods of time indicates that 96% of the men interviewed had experienced continued side effects for over a year after stopping Propecia treatment. Dr. Irwig, cited in the Good Morning America story, expressed his concerns that these side effects may even be permanent for some men.

Unfortunately, the side effects are not just sexual. The man interviewed for the Good Morning America story also reported long-lasting mental and emotional side effects that caused his fiancé to end their engagement and resulted in him losing his job. He talked about how significantly his mental and emotional state has changed since taking Propecia. Before taking the drug, he was active at home, work, and at the gym, but now, after taking and then stopping Propecia treatment, he has a hard time motivating himself to do much of anything. Another man in his late 20s reported anxiety and depression after taking the drug for just four months, and the symptoms worsened after he stopped Propecia treatment. In some cases, the neurological side effects of Propecia can be more harmful than the sexual side effects.

Both men interviewed in the story have joined several others in a class action lawsuit against the drug company that originally developed Propecia.

Know the Risks

If you are taking Propecia, or are considering treatment, you should think twice about whether the risks involved are worth it. While most men do not experience long term side effects, thousands of men around the world will experience these symptoms as a result of taking the drug, so you are putting your mental and physical health at risk.

It's well known that over production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) leads to hair loss. Propecia is a DHT inhibitor and thus has proven itself to be a treatment for hair loss. However, Propecia has also shown that it may inhibit DHT so much so that it can change a man's behavior.

As an alternative to treat and reverse hair loss, consider the Avacor® All Natural Nutricap, offering a way to combat hair loss and maintain healthy hair completely naturally. This product contains only natural herbs, vitamins, and organic extracts. You can also begin treatment with Avacor Physicians Formulation®, an FDA-Approved hair loss treatment containing Minoxidil, which does not use Propecia or Finasteride (another name for Propecia) as an ingredient.