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Name: Mark

Question: Hi I really appreciate your blog – it has some very reliable advice on various hairloss treatments and related research. I am curious about a hairloss treatment called Regenera Activa – it claims to be FDA and EU certified and seems to be very popular in terms of facilities offering it but I cannot find any research or press on the subject and it is not mentioned on your blog. Unless I have missed it somewhere. What is the Belgravia in-house view on this treatment (presumably you have chosen not to offer it?)

Answer: Hi, Mark. Many thanks for your kind words about the Belgravia blog, we’re glad you find it useful.

I have looked into Regenera Activa for you and this is an overview of my thoughts on the matter…

Regenera Activa rigenera micrografting hair restoration system

Although it may initially look like a type of harvesting tool used in hair transplant surgeries, the Regenera Activa system – called Rigenera (pictured) – though it does also collect hair follicles – breaks these donor follicles down to cells.

I believe the theory behind this micrografting method, which comes from Barcelona, is for these cells to act as stem cells and regenerate hair follicles when injected into the scalp. According to hair loss research information on the company website:

‘In this preliminary study, the authors have developed a new method to isolate human adult stem cells by mechanical centrifugation of punch biopsy from human hair follicles without culture condition, and they reported for the first time, up to our knowledge, the counting of these cells and the preliminary results obtained by the human follicle stem cells injections in the scalp of patients affected by AGA [androgenetic alopecia aka genetic hair loss], improving hair density.’

Regarding the FDA and European authorisations you mention this device having, the FDA clearance from the USA and CE kitemark it has been awarded for Europe relate to the marketing of the product.

CE kitemark certification is awarded to show that devices meet the relevant necessary EU directive criteria. Usually for medical devices this relates to their safety and, essentially, acknowledging they have been shown to do what they claim to. When they have been awarded CE certification – or FDA clearance – the devices can then be marketed for this specific purpose.

What these marks and clearances do not necessarily indicate is how effective a device is at doing what it claims to.

Regenera Activa rigenera micrografting hair restoration system certifications

Regenera Activa literature claims the technique produces new hair growth. Although it does show convincing photos, in my opinion I am still quite sceptical that the technique can create new hair growth, until actual hair follicles can be regenerated.

One of the good things about this novel procedure – as with existing FUE and FUT hair transplantation methods – is that they all use the patients’ own blood or tissues for the treatment. This helps to eliminate allergic reactions or rejection.

The idea appears to be sound and it is likely there is future in the concept. However, at the moment that’s all it is – a concept – as despite on-going research into this, no-one has yet been able to regenerate hair follicles in vitro.

Should it become possible to regenerate follicles in this way, assuming it was shown to be both safe and effective, how hair loss – including both Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss – is treated will change quite significantly. This would be a great breakthrough.

With regard to using Regenera Activa’s system, assuming that it works, as a means for preventing baldness from Male Pattern Hair Loss, patients would face the same issues that those who undergo hair transplants do in relation to long-term preservation of their results.

Namely, they would still need to use on-going aftercare which, at present, takes the form of either or both of the only MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss treatments. These are topical applications of high strength minoxidil to encourage hair growth, and one-a-day tablets of finasteride 1mg which inhibits the hormone which causes genetic hair thinning – dihydrotestosterone, better known as DHT.

DHT binds to susceptible hair follicles – those located from crown to hairline and temples – in men (and women) with pattern hair loss as they have an inherited sensitivity to the testosterone byproduct. This is a process known as follicular miniaturisation.

Even after any form of surgical hair restoration, DHT will continue to attack these hair follicles in genetically prone individuals, however, it will only result in further hair loss in the original follicles – not those replaced during surgery.

As these grafting procedures are rarely carried out on the entire area that is susceptible to Male Pattern Baldness, failing to deter further hairloss in this type of way may result in hair thinning and shedding around the restored areas. This can lead to extremely unnatural looking hair growth patterns, such as developing ‘islands’ of transplanted hairs surrounded by thinning areas or a receding hairline.

This may no longer be a concern should follicle regeneration become possible in humans as over-harvesting and having sufficient donor hair to carry out hair restoration involving the entire area affected by genetic hair loss would be less of an issue, if at all. The price may still provide a barrier though, at least while the procedure was new and limited in its availability – not to mention being in high demand should it be the first, or among the first, to offer hair replication techniques.

