Question: Hello guys,I was wondering does DHT shrink facial hair and body hair also? If our Moustache and beard thin out, can this be caused by DHT? If so, can Propecia help? What are the causes for shrinking hair on beard and moustache?
Answer: Hi, Bradley. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is perhaps best known as the main culprit of Male Pattern Hair Loss, which can start to develop in men with a genetic predisposition, any time following puberty. This affects the hairs on the top of the scalp only.
DHT does not shrink body or facial hair such as the moustache or beard. In fact, bodily hair is actually dependent on DHT as it causes hair growth on the body during puberty.
Thinning of the beard may be due to hormonal issues or thyroid problems; it is often temporary. This is where medical investigation is necessary however, if the beard area is naturally thin then there is not much that can be done unless you opt for a beard transplant. Also, if there is patchy hair loss from the beard, this could be a sign of the autoimmune disorder alopecia barbae.
No male hair loss treatment products are suitable for use on or in relation to the face. They are strictly for use in relation to genetic hair thinning from the scalp only. This includes finasteride 1mg, the drug commonly referred to as Propecia as this was its original brand name, though many other brands are now available.
We only deal with scalp-related hair loss here at Belgravia so we would recommend you speak to your GP about this. They will be able to carry out or refer you for any necessary tests.
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