What is DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)? - Should You Block it?

Posted by William Gaunitz on Mon, Dec 09, 2019 @ 02:49 PM
Should You Block DHT?

There is a general misconception surrounding DHT

DHT, What is DHT which leads most people to think that it is simply a negative androgen byproduct which sole purpose is to increase prostate size and make your hair fall out.


But is this really true or is there more to it? Is it absolutely necessary to eliminate DHT from your body or would it be more prudent to reduce its levels and keep them under control?


Let’s start by clarifying what DHT is, and by explaining why in fact it might be better to merely reduce its levels and keep an eye on them.


What is DHT

 DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is an androgen hormone produced in the primary reproductive organs of both men (testes) and women (ovaries). As well as secreting hormones like the androgen hormones, the testes also produce sperm while the ovaries are also occupied in the production of egg cells.

Androgen hormones are male sex hormones that primarily influence the growth and development of the male reproductive system. They are responsible for the biological characteristics of males, including increased muscle mass, a deeper voice and body hair.

Testosterone is the primary androgen secreted by the testes and acts as a precursor (a prohormone) in everything that is not muscle, particularly in the brain, skin and genitals. It is converted to the active androgen DHT by the action of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase (5-AR) and is mainly formed in the prostate gland, testes, adrenal glands and hair follicles.

Why is DHT important 

Each day almost 10% of the testosterone produced is converted to DHT by different parts of the body for example the skin, the scalp, as well as the testes and the prostate in men and the ovaries in women. 

DHT is responsible for the start of puberty in boys, causing the developments of male genitals: penis, testes, and scrotum as well as the growth of body and pubic hairs. It also causes the prostate to grow and, combined with testosterone, is thought to cause the expression of male sexual behaviors. 

It basically makes a man, a man - male, assertive and dominant. 

In females, it is thought to help determine the age at which girls begin puberty, as well as being responsible for the growth of body and pubic hairs in this phase of womens lives.


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DHT and Hair Loss 

For the most part DHT is essential to the process of hair growth, but when you are predisposed to androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss) it is detrimental, particularly to hair growth in the scalp.

5-alpha-reductase (5-AR) is the enzyme that converts testosterone into the much more potent androgen, DHT.


There are two versions of 5-AR:

  •  Type 1: predominantly found in sebaceous glands that produce sebum, the skin's natural lubricant.
  •  Type 2: mostly sits within the genitourinary tract and hair follicles.


Type 2 is the one considered most important in the process of hair loss because if 5-AR levels in the scalp increase because of male or female pattern hair loss, more testosterone will be converted into DHT, resulting in even greater loss.

Though most people are not affected by DHT in the scalp, those who are genetically predisposed to baldness are quite sensitive to DHT. When DHT attaches itself to the receptor cells of hair follicles, it prevents them from receiving much needed nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals. The absence of these vital substances causes the follicles to shrink, restricting their ability to produce hair growth. As a consequence the hair will start thinning until eventually it stops emerging all together.




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Minoxidil Once Daily Topicals to enhance Laser Hair Therapy

Posted by William Gaunitz on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

Laser Hair Therapy can be greatly enhanced with use of  5% Minoxidil compounded with natural topical anti-inflammatories.

Female under the ER610 LaserDue to Minoxidil’s vasodilatation properties, it can perfect enhancement to Low Level Laser Therapy. Minoxidil is responsible for expanding and reinforcing blood vessels and capillaries that feed the hair follicle. When increased nutrients from the blood are feeding the scalp, the treated hair follicles are forced into the growth phase of the hair cycle and lead to longer fuller hair. This will create a minor increase in hair density and will act as a substantially better starting point for laser hair treatments.

When the hair follicle is already in the growth phase, laser hair therapy will able to add its benefits on top of the benefits from Minoxidil. This actually creates a multiplying effect to each product so that you can get up to 4 times the result of using laser or Minoxidil alone.

Low level laser therapy for hair growth also increases blood flow to the scalp and accelerates cell regeneration. When used in conjunction with Minoxidil, these actions strengthen the entire vascular system of the scalp. Capillaries are expanded with Minoxidil and strengthened and expanded further with laser.

Other topical ingredients further enhance treatment for male and female pattern hair loss suffers. These following ingredients can improve results by another multiplier because it removed some of the other reason for hair loss

Azelaic Acid-is useful as a hair growth stimulant. A research report by Stamatiadis in 1988 suggested that azelaic acid (and combinations of it, with zinc ion and vitamin B6) was a strong DHT inhibitor. Di-hydro-testosterone or DHT has been found to be the cause of male and female pattern hair loss.

Retinoic Acid- also called tretinoin, is the acidified form of vitamin A. Retinoic acid is used to remove fine skin wrinkles and roughness. It works as a natural chemical peel, enabling better penetration of minoxidil into the scalp and speeding the cell regeneration process.

Caffeinated Green Tea Extract- Green tea contains high levels of substances called catechin polyphenols, known to possess strong antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antitumorigenic, and even antibiotic properties. Recent study results have found that caffeine in topical formulas helps to regulate the effects of testosterone levels. [1]

Licorice Root Extract- Licorice is used to treat general skin problems. It is known to be healing and soothing to dry and irritated skin. It is particularly used as a facial oil for acne to expedite healing. Licorice root is also another herb that prevents hair loss and further damage to the hair.

B5- is the only vitamin (Vitamin B5) known to penetrate the hair shaft. It has historically been used to build healthy follicles and reduce graying.

Aloe- Aloe Vera Gel is rich in mucupolysaccharides which provide a natural and anti-inflammatory effect.

Use our recommended Low Level Laser Therapy enhancing topical treatment:

PM Formula - Minoxidil with Vitamin A

PMb Formula - Minoxidil with Azelaic Acid


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1. http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Formulation-Science/Study-claims-caffeine-slows-baldness

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Hair Loss Product Spotlight: DHT Blocker with Probiotics

Posted by Robert Beale on Tue, Sep 28, 2010 @ 04:27 PM

This month we are featuring the "new" DHT Blocker with Immune Support by Advanced Trichology. This DHT Blocker Nutratcuetical is the first formula to combine DHT reducing quality nutritionals with prebiotics, probiotics, anti-inflammatory and anti-macrobial supplementation.  The supplement is recommended for progressive hair growth, immuno-support, and maximum nutrient transfer to external cells.  DHT_Blocker_Hero_Front_AMAZON.jpg


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