We will follow the development of Regenera Activa and publish updates on our blog as more information becomes available. Belgravia will not, however, be offering this type of invasive procedure as we specialise in non-surgical hair loss solutions and hair growth supporting products.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Michelle

Question: Hi, I read about oxygen scalp treatments and wondered if they might treat my hair loss – what do you think? I just have a bit of thinning around my temples and my hair doesn’t feel as thick as it used to be but it’s not terrible. I’d appreciate your advice.

Answer: Hi, Michelle. Oxygen scalp treatments are a fairly new innovation, similar to oxygen facials which have been around for quite a while, and are designed to thoroughly clean the pores and improve circulation.

We have looked in to Oxilogica – who claim to have developed this technique – briefly and its cosmetic procedures are being touted as beneficial for hair growth, however, we are unaware of any clinical research into this type of therapy for this purpose, or any verified scientific evidence to support such claims.

With that said, the idea behind this four-step process is solid and seems to have good quality, well thought out ingredients. These include biotin, azelaic acid, saw palmetto and vitamin E all applied directly to the scalp.

Promotional material for this service says it has been proven to encourage hair growth but, in my opinion, oxygen scalp treatments are more likely to be useful for improving the hair texture and quality, maintaining a healthy scalp and possibly good circulation, than they are for promoting hair growth in any meaningful way.

Whilst the concept of using stem cells from the Stella Alpina’s roots to stimulate hair growth is a good one, I have looked into this and there does not appear to be any independent evidence to support this.

These treatments are generally offered by hairdressing salons or clinics as part of an on-going course, rather than as a one-off. From what I have seen of them, it is unlikely oxygen scalp therapy would show sufficient effects on hair growth to warrant this being the primary reason anyone would undergo such a course, and – in answer to your question – it is extremely doubtful that they would have any effect on hair loss.

The thinning hair you describe sounds consistent with a diagnosis of Female Pattern Hair Loss; This is an hereditary genetic condition that is both permanent and progressive, but can generally be successfully managed with an appropriate hair loss treatment course.

At Belgravia we offer patients presenting with this condition tailored hair loss solutions featuring topical applications of high strength minoxidil, often paired with additional hair growth supporting products.

Minoxidil is clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of genetic hair loss in women and helps to stimulate hair growth in the affected areas.

This is currently the only women’s hair loss treatment that has been authorised in these ways by both the UK and USA medical regulatory boards as being both safe and effective.

A consultation, either in person at a hair loss clinic or online, will help you to determine the precise cause of your thinning and receive professional treatment recommendations tailored to your diagnosis and needs.

Whilst we don’t believe there to be any substantial hair growth benefits, nor any hair loss treatment elements to oxygen scalp treatments, if you’d like to try them, we don’t think it’s a bad thing to do for your hair.

As before, it may help to improve your hair’s texture and quality whilst also keeping your scalp clean and healthy – which is important – but if the aim is to treat thinning hair, we would recommend using this cosmetic therapy in addition to taking a more established, medically-sound route.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Stu

Question: Hi. I keep reading about ‘the big 3’ hair loss treatments for men. Can you tell me what these are and how I get them?

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Answer: Hi, Stu. There is no official definition of ‘The Big Three’ when it comes to hair loss treatments for men and, as such, there are a number of variations, depending on who you ask.

One thing most will agree on is that two of ‘The Big Three’ are finasteride 1mg and high strength minoxidil – currently the only two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatments for Male Pattern Baldness.

Finasteride 1mg is a one-a-day oral tablet taken to inhibit formation of the cause of follicular miniaturisation, the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It is often referred to as ‘Propecia‘, as that was the medication’s first authorised brand name, despite there being various brands offering this drug now.

By targeting the substance that causes thinning hair directly, the aim is to allow hair to grow unhindered, preventing baldness with on-going use.

Minoxidil is a topical vasodilator; a hair loss solution applied directly to the scalp in order to promote accelerated localised hair growth. This is a dose-dependent drug which, when used in high strength formulations, can be particularly beneficial to stubborn areas of shedding, such as a thinning crown or a receding hairline.

