3 things you can do about male pattern baldness?

Hair loss can occur in all men, no matter how old you are. Fortunately, here are some things that you can do to help fix your male pattern baldness:

1.   Minoxidil

Minoxidil or more commonly known as, Rogaine, has been used to treat hair loss and male pattern baldness for many years now. It comes in many different dosage forms such as an oral medication, a foam wash treatment, and a liquid form. Minoxidil works to fix male pattern baldness by increasing the growth of new hair follicles and prevent them from dying off. It also works to increase the diameter of hair follicles to make your hair more thick. The increase in hair growth is typically seen within 6 to 8 weeks and usually peaks effect at around 12 weeks after use.

2.   Finasteride

Finasteride or also referred to as Propecia, is a largely known drug that is used to help prevent and treat male pattern baldness. It works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the molecule known to play a role in causing male pattern baldness. Results have shown that within a couple of months after starting treatment, finasteride significantly increases hair on the scalp. Finasteride also has a high tolerability making it an excellent medication to aid in the treatment of male pattern baldness.

3.   Dutasteride

Dutasteride is a lesser known drug that is also used to help aid male pattern baldness. As you may be able to depict from the name, Dutasteride is in the same medication class as Finasteride, meaning they work similarly on the body. Dutasteride also works to prevent and treat male pattern baldness by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), however it is more potent than finasteride at doing its job.

It is important to remember that everyone is different and hair loss is not the same for every one person. Here at Nimbus we strive to offer you individualized treatments for the start of your hair growth journey.

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