Is It True That Steroids Can Make You Go Bald?
Millions of people – both male and female – use steroids to enhance their performance, increase their size, muscle, strength, and endurance. From bodybuilders to athletes, steroids are gaining more and more popularity, only impeded by the fact that most professional sports and competition bodies have banned the use of steroids of other performance enhancing drugs.
Using steroids will get you faster gains is body size, lean muscle, and strength, but users of steroids know that there are a number of side effects that one should expect when using them. One of these side effects, though a minor one, is balding.
While balding is a possible side effect of steroid use, it is one of the rarest side effects and will only affect people who are genetically prone to male pattern baldness. This means that if you are genetically pre-dispositioned to become bald, using steroids will speed up the process. It should, therefore, be noted that balding does not affect people who are not naturally prone to become bald.
How steroids cause balding
If you are genetically prone to become bald, using steroids will result in increased levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) present in your body. The DHT binds to receptors in the scalp’s hair follicles and causes thinning of your hairline.
Steroids that could cause balding
Just like not everyone will experience balding when they use steroids, not all steroids will cause baling. DHT is a by-product of testosterone when it is synthesized by the 5 Alpha Reductase enzyme. This means that only steroids that are derivatives of testosterone will cause balding because they will be converted to DHT. However, there are other steroids like Winstrol and Androl, which are derived from DHT. This means that they can directly bind to the scalp since they do not need to convert through an enzyme. The following list contains steroids that if used, will cause balding.
– Nandrolone Phenylpropionate (NPP)
– Deca Durabolin
How to prevent balding
While it is possible to reduce the rate of hair loss, it could be quite a challenge to stop it completely especially when you are on a cycle. Reducing levels of DHT in your body is the way to go, but it is equally important to prevent the DHT from attaching to hair follicles.
Alternatively, you could block the 5 Alpha Reductase enzyme from converting testosterone into DHT using Finasteride, which bids to the 5 Alpha Reductase enzyme and prevents testosterone conversion. Unfortunately, the finasteride medication will not work for steroids that are derived from DHT like Winstrol, because the enzyme is not used for any conversion. For these steroids, you will need to block the binding at the scalp. Using a shampoo like Nizoral shampoo is one of the ways you could use to achieve this. Possible treatment methods for preventing testosterone from converting to DHT and preventing DHT from binding at the scalp are listed below.
– Azelex (an Anti-DHT cream)