Hair Loss linked to DHT (dihydrotestosterone, a hormone which 'attaches' to the hair follicles and 'weakens'), the most common form of hair loss for men and women, can be resolved by a few products and treatments. The most commonly known is Minoxidil; this, by itself, can deliver some results but it must often be used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments, such as Cyproterone Acetate and Progesterone.
Spironolactone is unduly a potent anti-androgen and, occasionally, it is still prescribed orally against female hirsutism or serious acne problems; however, since it may potentially have serious side-effects, it is strictly recommended against hair loss.
However, these days you can take this potent anti-androgen ingredient in topical form (applied directly to the scalp); there are several products nowdays which contain this active ingredient (usually in 5% concentration) and nobody really knows how much Spironolactone your whole body will absorb if only applied to your scalp (common thinking about this is that it's really minimal); If you talk to your doctor about it, or your dermatologist, you may both conclude that using this ingredient topically may be the a viable solution for your hair loss.
What is topical Spironolactone and how does it work?
Simply put, it's an ingredient which blocks DHT (the 'horrible' hormone attacking hair follicles and causing hair loss) from 'attaching' to the hair follicles receptors, thus 'disabling' its action. In case you wonder, it does not work in the same way as oral Propecia does, since the latter inhibits for formation of DHT in the first place; some people are there choosing to combine oral Propecia with topical Spironolactone for maximum effect. Since Propecia is not prescribed to women of child-bearing age, and some men opt out of Propecia altogether, this topical alternative may be an option in these cases.
How do you apply topical Spironolactone to your scalp?
If the product is liquid and comes with an applicator, just follow the instructions; it probably requires you to put a drop every half an inch (or even every inch) of the affected area, possibly massaging it onto the scalp; if it's a cream you'll probably have to dab a small amount each time on your fingertip and massage it onto your scalp, making sure it reaches your scalp rather than being wasted on the hair itself. The product will then be absorbed into the scalp an inch in every direction.
Source by E. Jules Gibsons