Although dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is considered the primary cause of androgenetic alopecia (=male pattern baldness), there are certain types of steroids that accelerate hair loss due to high levels of DHT, especially if you are genetically prone to male pattern baldness.
But how do steroids cause hair loss?
In this article, I am going to explain how steroid-related hair loss occurs and what can be done to counteract this problem.
What Are Steroids?
Steroids, also known as corticosteroids, occur naturally in the body and reduce inflammation. They can even be prescribed due to medical conditions such as asthma, inflammation, multiple sclerosis or Chron’s disease, which is why they are also available in tablet forms, as lotions, inhalers or injections.
Apart from using steroids for treating medical conditions, there are certain steroids (e.g. anabolic steroids) that are often used illegally by people who want to stimulate muscle growth since those steroids are similar to testosterone.
Taking anabolic steroids can stimulate muscle growth on the one hand but trigger hair loss as a possible side effect on the other hand.
How Do Steroids Cause Hair Loss?
First things first: There is a misconception about steroids that has to be removed. Steroids do NOT cause hair loss themselves, they can just accelerate potential hair loss if your follicles are genetically prone to male pattern baldness due to the increasing levels of DHT in your body.
Though not all steroids cause hair loss, there are certain steroids that will raise the levels of DHT in your body, which in fact will lead to significant hair loss.
This means that if your hair follicles are genetically programmed to withstand higher levels of DHT, using steroids won’t affect your hair at all.
Which Steroids Cause Hair Loss?
As mentioned above, certain steroids are notorious for causing hair loss while other steroids don’t carry this risk at all. Here is a list of steroids that are most likely to cause hair loss:
- Anadrol (Oxymetholone)
- Anavar (Oxandrolone)
- Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)
- Primobolan (Methenolone)
- Proviron (Mesterolone)
- Winstrol (Stanozolol)
Steroids that might cause hair loss as well:
- Boldenone (Equipoise)
- Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate)
- Nandrolone Phenylpropionate (NPP)
Steroids that contain high levels of DHT are more likely to cause hair loss than non DHT steroids.
Although non DHT steroids have a lower probability of causing hair loss (e.g. Dianabol or Trenbolone), some of them have shown to induce hair loss among some users.
How To Prevent Steroid Related Hair Loss
If you believe that your hair loss is steroid related, it is advised that you come off steroids as a prolonged use may lead to a permanent baldness in the worst case.
To prevent steroid related hair loss or at least to lower the probability of losing hair due to steroids, you will first have to lower your DHT levels and block them from attaching to hair follicles that are particularly prone to male pattern baldness.
Here are some possible treatment methods for those who have steroid related hair loss:
- Azelex (Anti-DHT cream)
It is further recommended to talk to your doctor before you decide to use any of the products mentioned above in order to prevent side effects.
To all the athletes and muscle maniacs out there: The competitive drive to succeed or win can be fierce, but it is vital and necessary to know about possible side effects of steroids before you actually decide to take them.
Do some research on what side effects your steroids can have before causing your body any harm. If you are concerned about hair loss, you should be particularly careful when opting to use steroids, especially if any of them happens to be in the above list.
Performance-enhancing drugs aka doping carry many risks.
Therefore, you should not only take enough time to learn more about their potential benefits but also about their health risks. And last but not least, you should ask yourself: Is taking steroids worth the risk?
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section down below and I will be more than happy to help you out!
Founder of The Hairy Solution