There are a variety of products and services designed specifically to treat balding. Medicated shampoos and concealers are effective for hair loss in its initial stages. It can effectively address the areas with slight thinning or balding. Minoxidil and finasteride are the only drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat hair loss. These are more applicable as the balding progresses further with finasteride being used particularly for androgenic alopecia. There are side effects that may result and consumers should weigh this against its potential benefits.


Hair transplants can also be effective as a hair loss remedy provided that there is enough donor hair to cover the bald areas. Treatment through this method does not create new hair follicles it only repositions them. A scalp micropigmentation (SMP) procedure however may be applied for almost any kind of balding condition at whatever stage it may be. It just needs to be adjusted to suit the current situation making it one of the most versatile treatments available.

Due to the possibility of different kinds of balding conditions, a person who is going through one should first consult with a physician for proper diagnosis prior to using any products or services to treat it. There are some remedies that are more appropriate for a particular kind of hair loss than others. It would simply be a waste of time and money if this would be addressed in a general manner without completely understanding what the person is going through.

An example would be the use of biotin, which is said to be effective against hair loss. A question should immediately arise as to what kind of balding is it supposed to remedy. The closest condition that it may have a possible use for is hair loss brought about by vitamin deficiency.

Biotin is a vitamin that is classified under the same family as vitamin B. It can be derived from food such as peanuts, liver, yeast, carrots, bananas and cooked eggs. This can also be produced naturally inside a person’s gastrointestinal tract. It is a vitamin supplement marketed as being able to enhance the keratin infrastructure found in a person’s hair. The daily dosage is recommended at 2.5 milligrams. Not much is said about the amount that would constitute an overdose. Skin rashes, low vitamin C levels and a very gradual release of insulin are indications of excessive biotin in the system.

A person is said to be deficient in biotin when the nails are brittle, poor appetite, loss of hair pigmentation and balding. Cases are more common among the elderly, athletes, epileptics and those people who have had some parts of their gastrointestinal tracts removed. It is rare for a person however to actually become deficient in biotin. Hair loss might be the least thing to worry about in such cases because this might concern something of a more serious nature. There is also no conclusive evidence that ingesting a biotin supplement can in fact remedy the balding.

It must be stressed that balding should not be immediately attributed to a deficiency in biotin. There are simply too many factors that may cause hair loss to make a personal judgment without professional assistance very risky. It may turn out to be a genetic cause or it might be due to an underlying illness. Whatever the reason, treating it with biotin will not be an effective remedy. There are other products and services that are more suitable through the recommendation of a qualified physician.

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