It’s a reality that most men have to deal with at some point in their lives – the dreaded receding hairline. Whether we want to accept it or not, it’s a reality that most of us men will have to face at some point in our lives. If you end up being one of the lucky ones to live an entire life with a full head of hair, you’ve beaten the male pattern baldness odds.
For the rest of us, there will come a time when our hair starts to thin and our foreheads start to expand. In the beginning stages, we might brush it off and tell ourselves that our hairline was always that high. "That widow’s peak was always there," we’ll think to ourselves as we refuse to believe that hair loss could happen to us. After all, our fathers and grandfathers weren’t bald.
The problem with denial is that it sets you up for failure. Yes, accepting that you’re experiencing male pattern baldness is stressful, but it’s something that happens to the best of us. And when you’re able to recognize the symptoms and take a proactive approach to hair loss, you then have a better chance of preventing that receding hairline from growing – and in some cases, you could even get the hair back that you lost. These days, there are a number of different treatment methods that are able to help you keep your full head of hair. But before you can do that, you need to know what to look for.
1. A Receding Hairline Causes Your Hair to Act Differently
You know how to manage your hair better than anyone else. You know where every little cowlick’s located or which direction to brush your hair. However, the slightest bit of hair loss can completely change the way your hair behaves. If that cowlick has suddenly disappeared or your hair isn’t styling the way it used to, it could be a sign of hair loss.
2. Spotting Thinning Areas in Your Hair
Many men start developing a widow’s peak as their hairline starts receding. Instead of losing hair evenly across their head, the right and left corners of the hairline start to thin the most, creating a hairline that eventually leaves a horseshoe-shaped balding pattern.
When brushing or styling your hair, spend some time looking at the corners of your hairline to see if they look thinner than usual. If so, your hairline could be receding.
3. Pay Attention to Excessive Shedding
Just because you find your hair lying around the house doesn’t mean that you’re balding. After all, the average person sheds around 100 hairs a day. It’s not until you notice an unusual amount of hair in your hairbrush or shower basin that you should start to think about hair loss. Still, it’s good to make a mental note of whether you’re shedding more hair than usual or not. Because if you are and your hair isn’t styling the way that it used to, you could be in the early stages of hair loss.
4. Take a Picture of Your Hairline
Nipping hair loss in the bud requires a proactive approach. The earlier you take action, the better your chances are of preventing that receding hairline from growing. Keeping track of our hairline’s regression is easier said than done, though. We see ourselves in the mirror every day, so the change is so gradual that it often slips under the radar. If you’re unsure whether you’re losing your hair or not, take a picture of your hairline and compare it with older photos. You’ll be able to know if your hairline is actually retreating … or if you’re imagining things.
You’re Losing Your Hair, Now What?
Just because your hairline is receding doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to kiss your hair goodbye. There are a number of different ways that you can hold onto the hair that you have and in some cases, even grow back some of the hair that you’ve lost. Special DHT-blocking shampoos and conditioners, drugs containing finasteride and minoxidil, and vitamin supplements containing biotin can all help stop your receding hairline from progressing further.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you with hair loss prevention. Our experts are happy to help you come up with a regimen that works best for you.
Important Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Finasteride is for use by MEN ONLY and should NOT be used by women or children.
Read this Patient Information before you start taking Finasteride and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is Finasteride?
Finasteride is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male pattern hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).
It is not known if Finasteride works for a receding hairline on either side of and above your forehead (temporal area).
Finasteride is not for use by women and children.
Who should not take Finasteride?
Do not take Finasteride if you:
- are pregnant or may become pregnant. Finasteride may harm your unborn baby.
- Finasteride tablets are coated and will prevent contact with the medicine during handling, as long as the tablets are not broken or crushed. Females who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not come in contact with broken or crushed Finasteride tablets.
- If a pregnant woman comes in contact with crushed or broken Finasteride tablets, wash the contact area right away with soap and water. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in Finasteride, a healthcare provider should be consulted. If a woman who is pregnant with a male baby swallows or comes in contact with the medicine in Finasteride, the male baby may be born with sex organs that are not normal.
are allergic to any of the ingredients in Finasteride. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in Finasteride.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Finasteride? Before taking Finasteride, tell your healthcare provider if you:
have any other medical conditions, including problems with your prostate or liver
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take Finasteride?
- Take Finasteride exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- You may take Finasteride with or without food.
If you forget to take Finasteride, do not take an extra tablet. Just take the next tablet as usual.
Finasteride will not work faster or better if you take it more than once a day.
What are the possible side effects of Finasteride?
decrease in your blood Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) levels. Finasteride can affect a blood test called PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) for the screening of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA test done you should tell your healthcare provider that you are taking Finasteride because Finasteride decreases PSA levels. Changes in PSA levels will need to be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Any increase in follow-up PSA levels from their lowest point may signal the presence of prostate cancer and should be evaluated, even if the test results are still within the normal range for men not taking Finasteride. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you have not been taking Finasteride as prescribed because this may affect the PSA test results. For more information, talk to your healthcare provider.
There may be an increased risk of a more serious form of prostate cancer in men taking finasteride at 5 times the dose of Finasteride.
The most common side effects of Finasteride include:
- decrease in sex drive
- trouble getting or keeping an erection
a decrease in the amount of semen
The following have been reported in general use with Finasteride:
- breast tenderness and enlargement. Tell your healthcare provider about any changes in your breasts such as lumps, pain or nipple discharge.
- decrease in sex drive that continued after stopping the medication;
- allergic reactions including rash, itching, hives and swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, and face;
- problems with ejaculation that continued after stopping medication;
- testicular pain;
- difficulty in achieving an erection that continued after stopping the medication;
- male infertility and/or poor quality of semen.
in rare cases, male breast cancer.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Finasteride. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.
How should I store Finasteride?
- Store Finasteride at room temperature between 59˚F to 86˚F (15˚C to 30˚C).
Keep Finasteride in a closed container and keep Finasteride tablets dry (protect from moisture).
Keep Finasteride and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of Finasteride.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in this Patient Information. Do not use Finasteride for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Finasteride to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.