Hi there my loveliness! It is so good to come back after sung a long break from blogging. Today, I wanted to share my reason for the break. I was diagnosed with androgenic alopecia. It’s a pattern of hair loss that affects both men and women. In women, the hair becomes thin all over the place, and the hairline does not recede. This condition in women rarely leads to total baldness. Never did I thought that I will have androgenic alopecia.
Growing up in a society where women’s hair is part of my beauty, sudden loss of hair was a sudden psychological shock to me. I was depressed. I did not want to talk to anyone. I was hiding my head. I remember taking the above picture reviewing a picture. Even then, I had a head full of hair.
However, suddenly in September last year, I started to lose my hair like crazy. I have my typical hair lose each day but this was drastic. I started photographing it. Within a month I lost two-thirds of my hair. I didn’t know what to do I went to my dermatologist who did a biopsy and diagnosed me with androgenic alopecia. She told me that there is no cure for this disease when using combination treatment, I will get some but not all of my hair back. Typical treatment for this condition include.
Rogaine or Minoxidil was approved by US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. The study is currently being marketed over the counter as 2% and 5% solution, with 5% being solution being more effective. Addition, oral treatment such as Finasteride, or Spironolactone are so prescribed along. Finasteride is prescribed only in men because it can produce ambiguous genitalia in a developing male fetus. Since Spironolactone is antiandrogen, it can cause feminization of male fetuses. Hence it should not be taken during pregnancy.
I was in emotional pain. I was put on Rogaine, antiandrogen, an antifungal shampoo, ketoconazole 2%, which has shown to effectively treat in regrowth hair. My dear friends, at this point I was desperate to do anything. I was doing research on any treatment. My dermatologist saw how depressed I became. She told me that can lead to more hair loss. She told me I should also look into buying a laser helmet, which has shown to regrow hair by 43%. Based my doctor’s recommendations, I bought irestore. This FDA-cleared, low-level laser therapy is clinically proven way to stimulate hair follicles to grow thicker and fuller hair. It uses clinical-strength laser technology to treat balding, thinning hair and receding hairline. I use it for 25 minutes for every other day.
I am taking hair vitamin with 5000mg every day. I have been following these treatments regimens for the past four months. I have seen some improvements for sure. However, I still have a long way to go. I still have bald spots that make my heart skins but I am starting to deal with it. I never thought I will have to deal with this before the mid 30s.
My lovely readers! I have gone a rough patch I am still trying to recover from. I try to tell myself at least I am healthy, but it’s really hard to deal the loss of so much of your hair. Have any of experienced what I have through known someone. I would love to hear your story and what treatment has worked for you or your friend.
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13 thoughts on “My Battle with Androgenic Alopecia”
Thank my loveliness 🙂
Thank you 😶
Thank friend for the kind words <3
I feel your pain on this! I’ve been struggling with alopecia for years and it’s really hard. Good luck! <3
I am so sorry. What have you been doing to treat it? Have you seen any improvements?
In the past I used steroid creams but didn’t have luck. I’m currently trying *tons* of things that I just blogged about, actually! They’re all new ideas so no progress yet but fingers crossed!
I would love to hear from you if you do. I don’t want steroids because it made me gain a lot of weight in a past year that I’m having a hard time losing.
My dghter has androgenic alopecia, breaks my heart to see how she struggles with her confidence. She’s too young for such issues..only 19 . Bought Topic which helps to cover the areas and can barely tell she has any problem . Wanted to share about that product..works well to mask the issue but sadly not cure it. Currently she is trying anti androgenic birth control pill.. we’ll see. Good luck to you.
Thank you so much with the comment. I really appreciate it. I am current using irestore. It has helped me.
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