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Minoxidil for Beard Growth

When it comes to patchy or sparse beard hair, there is no shortage of treatments that claim to be effective. But do any of these actually work? Minoxidil has been identified as a potential treatmen...

Hair loss treatmentsYoung man demonstrating how to use minoxidil.

How To Use Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a medication available in both topical and oral forms and is an important treatment option for men and women experiencing pattern hair loss. When taking minoxidil, it's important to fo...

Female Hair LossWoman combing hair needing spironolactone for hair loss.

Spironolactone for Hair Loss

Spironolactone is type of medication called an anti-androgen that can help treat thinning hair by blocking the effects and production of androgens such as DHT. A small body of data from clinical an...

Hair loss treatmentsHands holding finasteride and minoxidil for hair loss treatment.

Finasteride and Minoxidil for Hair Loss

Finasteride and minoxidil are individually effective in treating pattern hair loss. While more data is needed, preliminary research suggests that taking these treatments together as a combination t...

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Causes of Hair Loss in Women

Female hair loss can be triggered by many different factors and it's a complex issue that should be carefully investigated. Hair loss can affect women at any age, but there are some causes of hair ...

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Vitamins and Hair Loss

Vitamins and specially formulated hair supplements are popular and readily accessible ways to maintain the health of hair and skin. But do they actually work for hair loss? It's established that mi...

Female Hair LossWoman contemplating pregnancy and hair loss.

Pregnancy and Hair Loss

Postpartum hair loss is a common issue faced by new mothers and it's caused in part by hormonal changes that occur shortly after delivery of the baby. In many cases, post pregnancy hair loss resolv...

Female Hair LossPCOS hair loss is a potential side effect.

PCOS Hair Loss

It's believed that PCOS affects approximately ten percent of women in their reproductive years. The signs and symptoms of this hormonal disorder can include dermatological issues like acne, excessi...

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Spironolactone Side Effects

Spironolactone is used off-label to manage many medical conditions including pattern hair loss. While it's been shown to be effective in treating hair loss, there are possible risks and side effect...

Female Hair LossYoung woman reading medication label for finasteride for women.

Finasteride for Women

Although the involvement of androgens in female pattern hair loss is less clear, there is some data that suggests that finasteride is an efficacious treatment for some women. If you choose to take ...

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Finasteride Side Effects in Women

When it comes to the safety of finasteride treatment for female pattern hair loss, the risks are surprisingly similar between women and men, with the exception of its contraindication in women of c...

Hair loss treatmentsYoung man combining his hair considering oral minoxidil vs topical for his early stage hair loss at the hair line.

Oral Minoxidil vs Topical

The decision to choose oral minoxidil vs topical for your hair loss needs will depend on your tolerance for the medication and how advanced your hair loss is. In some cases, patients will respond b...

Hair loss treatmentsBrunette man receiving dutasteride mesotherapy injection for hair loss.

Dutasteride Mesotherapy

Dutasteride mesotherapy is a relatively new alternative therapy for androgenetic hair loss. Like microneedling, the procedure involves directly injecting therapeutic agents into the scalp to trigge...

Female Hair LossWoman with female pattern hair loss holding brush full of hair.

Female Pattern Hair Loss

Female pattern hair loss is a common hair loss disorder that is most often associated with aging and changing hormone levels. It's a complex condition that can begin as a gradually widening hair pa...

Female Hair LossFemale patient with hair loss taking minoxidil for women.

Minoxidil For Women

Minoxidil is a treatment that is available over-the-counter (topical) and as a prescription (oral) for the management of female androgenetic hair loss. Its safety and efficacy are well-established ...

Hair Loss CausesYoung woman holding handful of minoxidil shedding hair.

Minoxidil Shedding

Shedding when you begin any hair loss treatment is more common than you think. It's often reported with finasteride, but it can also occur with minoxidil. At the heart of minoxidil shedding is a si...

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Steroids and Hair Loss

Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing substances that mimic the effects of male sex steroid hormones. There has been speculation that anabolic steroid use can cause hair loss in some men. The...

Hair loss treatmentsMan wondering how long it takes for finasteride to work.

How Long Does Finasteride Take To Work?

In general, you'll need to take oral or topical finasteride for 3-6 months before noticeable changes will appear. There are a few things you can watch out for during this period that are signs that...

Hair Loss CausesMan with hair loss showing finasteride regrowing hairline.

Can Finasteride Regrow My Hairline?

Many people wonder if finasteride will work on specific areas of hair loss, including the frontal hairline. The good news is that this treatment will work on the entire scalp and for most people, a...

Hair loss treatmentsMan holding capsule reading leaflet on minoxidil side effects.

Minoxidil Side Effects

Minoxidil is a time-tested treatment for hair loss. It’s available in different forms, some of which can be purchased over the counter, while others will need a prescription. When comparing topical...

Hair loss treatmentsMan considering dutasteride 05 mg dose for hair loss.

Dutasteride 0.5 mg Capsule

The most commonly prescribed form of dutasteride is the dutasteride 0.5 mg capsule. Dutasteride has not been approved in the USA or Canada for hair loss at any dosage but can be prescribed off-labe...

Hair loss treatmentsMan with dropper of rosemary oil comparing rosemary vs minoxidil effects on hair.

Rosemary Oil vs Minoxidil

Rosemary oil is considered potentially useful to maintaining scalp health and even in treating pattern hair loss in men (also referred to as androgenetic alopecia). But how does it measure up to mi...

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Topical Dutasteride Clinical Trial Results

A newer generation 5-alpha reductase inhibitor, dutasteride, has increasingly been prescribed off-label to treat androgenetic alopecia. SiloxysSystem™ Gel, was developed to allow healthcare profess...

Hair loss treatmentsMan deciding on switching from finasteride to dutasteride.

Switching From Finasteride to Dutasteride

Dutasteride is increasingly being prescribed off-label to treat pattern hair loss. If you’re already taking finasteride, is there a good reason to switch to dutasteride? Both finasteride and dutast...