Azelaic Acid is a naturally occurring saturated dicarboxylic acid that can be found in rye, barley and wheat. It is produced by Malassezia furfur, a genus of yeasts that are naturally found on the skin and is claimed to be effective on a number of skin ailments such as mild to moderate acne and also as a hair growth supplement.
What does this substance do?
It reduces the growth of bacteria on the skin and in the hair follicle. It can also reduce the pigmentation color of the skin and is useful in reducing persistent darker acne spots on darker skinned patients.
As for hair loss, there are no clinical trials or data done with this substance at all. Azelaic Acid has never been proven to help with hair loss. A study in 1988 suggested that Azelaic acid, combined with zinc, iron and vitamin B6 was a strong type 5-Aalpha Reductase Inhibitor.
What is a 5-Alpha-Reductase inhibitor? It is an enzyme that converts testosterone into the much more potent Dihydrotestostrone, or DHT. The 5-alpha reductase inhibits the production of DHT, just to make sure that part is clear. DHT is found in a number of places; however, for our concerns we will just cover the hair follicle. DHT is also best known for its contribution to causing male pattern baldness.
DHT is the primary cause for male pattern baldness. This is not true for women as their primary contributing factor is regular testosterone. For men, reducing the amount of DHT produced in the body can aid significantly in the prevention of hair loss.
Azelaic acid is not designed to be a stand-alone product for the treatment of hair loss. It is most effective when combined with other things that aid in the prevention of hair loss such as Propecia and Minoxidil, the two clinically proven treatments for hair loss. When added into a vitamin supplemental program the effects of Azelaic acid can be realized and effective in treating male pattern baldness by getting to the main cause of the hair loss in the first place; an overproduction of DHT in the body.
Azelaic acid is normally found as a skin cream that is used topically to treat the affected area of the body. The strength of the cream’s amount of Azelaic acid is based on the level of need of the patient. It can also be found as an ingredient in supplemental vitamins that are targeted to men with hair loss issues and as an added ingredient in other creams to boost their DHT blocking abilities.
The reduction of DHT from Azelaic acid will make you want to consider a product that will also boost the production of protein at the follicle level as well as reducing the activity of the sebaceous glands to help the follicle become healthier and grow, as it should.
Azelaic acid is an outstanding substance that can help with male pattern baldness when used properly and along with vitamins and a good daily cleaning regimen. If you have any questions you should, as always, speak with your doctor before starting any supplementation program.