Posted by: Alyssa Morris in Hair Loss on April 26th, 2014


If you have androgenetic alopecia, also known as female pattern baldness, you may have an alternative to treating this condition besides just using Minoxidil. This hair loss condition has also been successfully treated with azelaic acid.

Female Pattern Baldness

To understand how this substance works, you need to understand the mechanism that causes female pattern baldness. Basically the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme converts testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

DHT then attaches to the hair follicle blocking nutrients to the follicle and hair strand, causing the hair strand to eventually fall out and the follicle to wither and then die. Female viagra online

As you can see by effecting either 5 alpha-reductase enzyme, testosterone or DHT you can stop female pattern baldness. But like most problems you want to get to the root cause and stop it for good, in this case it is the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme.

How Azelaic Acid Works

Azelaic acid has fist been used to treat people with inflammatory acne. This acid can be found naturally occurring in whole grain cereals, animal products and even our own bodies can generate it.

It is believed that azelaic acid is able to inhibit the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme, which is the root cause of DHT causing female pattern baldness.

Though no formal studies have been performed to confirm the effect azelaic acid on the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme, it is being placed in some products that contain Minoxidil such as Xandrox.

By combining Minoxidil with azelaic acid, you stop hair loss by inhibiting the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme by using azelaic acid and since Minoxidil stimulates blood circulation, you also stimulate hair growth.

Xandrox can be obtained only in prescription form. So if you want to try it you must receive a prescription from your doctor or dermatologist.


Azelaic acid has little to no side effects. Like Minoxidil, it can cause such issues as rashes, skin inflammation and may even cause burning and irritation. Ensure you use it only on your scalp; I inadvertently put some Minoxidil on my forehead and developed a significant swelling of the forehead and eyes.

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Azelaic acid is known to be an effective 5 alpha-reductase enzyme inhibitor that effectively stops the formation of DHT that causes female pattern baldness. There have been no studies done on the effectiveness of this compound in stopping hair loss, so the effectiveness or how much to use cannot be determined.

Even with that, Xandrox is now available with a prescription that contains both azelaic acid and Minoxidil.