Hair thinning and hair loss isn’t a problem exclusive for men in the Philippines and beyond. Women also suffer from it and it is uncommon. Hair thinning and patches aren’t as noticeable in women since a change in hairdo can make the hair look fuller, but that’s not to say that women don’t need any hair loss treatment.
It’s hard to keep hiding thinning hair and bald patches so it’ll need care sooner to better your chances in treating hair loss. There’s no need to fear if you understand how it works and how its effects can be reversed by a wide variety of hair loss treatments. Fortunately, these treatments are available in the Philippines, and you can also get professional help from the best surgeons like at Asian Hair Restoration Center if you want faster and visible results.
Female Pattern Hair Loss
As discussed in an interview conducted by WebMD with Mary Gail Mercurio, MD, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester, female pattern hair loss is also referred to as androgenic alopecia. It’s a form of hair loss in women that comes from a strong genetic component that can be inherited from the mother or father. It can start as early as the late teenage year and the earlier it starts, the more severe the hair loss can tend to be.
Its difference with male pattern hair loss is that there would be no receding hairline or a bald spot on top of the scalp. Instead, there would be visible thinning over the crown. Hairs are miniaturized since they undergo a shortened growth cycle and don’t achieve their usual length. The usual signs of female pattern hair loss would be a widened parting of the hair and a smaller clump of ponytail.
In some cases, hair loss can be the sign of a more serious problem like hyperandrogenism. It’s a medical condition characterized by excessive male hormone production (androgens) which also causes hair loss.
Treating Female Pattern Hair Loss
There are some hair loss treatments you could try before opting for hair surgery. Most of the treatments you’ll see can be bought in select stores around the Philippines and in online shops.
According to WebMD, the efficacy of these treatments may vary from person to person, but women have found out that using these treatments had a positive effect on their hair and self-esteem.
Some of the treatments are:
This is widely available in generic versions under the brand name Rogaine. This was first introduced as a tablet medicine to treat high blood pressure. It was noticed that patients being treated with minoxidil developed excessive hair growth as a side effect. Upon further research, it showed that if minoxidil is applied to the scalp topically, it could also stimulate hair growth.
Minoxidil seems to be more effective for women suffering from diffuse androgenic alopecia and it’s safe to apply on skin since the amount absorbed into the bloodstream is too small to cause internal side effects.
It’s recommended to use the 2% concentration of minoxidil to ensure safety. 5% concentration is much more effective in hair growth but it could only be used under a physician’s supervision.
Also known under the brand names Propecia or Proscar. It inhibits the production of DHT and it works well for most men, and may also work for some women. Do not take it if you’re pregnant because there are birth defect risks. Sexual side effects may happen in men when taking finasteride, but the same side effects don’t affect women.
Also known for its brand name Aldactone. It’s a potassium-sparing diuretic drug (water pills) which is typically used to reduce fluid in your body without losing potassium. It acts as an anti-androgen by slowing down the production of androgens in the adrenal glands and ovaries, and it blocks the action of the androgens by preventing dihydrotosterone (DHT) from binding to its androgenic receptor.
It’s also known for its brand name Tagamet. This is a histamine blocking drug used mainly as a treatment for gastrointestinal ulcers. It prevents the production of excess stomach acids which allows the healing of the ulcer. It also blocks DHT from binding the follicle receptor sites.
Estrogen and Progesterone
Pills and creams may be an effective treatment for women affected by androgenic alopecia. Especially for those who are undergoing menopause or lacking estrogen and progesterone.
There are more treatments out there, some can’t be availed readily and will require a prescription and professional supervision, so don’t try buying any treatments from illegitimate sources for your safety.
Caring for Your Hair
Even when you’re suffering from androgenic alopecia and undergoing treatment, you should continue your regular hair care and styling regimen. You can still wash, color, and even perm your hair without worrying that these actions would speed up the hair loss process. It’s recommended you wash with an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains ketoconazole or zinc pyrthione.
Remember, when buying hair loss treatments online or in stores around the Philippines, never buy treatment products from an unknown source especially if a prescription is needed. Even when desperate, don’t let it get the best of you because it will yield disastrous results.
It’s always a wise decision to consult with your dermatologist and then apply the necessary hair loss treatment as prescribed.