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“Minoxidil or Finasteride or Both?”

First published
09/06/2022

Mo & Ash

Written by
@Mo & Ash

Finasteride is a medication which is commonly used to treat Hair loss. It works by lowering DHT in the scalp, DHT is an androgen hormone that binds to receptors on hair follicles causing them to Miniaturise (shrink). As a result, the hairs formed by miniaturised follicles are thinner. Studies have shown that the introduction of finasteride can reduce DHT levels in the scalp on average by 70%, this in turn:

  • Increases hair growth
  • Reverses androgenic alopecia hair loss
  • Stops further hair loss

Finasteride is classified as an anti-androgen medication and works by inhibiting the Type II  5 alpha reductase which stops the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Minoxidil on the other hand Minoxidil works by 2 mechanisms:

  1. Widening the blood vessels in your scalp that supply your follicles which provides follicles with an improved supply of oxygen and nutrients allowing follicles to develop healthier thicker strands of hair
  2. Influencing hair cycles, each hair cycle has 3 phases- growth, resting, transition. Hairs will typically grow in the growth phase then transition to the resting phase where they will sit until they are replaced by a new hair in growth phase. In patients who suffer with androgenic alopecia, hair tends to have shortened growth phases, so hair ever really has the opportunity to achieve its maximal thickness. Minoxidil helps keep hair in the growth phase for longer and thereby allowing your hair to reach its optimal density.

Golden Nugget: Ideally you need both minoxidil and Finasteride in your plan as both medicines have different functions. You can now get benefits of both minoxidil and finasteride in a single application 2 in 1 spray. See if this is the treatment you need by taking a free online consultation.

For more from Dense Lifestyle Editor Mo & Ash follow him on instagram at @custom_field

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