Steroids and Hair Loss
Hair loss experts and physicians believe that male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia is caused by dihydrotestosterone or DHT and other hormonal factors. Hair loss occurs when DHT gets attached to hair follicles that are not genetically prepared and modified to withstand high levels of DHT. This weakens and destroys the affected hair follicles leading to hair loss. Only people who are genetically prone to hair loss will experience hair loss caused by steroids. This means individuals who are not prone to male pattern baldness should not be worried about hair loss when on a steroid cycle.
Steroids that cause hair loss
There are some steroids that are known for causing and accelerating hair loss in men. Androgenic compounds usually cause DHT side effects which include accelerated genetic male pattern baldness. Steroids with androgenic compounds should be avoided especially if you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness and concerned about hair loss. Most common steroids are DHT based implying they have a possibility of causing genetic hair loss. Steroids with higher androgenic rating have higher possibility of causing hair loss than those with a lower rating.
Steroids with high possibility of causing hair loss include Trenbolone, Winstrol (Stanozol), Anavar (Oxandrolone), Anadrol (Oxymetholone), Proviron (Mesterolone), Masteron, Primobolan (Methenolone), Masteron and Trenbolone. There are other steroids that are less likely to cause hair loss. They include Boldenone (Equipoise), Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanote), Turinabol, Nandrone Phenyl-propionate (NPP) and Testosterone.
Why do steroids lead to hair loss is some individuals?
Physical activities and weight lifting doesn’t cause or accelerate hair loss. All-natural exercises enhance blood circulation which keeps the scalp and hair in prime condition. Bodybuilding steroids have been linked to baldness for a long time by hair loss experts. The science behind this is simple and it tries to explain the relation between steroids, DHT and hair loss. Most steroids optimize and utilize natural levels of testosterone to create DHT. Steroids increase the levels of androgens in the body which implies production of more DHT. Subsequently, a cycle of accumulation of DHT begins which speeds up hair loss, particularly in men with pre-existing condition of genetic hair loss.
Preventing steroid related hair loss
Steroid users need to lower the existing levels of DHT circulating in the body to prevent steroids-related hair loss. There are many treatment options that you may use to block DHT from attaching to hair follicles prone to prevent hair loss. However, this is tricky for steroid users because their DHT levels are usually very high during the steroid cycles. Some of the treatments that you may use to control this effect include Minoxidil, Proscar, N2Shampoo, Azelex, Dutasteride and Finasteride.
Knowing the possible side effects of steroids in your cycle is very important. It is good to understand the problems that may arise and the available treatment methods. It is appropriate to take extra care when opting for any steroid, especially if you are concerned about hair loss. Always proceed with caution and be ready to search widely before using any steroid in for your cycle.