You may find some people, especially in online hair loss forums, recommend the use of another DHT-blocker, dutasteride, instead of or in addition to finasteride. It would appear this advice is opinion-based and comes from people who are not medically qualified as dutasteride is not a licensed hair loss treatment in the UK and its off-label use for this purpose is not something Belgravia professionals support or condone.

Some people cite Nizoral or Alpecin shampoo as the third member of the Big Three club. However, we are unaware of any reliable scientific evidence that these cleansers have anything other than a cosmetic effect on the hair.

The third space, in our opinion, should go to FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices such as the HairMax LaserBand, as this non-invasive method of follicle-stimulation has been shown in clinical trials to improve hair density.

This form of therapy can be self-administered, at home, and used alongside either or both of the two authorised hair loss medications.

If you are worried about losing your hair and would like personalised treatment recommendations and hair growth supporting product suggestions based on your condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, we recommend visiting a dedicated hair loss specialist for professional advice, even if this is just an information-gathering exercise.

There is a lot of mis-information from unqualified sources, particularly on the internet, regarding hair growth products and treating male hair loss, so it can be beneficial – and, we often hear, comforting – to get advice from an experienced expert before deciding which route is best for you.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Ian

Question: I recently started taking finasteride but am not sure it’s working. I’ve been on it for just over 2 weeks and am thinking of adding in dutasteride. If I want to do this, how often should I take the dutasteride, assuming I continue to take the finasteride every day? I’m 24 with Male Pattern Baldness approx. NW3.

Answer: Hi, Ian. There’s quite a lot to unpack here so, in order to answer your question fully, let’s start with the mechanisms of finasteride and dutasteride.

Dutasteride/Avodart
Avodart is one of the brand names for dutasteride

Both finasteride 1mg and dutasteride are oral 5α-reductase inhibitors which decrease the formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. This is the hormone responsible for follicular miniaturisation in men with a genetic predisposition to Male Pattern Baldness(the process which causes gradually thinning hair and/or a receding hairline, a drop in hair density, shedding and can lead to eventual baldness).

Each of these medications was originally developed as a treatment for an enlarged prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – BPH), and this remains the only authorised use for dutasteride in the UK at present.

The 5α-reductase enzyme, responsible for converting testosterone to DHT, exists in two forms: Type 1 and Type 2. Finasteride selectively inhibits Type 2 whereas dutasteride inhibits both forms.

Studies have been done which show that the two drugs used together have significant results. However, it is important to remember that both these medications also have significant potential side effects associated with them and, if both were used together, the side effects would likely be greater when combining finasteride and dutasteride together rather than using either alone.

Dutasteride is more potent and has a longer half life (this refers to the length of time it stays in the bloodstream). Therefore, users would be more prone to the occurrence of adverse effects, which would most probably also be more persistent due to the fact that the drug remains in the body for a longer period of time.

Finasteride 1mg Aindeem tablets
Finasteride 1mg is available under a number of brand names, including Aindeem and Propecia

Finasteride 1mg is currently the only DHT-blocker that is licensed by the UK’s medical regulatory board, the MHRA to treat male hair loss. It is also the only FDA-approved treatment of its kind in the USA.

Dutasteride is not authorised for this purpose in the UK or USA. As such, it is unlikely a medical professional in either country would prescribe this to you.

Given using it as a hair loss treatment is an off license use, and despite there being a greater potential for improved results using dutasteride and finasteride together, we do not recommend this combination due to dutasteride’s use being off-licence and the increased potential for side effects.

If you are planning on acquiring dutasteride via an unauthorised supplier, such as a website, we must caution against this. There are many risks – from the hair loss products sold being counterfeit, mislabelled, or something other than they purport to be – an issue with potentially fatal consequences – to the medication being out of date and ineffective or simply a placebo.

The MHRA has been raising awareness of the growing problem of buying medication, including hair loss treatments, from unauthorised sources as this can have such serious ramifications.

We would advise you ensure your finasteride 1mg, which is widely available for prescription for male pattern hair loss in the UK, is also from a legitimate source. If it is not, then we recommend switching to a batch from an authorised, registered pharmacy so that you know what you are using is safe and should have little qualms about its efficacy given you know it has the requisite provenance.

