Two of the causes of androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, are genetics and a sensitivity to the sex hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). According to the American Hair Loss Association, DHT is an androgen (hormone) that plays a role in the development of male sex traits, including body hair—but high levels of DHT can also lead to hair loss. The following are three signs of high DHT in men.
Acne Is a Symptom of High DHT
“High DHT leads to high levels of androgens, which contribute to acne in men,” Anna Chacon, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and hair loss expert in South Florida tells WebMD Connect to Care. While it’s less common in adults, high hormone levels can increase oil production and clog pores that cause acne.
A Receding Hairline Is a Symptom of High DHT
“High DHT may also lead to receding hairline,” Chacon says. According to Medline Plus, there is a strong link between androgenetic alopecia and DHT levels. Variations in the androgen receptor (AR) gene can make some people more susceptible to the effects of of DHT. In males, this form of hair loss usually follows a characteristic pattern, starting with a receding hairline.
Hair Loss at the Temples and on the Crown Are Symptoms of High DHT
According to Chacon, high DHT may lead to more hair loss on the superior portion of the scalp, otherwise known as the vertex scalp, or the crown. After hair loss at the front of the scalp, male pattern baldness usually progresses with hair loss at the temples and the crown of the head (with hair spared at the back of the head). Over time, the areas meet and there is a horseshoe pattern of hair loss around the sides and top of the head.
Don’t Wait. Get Help Today.
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t wait to get help. The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Speak to a medical professional today to begin your journey to a fuller head of hair.