What is DHT and why is it important?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a powerful androgenic hormone responsible for changes such as beard growth, body hair growth and bottom growth. A portion of your testosterone is converted to DHT and circulates in your blood for use. It can bind with androgen receptors, such as receptors on undeveloped facial hair follicles to create and thicken beard hair. DHT is generally responsible for many of the changes individuals may seek when starting testosterone.
DHT is necessary for facial, body and bottom growth. If theses are features you seek, then you want to avoid inhibiting DHT. Many products on the market contain DHT blockers, even most beard products. Which of course, doesn't make sense from a scientific stand point.
Rest assured, DR DHT beard products contain DHT safe ingredients and ratios, so it won't negatively impact your facial hair progression.
How can I optimize my DHT levels for facial or body hair growth?
1. Make sure your T levels are consistently in range. You'll have to check with your doctor in order to find out your levels. Generally 300-900ng/dL is within range. Also generally speaking, the higher the T, the higher the DHT levels. Being on the higher end of that range could help optimize your blood DHT level.
2. Avoid regularly using products that contain DHT blockers (especially leave-on products.) Particularly on your face/beard region, or systemwide oral meds.
I have a list of common DHT blocking ingredients, you can check it out here.
Common DHT blockers include coconut oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, salicylic acid and finasteride (oral med.)
If used regularly, these can stunt facial hair progression. Many of these ingredients may be great for head hair, but it's quite the opposite when it comes to gaining facial/body hair (androgenic hair.)
3. This tip may not change the DHT level, however it helps circulate more DHT through your face's subcutaneous layer for more chance of it binding with androgen receptors and creating a hair.
Blood flow stimulation! There are various way to do this.
First, my Beard Grower Oil naturally stimulates blood flow in your face's skin layer. This is needed because hairs require a good blood source in order to become independent and thick. It also innately circulates more DHT through the areas.
Secondly, using a derma roller (must be .5mm) this also doubles down on blood flow stimulation to help establish hairs, and can be used alongside the Beard Grower Oil, it helps the oil absorb even better too. Do this 2-3 times a week, apply the oil after, also apply the oil on days you don't roll.
Consistent blood flow stimulation is the best thing a person can do (besides take T) to stimulate facial hair growth, this includes individuals not on T, or pre-T.
Consistency is key! It will take time. Be realistic.
extremely important factors to consider
1. Genetic factors. Clearly my beard oil and derma rolling won't change your genetics BUT it does give you a better chance vs. leaving your body/genetics alone to do the work.
Examples of genetic factors:
Androgen receptor sensitivity. Some people don't have sensitive receptors, this is a genetic trait. It doesn't mean you'll never grow hair in the places where the receptors are insensitive. However it probably means it will take longer and be harder to grow there. Still, the best thing you can do is to keep stimulating blood flow so you essentially are "rolling the dice" more often in hopes of DHT binding with the receptors and creating hairs.
DHT conversion. How much of your T is converted to DHT. This can be genetically determined.
Note that meds like finasteride can effect this conversion, it lowers it, therefore, lowering the amount of DHT in your blood.
SHBG Levels (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin.) SHBG circulates and binds to free sex hormones that would normally be available for your body to use. Therefore, any androgens it binds to can't be used to create beard/body hair etc. If you have high SHBG levels then less of your free androgenic hormones are able to bind with receptors and make "masculine" changes. You can ask your doc to check these levels alongside your T levels.
Hair pattern/color. Also determined by genetics. Have hairs that go in a certain direction? What about a beard that's a different color than your head hair. That's all down to genetics. Though some medical conditions can change the color of hairs, or patches of hair.