Dealing with Baldness and Acne
By Jay Campbell
October 18th, 2018
Baldness, otherwise known as ‘male pattern baldness’ (MPB), is genetic. However, using Testosterone Optimization Therapy (TOT) can exacerbate or speed up hair loss via testosterone converting into dihydrotestosterone (DHT.) The idea of losing hair is tough to deal with for many men, but we believe that accepting symptoms of low testosterone to retain a receding or thinning hairline doesn’t make sense. Many men agree that it is better to enjoy the benefits of TOT and manage hair loss rather than give it up to retain your hair. Even though the principal androgen (hormone) secreted by the testes is testosterone, the main testosterone signal comes from dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is responsible for sending this signal to your brain, central nervous system, skin and the genitals – practically everything in your body but your muscles. DHT is also mostly responsible for male pattern baldness and can cause benign (harmless) growth of the prostate, increased oiliness of the skin, and acne.
Preventing Hair from Thinning
There are numerous medications men take to avoid thinning hair from receding entirely. The most popular is Propecia, also known as Proscar. The active ingredient in Propecia is Finasteride, which is a 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) inhibitor. It works by blocking the enzymes that naturally convert testosterone into DHT. There are several problems with 5AR inhibitors. Not only do they inhibit the testosterone molecule itself (effectively blocking many of the positive effects of TOT,) but they also reduce libido (sex drive,) weaken the strength of your erections and reduce your fertility by lowering your motile sperm count. What kind of man wants to lose erectile power in the middle of sex? If your hair is that important to you, we recommend you try a topical application to affect the hair at its root directly.
There are exciting new developments regarding hair transplants, such as ‘Hair Cloning.’ Some men report very nasty side effects from the usage of Finasteride. Post-Finasteride Syndrome (PFS) describes persistent sexual, neurological, and physical adverse reactions in patients who have taken finasteride. Unfortunately, PFS is a condition with no known cure and few, if any, effective treatments. As more and more men continue to report these side effects to health and regulatory agencies worldwide, medical and scientific communities are only beginning to realize the scope of the problem.
DHT is also known to have adverse effects on the skin and hair follicles. DHT increases the production of oil in the skin’s sebaceous glands, which often leads to bouts of acne. For those men who were prone to incidences of acne in their teen years, testosterone can cause flare-ups on their backs and shoulders later on. It’s also important to understand that diet is often the source of acne. Eating a diet high in essential fatty acids (EFA’s), along with reducing refined and processed food consumption, can make a big difference in clearing up the oily skin that leads to acne.
There is also a genetic component to acne, and some men may do well by consulting a dermatologist for severe issues. To find out much more about Testosterone and its role in helping us achieve optimal mental health and physical performance, purchase The TOT Bible.