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Which hair growth products work and which ones should be left behind

Hair growth products have exceeded $4 billion USD a year in sales from both men and woman anxious to deal with either thinning or hair balding issues. The loss of hair can be devastating for men, while thinning hair can have the same emotional impact on women.

There are numerous reasons why men and women loose their hair. The reasons range from stress and trauma to poor diet, chemical hair treatments, thyroid problems and autoimmune diseases, however, the most common reasons are usually genetic.

In men, androgen hormones are responsible for male hair loss, while in women, the same hormone is thought involved, but the scientific jury is still out on that.

If you are someone who has tried or is thinking of trying hair growth products, this is for you. Things you can try that have not proven really successful include vitamin B (biotin) supplements marketed for hair growth. There has yet to be a successful study showing that biotin offsets hair loss.

Things that have yielded some positive results are low light or low level laser therapy. These therapies come in the form of caps and headbands that are said to stimulate hair follicles, which is possible since laser treatments can stimulate hair growth. This could be an option.

Another option with a range of positive results is hair shampoo. Minoxidil, also known as Rogaine, is an over-the-counter hair loss medication approved by the FDA that has been shown to stimulate hair growth.

A prescription option that is known to help is finasteride. Taken as a pill, finasteride stops the body from making the hormone that is causing baldness. It’s been shown to produce favorable results in 90 percent of men by slowing or stopping hair loss. Some men have also reported hair growth. It’s important to note that taking finasteride can cause erectile dysfunction.

For men and women who experience sudden hair loss, a doctor should be consulted since it could be a medical condition such as an illness.

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