With regards not seeing any effects from finasteride use so far, we consider it to be far too early on for you to be seeing results. Generally, it can take between three to six months from first starting the medication – assuming it is taken once per day, every day, as directed – to see progress. The more advanced the hair loss, the longer it can take, however.

In cases where the response to one form of treatment is not as expected, additional elements can be considered, depending upon the individual’s medical suitability.

This ranges from adding in the only other MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved genetic hair loss treatment, high strength minoxidil, which is applied directly to the scalp to help stimulate hair growth, to using hair growth supporting products such as FDA-cleared low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, the HairMax LaserBand or LaserComb for example.

If you would like personalised treatment recommendations and advice on your current situation, a consultation with a professional hair loss specialist may be advisable, even if you do decide to still ‘go it alone’ afterwards.

Whatever you decide, we must reiterate that self-medicating and procuring drugs from unauthorised sources can be dangerous and should be avoided.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Christian

Question: I started using fin and minox from the chemist three months ago and now I have acne. Is it from the treatments and will it go away or do I have to stop using them?

Answer: Hi, Christian. Firstly, as you are not a Belgravia client we would recommend checking directly with your medication provider. This is because they should know more about the precise products you are using and your medical profile.

skin condition acne

Our general advice, however, is that acne is not a listed side effect for either finasteride 1mg or topical minoxidil. You can check the listed known adverse events on the patient information leaflets which should come with your medications, or can be provided by the pharmacist you purchased them from.

People do respond differently to treatments though, so, if you think your hair loss products may be causing acne, it may be a good idea to stop the treatment for a while and see if your skin condition improves.

If the acne gets better, you may restart your treatments one at a time and note if the acne returns.

Should stopping hair loss treatment have no effect on your acne, there is most likely another cause behind it and you should contact your GP.

Tell them of any medications – oral or topical – and food supplements you are using during your appointment so that they can make a full assessment.

There are many potential causes of acne, including genetics, and your GP should be able to help you establish the reason behind your skin condition, and advise you on how best to clear these spots up.

We have assumed that the acne you refer to is on your face and/or body; if it is on your scalp, we recommend seeing a hair specialist for a consultation in addition to taking the above steps.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Henry

Question: I missed my dose of finasteride last night, what do I do? I take one 1mg tablet every day but I fell asleep early last night and forgot to take it before I went to bed do do I take two today or do I just accept that I missed a day? Will missing a dose have any effect on my hair? Please help!

Answer: Hi, Henry. As you know, finasteride 1mg is meant to be taken once per day. When you miss a dose, you should just continue to take your tablet as normal – again, only one per day – the next day.

Missing just one dose is unlikely to have any meaningful effect on your hair growth, however, if you start to miss doses regularly, your progress is likely to slow down and it may cause your hair loss to resume.

Finasteride 1mg Aindeem tablets

Do not double-up and take two the next day to make up for the one you missed. You must not do this, as is clearly stated on the patient information leaflet which should accompany your medication.

We understand you are not a Belgravia patient so if you are missing the patient information leaflet from your hair loss treatment – this is generally contained inside the packaging – please explain this to your treatment provider, or the pharmacist from which you purchased the medication.

They may give you a copy or direct you to a relevant online copy, but either way it is vital that you have this information.

We would always be suspicious when a person is not provided with the relevant information, including the leaflet that details everything you need to know about finasteride for Male Pattern Hair Loss before starting treatment.

If you bought the tablets online or from any potentially unauthorised vendor, and have no-one to contact about this, we would recommend both purchasing your treatment elsewhere in the future, and checking in with your doctor, just to be on the safe side.

There are currently many issues with stolen or fake medication being sold, which may mean that what you believe to be ‘finasteride tablets’ may not be what they were sold as, or may be out of date, or even just unsuitable for you based on your medical profile.

It’s certainly worth having a consultation with a specialist at a dedicated hair loss clinic just to ensure you are on the optimum treatment course for your condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical and lifestyle needs.

They may also be able to help with tips for working your treatment into your daily routine to minimise the risk of you forgetting doses, as well as to help you get the most out of your treatment course.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Blake

Question: I read about this new product called HairGenesis. Do you rate it for Male Pattern Baldness? I’m looking for a men’s hair loss treatment I can use at home.

Answer: Hi, Blake. We have not used this product, nor are we aware of anyone else who has, but we have looked into this for you.

