If you plant a flower, all it needs is water to grow. But no one can doubt the added benefits provided by sunlight and fertiliser. You can think of hair growth in the same way. It’s clinically proven that minoxidil can singularly promote growth and help prevent hair loss, but some people find that there are certain things that give this treatment an added boost which may help improve their results.
Minoxidil is a topical liquid and a clinically proven and MHRA-licensed treatment for hair loss. However, its limitation lies in its inability to combat the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormonal by-product that causes genetic patterns of hair loss in men and women. Propecia is a hair loss treatment that is effective for this purpose, but the MHRA have only licensed it for use in men, not women.
Now, if you plant a flower and provide it with water, sunlight and fertiliser, it will grow, but not as well as it should if the soil contains a parasite. Women need an alternative to finasteride 1mg that can help block the production of hair loss causing DHT, so they too can address the cause rather than simply try to make the most out of a bad patch of soil. Equally, some men may prefer to use just one product rather than incorporate two into their daily routine, and adding certain ingredients to minoxidil might be a desirable alternative for them.
The Belgravia Centre finds that male hair loss is most effectively stabilised and reversed when finasteride 1mg and minoxidil are correctly prescribed and synchronised for an individual and supported with a variety of hair growth boosters. These clinically-proven products compliment each other because they work toward the same outcome but in different ways.
When Propecia/finasteride 1mg is not an option, some minoxidil formulations include booster ingredients instead and may help to produce superior results. This can mean incorporating either medroxyprogesterone (MPG) or azelaic acid (AA), depending on the findings of an individual diagnosis. When these products are added, or if the minoxidil concentration is increased above 2% and 5% for women and men respectively, it becomes a prescribed treatment.
Azelaic acid is a licensed medicine used to treat acne and sold under the brand name Skinoren, but it is also thought to have properties that may be beneficial in the treatment of hair loss. Azelaic acid kills bacteria associated with acne and also reduces the growth of keratin surface (the harder, outermost) skin cells, thereby working to prevent sebaceous oil build up from blocking the hair follicle, reducing inflammation and allowing for normal hair growth.
Medroxyprogesterone is a licensed medicine sold under various brand names such as Climanor, Premique and Provera. It is it is normally taken in tablet form to help regulate irregular periods and is an active ingredient in some birth control treatments. But it is also an anti-androgen and, when applied topically to the scalp, is a competitive inhibitor of DHT for 5-alpha reductase as it replaces or supplements the naturally produced hormone progesterone. At the base of the hair follicle is an on-off switch, more commonly referred to as a “receptor”. Three things compete for binding to the hair follicle receptor – testosterone, DHT and progesterone. If the latter is bound to the receptor, it is accepted that DHT cannot be bound and therefore will not interfere with the hair follicle lifecycle and lead to hair loss.
Though minoxidil is itself clinically proven to help treat hair loss, both men and women can benefit from a fully comprehensive approach. The Belgravia Centre offers a wide range of high strength minoxidil products and boosters to help treat thinning hair, nourish the follicles, and provide an optimum environment for the renewal and maintenance of healthy hair growth.
For more information on the medications and hair loss treatments available from Belgravia please contact the centre directly.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.