For men who have inherited the genetic trait of becoming bald, hair fall can be the prelude of things to come. While all of us experience hair fall with no more than a hundred per day being normal, but for those that lose more than that, it can definitely be an alarming site. The reason why you lose your hair when you have the genetic trait of androgenic alopecia is because your hair follicles are no longer able to support not just hair growth, but the overall hair itself as well. This occurs due to the gradual thinning of the hair follicle until at some point that it has become very weak and entered its telogen phase, it’s sleeping phase.
Loss of hair is not instantaneous or occurs simultaneously, but more of gradual and following a pattern, hence, the term male pattern baldness. The pattern usually starts with the receding of hair line from the temples and forehead. In many cases, loss of hair from the top of the head with most occurring at the swirl is also experienced. In time, the loss of hair progresses further up to a point that both balding areas meet.
These days, advanced pharmaceutics and research in hair care has spawned a multitude of hair care and hair growth products. Many of these come in cream, ointment, spray, shampoo, or solution form and are applied topically. While these products are usually effective in what they do, even helping to accelerate hair growth, they cannot really help in treating hair loss conditions caused by androgenic alopecia. This is because many of these topical hair growth products just attempt to slow down, by a certain degree, the balding process. In essence, it is like spraying water to a fire that has a fuel source. However, cutting down that fuel source or oxygen supply will extinguish the flame. This is actually where finasteride generic comes in because it basically does just that – treat the source of the condition and not simply just the hair loss itself.
Finasteride generic comes in pill form and is the only medication intended for treating androgenic alopecia. What makes finasteride generic very effective is because it treats the condition at the hormonal level, not like other hair growth and hair loss treatment products that only treats the condition at scalp level. There are three key elements needed for male pattern baldness to occur – genetics, age, and hormone. The first two are uncontrollable elements. The latter, however, can somehow be manipulated or suppressed.
Male pattern baldness occurs due to the thinning of hair follicles which is caused by the hormone dihydrotestosterone. What finasteride generic does is that it limits the production of this hormone to basically stop the overall balding condition. Dihydrotestosterone is actually just a byproduct of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase and the hormone testosterone. Since finasteride generic is by nature a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, it essentially limits or stops the occurrence of dihydrotestosterone. Although the nickname ‘hair growth pill’ has been given by some to finasteride generic, the truth is, finasteride generic is more like a hair loss killer and that hair growth simply happens later on.