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¿Qué es DHT y por qué es importante?

La dihidrotestosterona (DHT) es una poderosa hormona androgénica responsable de cambios como el crecimiento de la barba, el crecimiento del vello corporal y el crecimiento de las nalgas. Una porción de su testosterona se convierte en DHT y circula en su sangre para su uso. Puede unirse a los receptores de andrógenos, como los receptores en los folículos pilosos faciales no desarrollados para crear y espesar el vello de la barba. DHT es generalmente responsable de muchos de los cambios que las personas pueden buscar al comenzar con la testosterona.

La DHT es necesaria para el crecimiento facial, corporal y glúteos. Si estas son las características que busca, entonces querrá evitar inhibir la DHT. Muchos productos en el mercado contienen bloqueadores de DHT, incluso la mayoría de los productos para la barba. Lo cual, por supuesto, no tiene sentido desde un punto de vista científico.

Tenga la seguridad de que los productos para barba DR DHT contienen ingredientes y proporciones seguros para DHT, por lo que no afectarán negativamente la progresión de su vello facial.

¿Cómo puedo optimizar mis niveles de DHT para el crecimiento del vello facial o corporal?

1.Asegúrese de que sus niveles de T estén constantemente dentro del rango. Tendrás que consultar con tu médico para conocer tus niveles. Generalmente 300-900ng/dL está dentro del rango. También en términos generales, cuanto mayor sea la T, mayores serán los niveles de DHT. Estar en el extremo superior de ese rango podría ayudar a optimizar su nivel de DHT en la sangre.

2.  Evite usar regularmente productos que contengan bloqueadores de DHT (especialmente productos que no se aclaran), particularmente en la región de la cara/barba, o medicamentos orales para todo el sistema.

Tengo una lista de ingredientes bloqueadores de DHT comunes, puede consultarlaaquí. 

Los bloqueadores comunes de DHT incluyen aceite de coco, laurilsulfato de sodio, ácido salicílico y finasterida (medicina oral).

Si se usan con regularidad, pueden impedir la progresión del vello facial. Muchos de estos ingredientes pueden ser excelentes para el vello de la cabeza, pero es todo lo contrario cuando se trata de obtener vello facial/corporal (vello androgénico). 

3.Es posible que este consejo no cambie el nivel de DHT, sin embargo, ayuda a circular más DHT a través de la capa subcutánea de la cara para tener más posibilidades de que se una a los receptores de andrógenos y cree cabello.

Estimulación del flujo sanguíneo! Hay varias maneras de hacer esto.

Primero, miAceite para barbaestimula naturalmente el flujo de sangre en la capa de piel de la cara. Esto es necesario porque los pelos requieren una buena fuente de sangre para volverse independientes y gruesos. También circula naturalmente más DHT a través de las áreas.

En segundo lugar, el uso de un rodillo derma (debe ser de 0,5 mm) también duplica la estimulación del flujo sanguíneo para ayudar a establecer el vello, y se puede usar junto con el Beard Grower Oil, también ayuda a que el aceite se absorba aún mejor. Haga esto 2-3 veces a la semana, aplique el aceite después, también aplique el aceite en los días que no ruede.

La estimulación constante del flujo sanguíneo es lo mejor que una persona puede hacer (además de tomar T) para estimular el crecimiento del vello facial, esto incluye a las personas que no están en T o pre-T.

¡La consistencia es la clave! Tomará tiempo. Sea realista. 

factores muy importantes a considerar

1. Factores genéticos.Claramente, mi aceite para barba y mi dermis no cambiarán tu genética, PERO te darán una mejor oportunidad en lugar de dejar que tu cuerpo/genética solo haga el trabajo.

Ejemplos de factores genéticos: 

Sensibilidad del receptor de andrógenos. Algunas personas no tienen receptores sensibles, este es un rasgo genético. No significa que nunca crecerá cabello en los lugares donde los receptores son insensibles. Sin embargo, probablemente signifique que llevará más tiempo y será más difícil crecer allí. Aún así, lo mejor que puede  hacer es seguir estimulando el flujo sanguíneo para que esencialmente esté "tirando los dados" más a menudo con la esperanza de que la DHT se una a los receptores y cree pelos._cc781905-5cde-3194 -bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

conversión DHT.Cuánto de su T se convierte en DHT. Esto se puede determinar genéticamente.

Tenga en cuenta que los medicamentos como la finasterida pueden efectuar esta conversión, la reduce y, por lo tanto, reduce la cantidad de DHT en la sangre.

Niveles de SHBG (globulina fijadora de hormonas sexuales). SHBG circula y se une a las hormonas sexuales libres que normalmente estarían disponibles para que su cuerpo las use. Por lo tanto, los andrógenos a los que se une no se pueden usar para crear barba/vello corporal, etc. Si tiene niveles altos de SHBG, menos de sus hormonas androgénicas libres pueden unirse a los receptores y hacer cambios "masculinos". Puede pedirle a su médico que verifique estos niveles junto con sus niveles de testosterona.

 

patrón/color de cabello.También determinado por la genética. ¿Tiene pelos que van en cierta dirección? ¿Qué pasa con una barba que es de un color diferente al pelo de tu cabeza? Todo eso se debe a la genética. Aunque algunas condiciones médicas pueden cambiar el color del cabello o parches de cabello.

DHT and head-hair loss

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a powerful androgenic hormone responsible for changes such as beard growth, body hair growth and more. 

