It’s been coming for a while, you’ve had your suspicions and people have mentioned it. The realisation soon sets in; you are losing your hair. Whether it’s thinning, receding or a bald spot – Finasteride can help. Your hair is a part of your very being, your personality, your identity.
There are many ‘quick fix’ hair loss treatments out there like injections, hair pieces or surgery; however, none offer lasting results.
Finasteride is a prescription medication that is formulated to treat hair loss and is one of the only options available that has been clinically proven to work. Here’s what to expect from Finasteride.
How Finasteride works
It’s worth remembering that hair loss is natural and usually unnoticeable. Most people lose anywhere between 50 – 100 hairs per day. If you have started to notice more than the usual amount of hair loss, you may have hit upon one of the most common forms:
Male Pattern Baldness is the most common genetic condition caused by a by-product of testosterone named Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Hence the long-running urban myth of bald men having high testosterone levels, which sadly isn’t necessarily true.
DHT attaches to the hair follicles and causes them to shrink over time, which causes the hair to become thinner until some men become bald on the top of the head. At this stage, each strand is just too thin and weak to penetrate the surface of the skin.
Finasteride is one of only two clinically proven treatments for hair loss. It is a long-term, daily pill that works by inhibiting the DHT levels in your body and gives your follicles a better chance to expand and grow thicker hairs (particularly when paired with Minoxidil).
In a five year clinical study by an independent panel of dermatologists, 9 out of 10 of the 279 men that took part, maintained or increased their hair count – pretty impressive.
There are many other treatments, though not clinically-proven!
There are copious amounts of men in the world desperately trying to find a way to stop or re-grow the hair they’ve already lost. Essentially, most (if not all) hair loss products on the market do not work.
- Low-power laser therapy uses light emitting diodes to stimulate the hair follicles and can easily be administered at home. LLLT devices are quick and convenient to use, being combed through the hair with patented components that allow the light to get directly to the scalp, to further support healthy hair growth.
- Hair therapies involve a range of soothing, nourishing and stimulating treatments tailored to the individual needs of each person. They may include infrared therapy, ultra-violet light, scalp steaming, massage and hair masks.
Are there any risks with taking Finasteride?
Finasteride is widely considered safe, but it’s worth noting that there are risks and side effects attached to all medications. The most noticeable (but highly uncommon) side effects include reduced sexual libido, a risk of depression and erectile dysfunction. We recommend reducing the risk and following our dosage guide of one tablet per day. Or see your doctor if any of the above do in-fact occur.
Scott McDougall (MPharm) is a clinical pharmacist and in addition to being Cornerstone’s senior in-house pharmacist, is the co-founder of The Independent Pharmacy, one of the UK’s leading independent online pharmacies.