From what we have seen, HairGenesis does not appear to be a hair loss treatment; it seems to be a food supplement or similar.

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Medication which is designed to treat any health issue is required to be authorised by the individual country’s medical regulatory board, such as the MHRA and FDA in the UK and America. HairGenesis is not MHRA-licensed, nor is it FDA-approved to treat Male Pattern Baldness, nor any other type of hair loss.

We can see from the way in which the product is being marketed how there may be some confusion, but company literature detailing information about the ingredients suggest that this is not a hair loss ‘treatment’ in the truest sense. Furthermore, what we have seen of the clinical trial data is vague.

HairGenesis claims to contain natural 5AR, or DHT, blockers – DHT being the testosterone byproduct which causes thinning hair in cases of genetic hairloss. It is likely this reference is in relation to saw palmetto, an natural ingredient thought to lower DHT levels and which also features in the highly-targeted Belgravia hair supplement, Hair Vitalics for Men.

The product does not contain the only clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved Male Pattern Baldness treatments, the DHT inhibiting tablet finasteride 1mg and the topical hair loss solution, high strength minoxidil. Therefore, it is unlikely to significantly prevent hair loss nor actively promote hair growth on its own.

Overall, whilst HairGenesis claims to have established “the effectiveness of naturally occurring 5AR inhibitors against AGA [androgenetic alopecia] for the first time,” it seems this product is a reasonable mix of herbal preparations that would currently probably be better thought of as a nutritional support, in both its topical and oral forms.

The established forms of pharmaceutical treatments outlined above can be used at home, either individually or in tandem, as well as alongside secondary hair growth supporting products – the category we feel HairGenesis is likely best suited to.

If you would like personalised recommendations based upon your condition, level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, a consultation with a hair loss specialist will provide all of these, as well as answering any further queries you may have.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Pat

Question: I’m still losing my hair even though I take Loniten oral minoxidil 5mg every day which I order online. What can I do to stop the hair loss and hopefully grow back some of the hair I’ve lost? I have MPB and am a Norwood 3.

Answer: Hi, Pat. You don’t mention whereabouts you are based but, whilst minoxidil is one of the only two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments to be both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, it is only authorised for use topically in this regard.

Oral minoxidil is not an authorised hair loss medication in the UK, nor the USA. However, low dose oral therapy is sometimes recommended to patients who fail to respond to topically administered high strength minoxidil as a novel treatment under the guidance of medical professionals.

In such instances the dosage is generally set at 0.625mg per day – substantially lower than the amount you say you are taking.

Even then, at this low dose, it is still not suitable for some people, including those with heart or kidney problems, phaeochromocytoma or acute porphyria. Additionally oral minoxidil is unsuitable for use by men trying to start a family; this is not the case with topical formulations.

Even when taking such low-dose oral therapy, there are a number of lifestyle elements to be wary of, which are usually monitored by the medical team prescribing the drugs. These include minimising alcohol consumption to avoid significant lowering of blood pressure, monitoring caffeine consumption as high amounts from drinks or certain cold or flu medications may increase the risk of a rapid heart rate or palpitations.

Official prescription Loniten users are monitored during their usage, with pulse and blood pressure readings being regularly taken.

Topical minoxidil was developed as a superior hairloss treatment to oral minoxidil, which was discovered when used to treat high blood pressure where it was seen to encourage hair growth as a side effect in patients.

By administering the drug directly to the scalp it is absorbed precisely where it is needed, rather than entering the blood stream via the digestive system, then circulating in the hope of reaching the genetically-sensitive follicles along the top of the scalp. It also reduces the side effect profile of the drug.

We must caution that buying any medication or hair loss treatments online carries a number of risks, especially when self-medicating without proper professional assessment and guidance. Treatments for any condition should only ever be prescribed based upon an expert diagnosis that takes into account your full medical history.

Furthermore, as the MHRA has repeatedly warned, buying medications online is an especially risky business. The drugs could be counterfeit, out of date and repackaged, or stolen.

The consequences of taking medication that is not what it purports to be, and where it has not been prescribed and sold for a specific person and purpose by a reputable vendor – where treatment is first checked for contraindications against any existing medication or supplements being taken, or any existing health issues, including a family history of certain concerns – can have extremely serious consequences.