However, higher levels of DHT can, at the same time, trigger androgenic alopecia in some people, if their genetics say so. Look at the men on your mom's side AND your dad's side. Do they bald? Contrary to popular misinformation, this is not limited to "just looking at your mom's side" for trans masculine folks. Why? Because this major balding genetic is linked to the X chromosome and many trans masc folks get one X from mom, and one X from dad. Therefore, they may have hair loss patterns that look like mom OR dad's side.

Note when they started balding. Was it early on? 20's to 30's? Was it later? 40's, 50's, 60's? Then you have a chance of balding overtime as you are on testosterone. Please note that this major genetic is NOT the only cause of hair loss.

A big difference to note in the case of trans individuals on T vs. their family balding, is how high your T levels are (consistently, over years.) Since we tend to have more control over our levels than someone who naturally makes T in their body, we could bald faster, or slower than our family members did!

For example, lets say only your mom's brother and your brother started visibly balding. This happened in their mid 20's, pretty early on. They've had notable amounts of T & DHT in their system for about 13 years when they started seeing significant hair loss. Lets say their average T levels were 500-600ng/dl.

You're noticing that after only 5 years on T you have visible balding, just as they did in their mid 20's, but you've only had T for 5 years, not 13! But lets say your levels were 800-900ng/dl during those entire 5 years and your SHBG was low. Having higher T levels than the men in your family, therefore causing your body to express hair loss sooner than them. This is an added factor many trans people forget about.

The opposite could be true as well. You balding SLOWER than the men on both sides of your family due to you having notably lower T levels than them over said period of time, therefore expressing less hair loss in X amount of time on T vs. your family members having T for that same period of time with more hair loss. Of course, it's not the only factor to think about, but surely one to note alongside the rest.

What can i do to help slow down dht related hair loss?

1. Keep your T levels at a range that doesn't trigger, or triggers less hair loss for you. This will vary from person to person. You'll have to figure out with trial and error & your doctor's guidance. Some people have very powerful hair loss genetics and even low levels could still trigger a notable amount of loss, keep this in mind. 

2. Use products that block DHT on the scalp (and keep them off/away from the beard zone.). This can include certain shampoos, topicals, or natural oils if you want to either go the natural route, minoxidil and/or topical finasteride. Not all products are created equally and know that they aren't the end-all be-all to hair loss, but instead, a tool to help slow it down over time. the earlier you start, the better. Once hair is significantly lost, it will become more difficult, and less likely for it to return to how it used to be. Always talk to a doctor before trying minox or any med. 

COMBINATION THERAPY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE.

Combination therapy is using various resources and treatments at once (regularly) to attack, slow, or reverse hair loss. Example: Someone uses a DHT blocking shampoo daily, they apply a natural anti-DHT hair oil daily (and allow it to absorb), after derma rolling their scalp in problem areas (2-4x a week), then later that day they apply a medication hair loss treatment such as topical finasteride or minoxidil (always talk to a doc before using/considering meds.)

 

Consistency, daily, is what's best. Since DHT is circulating DAILY, you'll constantly need to block some of it at the scalp to prevent it from having such a negative effect on your head hair over time. Unless you get off  T, or drop your dose so low that you notice little to no hair loss. DHT is also secreted in your scalp's sebum, so washing regularly to remove that excess DHT can help.

3. Use oral DHT inhibiting medications. These are the most powerful at blocking DHT but there are 2 catches. One, they block DHT through your ENTIRE BODY. Therefore, much of that DHT you needed to get your beard to develop at its thickest, is no longer there for use. It can lower your DHT levels by up to 70%. Therefore, if you start finasteride right when you start T, it will likely stunt or change your facial hair development over time. One option is to start finasteride after a couple years on T (if you aren't noticing significant hair loss earlier than 2 years) this will help some beard hairs start to develop (depending on your genetics) so you have some facial hair going on, before you start the med. The med will not reverse any terminal, adult beard hairs you grew prior to taking it. But some folks may see younger facial hairs fall out or not thicken as much as they could. The second catch is that it tends to be expensive for these treatments, and they may require a prescription. Some people may not be able to use them if they have underlying health conditions. Always discuss this with a doctor, before starting a med. 

Topical finasteride does exist as well. It has less of a systemwide effect, therefore you can apply it to your scalp without it impacting you system's DHT levels as much. It is also quite expensive and requires a prescription. 

4. Use topicals that stimulate blood flow to help with regrowth. Any hair regrowth product requires consistency, preferably daily. A strong blood source is what can keep a hair going, or reverse a hair from miniaturization; that's when a follicle shrinks & hair falls out.

Topicals that stimulate blood flow include minoxidil. Though, it does NOT block DHT (unless it has DHT blocking additives, some do but most standard minox doesn't.) Talk to your doctor before using this. It is a vasodilator and used as a heart med, so it is not safe for everyone. It's also dangerous to use if you have cats, as it can be fatal to them. It is not safe for pets in general.

Many people respond to minoxidil, but understand any regrowth treatment will take time (time isn't' only 2 or 3 months, time is usually 6 months to 2 years!), and some may not work for you at all.

There are also natural products, such as the head hair regrowth and loss prevention oil I'm working on. These are a safer alternative tools to aid in hair regrowth. The one I'm working on will also include natural DHT blockers to help block DHT at the scalp, as you apply it daily. This would be great for someone who can't or won't use minoxidil or meds, or can be even used alongside minoxidil, or finasteride for that extra layer of protection (called combination therapy) It also would help with regrowth by simulating blood flow, and contain vitamins to help build stronger hair.

 

 

This article does not intend to give any medical advice. Always talk to your doctor when it comes to medications including but not limited to testosterone or finasteride. 

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