Which DHT blockers are there?
There are two main licensed treatments for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness, Finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Regaine).
Finasteride (Propecia) is a tablet that you take every day. It’s thought to work by stopping testosterone, being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
There have been studies that have indicated that using finasteride increases the number of hairs as well as improving the appearance of your existing hair.
Propecia isn’t a quick fix - it can take from three to six months before you’ll see any effect from using it and it has to be taken every day. You’ll need to use it long term too, because if you stop using it, the balding process tends to start again within six months to a year.
Regaine is the name of a minoxidil based lotion that you rub into your scalp every day. It’s available without prescription from pharmacies. Although it’s not clear exactly how it works, it does seem to help hair regrowth in some men.
Regaine is available as a lotion or foam, and in two different strength products. Minoxidil based hair loss products usually contain either 5% or 2% minoxidil.
Regaine is another long term treatment option, and you’ll need to use it every day for several months before you notice any effects on your hair regrowth. Like Propecia tablets, if you stop using the lotion, your balding will start again after a while. Not only that, but any new hairs that have grown since treatment was started are likely to fall out within a couple of months of you stopping using the lotion.