The History of Hair Loss Treatments

Back in the old days (pre-1980's), men tried to hide their bald spots in several creative ways. Parting the hair right above the ear and combing hair over a bald head wasn't the most attractive way to hide hair loss, but men around the world used this method, and they felt relatively good about that look.

Hair pieces and transplants became the craze in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Those hair loss treatments weren't undetectable by anyone's standards, but millions of dollars were spent on them, and a new hair loss industry developed from those antiquated methods. Hair pieces and hair weavings got a little better over the years, and surgical transplants changed a little for the better, but trying to replace a full head of hair was a very expensive undertaking when medical transplants were the choice.

The pharmaceutical companies finally had a breakthrough in the 1980s when Minoxidil was introduced as the best hair replacement product on the market. Once researchers figured out that hair loss was a genetic condition as well as chemical imbalance it was just a matter of time before a pharmaceutical product was created to alter the genetic predisposition for hair loss.

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The breakthrough came when researchers discovered that the hormone testosterone was being converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by an enzyme called 5 Alpha-Reductase (5AR) in some men. DHT attaches itself to the androgen receptors in the scalp and it shrinks the hair follicle. Once hair follicles shrink they can't grow hair, and the hair growing cycle is disrupted.

Merck discovered that their drug Proscar, which was a prostate gland reducer, could stimulate hair growth as well as reduce the size of the prostate gland in men. The company changed the drug's name, and marketed the drug as Propecia for men.

Propecia was the first prescription drug to treat male pattern baldness effectively. The reason for the drug's success was its ability to block 5AR before it attached itself to receptors. By blocking 5 Alpha-Reductase the amount of dihydrotestosterone decreased so more hair follicles stayed in the normal growth cycle.

Even though Propecia has helped men with hair loss issues there are some negatives associated with its daily use.

Natural Hair Loss Treatments

As an alternative to prescription medications, Procerin for men was developed by Speedwinds Nutrition, Inc. Procerin contains all natural herbs, minerals, and vitamins that can block DHT production. Procerin is a two part system, consisting of an oral supplement and topical foam.

The tablets go to work internally and the topical foam cleans the scalp as well as the hair follicles to assist in hair growth. When Procerin is used twice a day the hair follicles can regenerate and return to the normal growth cycle. Procerin is a clinically proven hair loss solution and will work for most me, particularly when used a preventative measure.

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