Following on from Episode 1 of our Glow Up series, we look into greater depth how and why baldness occurs. It is caused primarily by three factors; excess androgens (male-specific hormones), genes, and microbial inflammation. We then discuss the various treatments and their effects in light of this.
In order of causation mentioned (androgens, genes, inflammation):
- Choi, Man Ho, Young Sook Yoo, and Bong Chul Chung. “Biochemical roles of testosterone and epitestosterone to 5α-reductase as indicators of male-pattern baldness.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology 116.1 (2001): 57-61.
- Ellis, Justine A., Margaret Stebbing, and Stephen B. Harrap. “Polymorphism of the androgen receptor gene is associated with male pattern baldness.” Journal of investigative dermatology 116.3 (2001): 452-455.
- Mahé, Yann F., et al. “Androgenetic alopecia and microinflammation.” International journal of dermatology 39.8 (2000): 576-584.