Male-pattern alopecia and masculinity

Br J Dermatol. 1979 May;100(5):567-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.1979.tb05582.x.


Cutaneous processes which are thought to be influenced by androgenic stimulation include the development of male-pattern alopecia, terminal hair distribution, sebum excretion rate, maximal sweat secretion rate and skin thickness. We measured these indices in forty-eight normal men, together with muscle, fat and bone thickness and plasma testosterone. There was a significant correlation between hair density on the forearm, leg and chest, but no other significant correlations were found. We conclude that bald men are no more 'masculine' than those with good scalp hair growth, if masculinity is defined in terms of end-organ response to androgenic stimulation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alopecia / physiopathology*
  • Androgens / physiology*
  • Hair
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Testosterone / blood


  • Androgens
  • Testosterone