Question: I have noticed that my scalp is only oily at the top of my head and especially oily in areas that are commonly considered the male pattern baldness areas. Could it be the cause of my receding hairline?
I started shaving my heading shortly after my hairline began to recede and noticed the excessively oily areas of my scalp soon after that. Once I noticed the oiliness I became very diligent about completely cleaning the oil from the top of my head when I shower, which I generally do twice a day. I generally have oily skin but my scalp is especially oily and has to be lathered and rinsed twice during each shower to remove the oil completely. I use a popular organic castile soap that is both gentle and effective at dissolving oil.
My hairline has not receded any further whereas my brother and my nephews (who began receding after me) have lost most of the hair at the top of their heads. I have never really used any hair restoration products and have only recently began pursuing homeopathic restoration options.
Answer: Hi Leo, thanks for your question. An oily scalp is an individual characteristic and can also be hormonal. Shampooing daily using a suitable cleanser, such as Belgravia’s B2 Concentrated Treatment Shampoo, is still the best antidote to an oily scalp, so washing your head twice daily is good practice. It is by far a better solution than applying powder to the scalp.
You mention your receding hairline; From what you have said, it seems clear that hereditary hair loss runs in your family and this is a classic sign of male pattern hair loss. Additionally, there is also a known correlation between an oily scalp and hair loss, as people with an oily scalp are prone to losing more hair as they tend to have a greater amount of DHT present in their bodies. DHT is a naturally occurring hormone by-product which attacks the hair follicles around the top of the head, causing hair loss in those with a genetic predisposition to pattern baldness.
Whilst homeopathic remedies may help to improve the health of your existing hair, the only licensed products for the treatment of male hair loss are finasteride, commonly known by its brand name, Propecia, and minoxidil.
Finasteride 1mg is an oral tablet which helps to inhibit DHT, whilst Minoxidil is a topical hair loss product which is applied directly to the scalp to help stimulate hair growth to restore your hairline. Minoxidil, particularly in liquid form, can be used by people with an oily scalp as the alcohol in the minoxidil liquid helps to minimise the oiliness of the scalp.
If you would like to look into which hair loss treatments may be most effective in preventing male hair loss and regrowing your hairline, you can make an appointment with one of our experts who will be able to recommend a bespoke treatment programme based on your level of shedding.
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