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Does ingesting creatine powder or capsules cause hair loss?

I have read conflicting claims (e.g., see below) and wonder whether there have been some more serious scientific studies:

http://seannal.com/articles/supplementation/creatine-hair-loss.php (mirror) is inconclusive:

I personally don’t consider this one study to be a serious cause for alarm because of the points I mentioned above, but it’s up to you to weigh out the possibilities for yourself.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19741313 (mirror):

Creatine supplementation may, in part, act through an increased rate of conversion of T to DHT. Further investigation is warranted as a result of the high frequency of individuals using creatine supplementation and the long-term safety of alterations in circulating androgen composition.

https://examine.com/nutrition/does-creatine-cause-baldness/ (mirror):

Creatine has been implicated once in increasing DHT. The study has not been replicated, and direct studies between creatine and hair loss have not been conducted

https://redd.it/1vfvdk (mirror):

Short answer; maybe.

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  • This is an area of active research and only time and more research will provide us with more substantial answers.
    – Andrew
    Jul 25 '20 at 8:15

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