We cannot recommend strongly enough that you have consultations with experts, whether a hair loss specialist or dermatologist, to garner specialised advice, a confirmed diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations. It could be that your treatment is not working because it is not what it says it is, or that it is simply unsuitable for your level of hair loss which these consultations would help you to establish.

It is also worthwhile discussing your plans with a doctor such as your GP before ordering prescription medication online. As you do not have the on-going support of a dedicated treatment advisor, take every precaution possible to ensure what you are taking is genuine and as suitable and safe for you as possible.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Jean

sweaty scalp sweating hyperhidrosis scalp conditionQuestion: Hi. I have hyperhidrosis so I have a really sweaty scalp, I’m worried that it means I won’t be able to use hair loss treatments. Please advise.

Answer: Hi, Jean. A couple of points before we answer your question…

Firstly, we will assume that your hyperhidrosis has been medically diagnosed for the purposes of answering your query, but if it hasn’t, we recommend seeing a doctor about this. There can be a number of reasons for a sweaty scalp and they may also be able to offer you treatment solutions.

Secondly, you don’t mention the hair loss condition you are experiencing or give a description of the type of shedding, so we will give you a general response but for personalised information it is best to have a private consultation, either in person or online, with a hair specialist.

We are unaware of any contraindications that suggests people with hyperhidrosis cannot use hair loss treatments on a medical basis. However, as you might expect, due to the scalp regularly being moist-to-wet there can be issues with the use of topical hair loss solutions.

Currently there are only two MHRA licensed and FDA approved treatments for genetic hairloss; one is topical (high strength minoxidil), the other comes in a tablet form and is only suitable for men (finasteride 1mg). Anyone with hyperhidrosis using the former should be sure to apply minoxidil daily at the time when their scalp is at its driest. Applying when the scalp is wet – whether from sweat or water – can compromise its effectiveness by diluting the medication. Therefore, if your scalp is permanently damp, this topical approach may not be as successful for you.

There are other options you can try, however, if you find yourself unable to use minoxidil. These include low-level laser therapy (LLLT) which can be self-administered at home, a few times per week and helps to stimulate the hair follicles.

Whether LLLT devices such as the FDA-cleared HairMax LaserComb are suitable for you specifically, based on your medical profile and type of hair loss, can be addressed via a consultation with a specialist. They can discuss your conditions, pattern and level of shedding and formulate appropriate treatment recommendations based on this information.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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Name: Eva

Question: I saw these Mirenesse sheet masks for hair advertised that claim to stimulate hair growth and fight hair loss if you use them regularly – do you think they’ll work?

hair sheet mask serumAnswer: Hi, Eva. It’s certainly an interesting and innovative product! We have not physically used these hair sheet masks but we have examined the claims, ingredients, and the delivery method in order to answer your question.

Firstly, the novel self-heating thermal sheet mask style of the product seems extremely easy to use; secondly, the ingredients in the serum suggest it could result in a soft, silky texture due to the ingredients being aimed at conditioning the hair. This is likely to be similar to the effect produced from home remedies used to nourish the hair, such as good quality hair oils applied to damp hair that is then wrapped in clingfilm.

With regards whether the mask can stimulate hair growth, this relates to an ingredient called AnaGaine. This completed a very small clinical trial on 10 people for 14 days, with applications of its product twice per day. Obviously no-one is applying this sheet mask to their hair twice per day, every day, and the small-scale study, due to its size, is unlikely to yield particularly reliable, conclusive data as to whether or not it has a positive effect on hair growth.

In reference to the hair loss claims, we cannot see any basis for this and the packaging does not actually mention which hair loss condition it is meant to help prevent. When addressing conditions such as Female Pattern Hair Loss, any topical treatment has to be used regularly, at least once per day as per the product’s instructions, in order to have any effect on hair growth.

The only potential benefit we can see that could possibly tie into their claim of fighting hair loss is when it is caused by hair breakage – though this is not actually a hairloss condition. Breakage occurs where weakened and/or damaged hair becomes so brittle that it snaps in two along the shaft. It is often seen in cases of over-processing from chemicals such as bleach, perming or relaxing solutions, or from over-styling where there is repeated use of heated tools, including straightening irons, tongs and even too-hot hairdryers.

This leaves behind frazzled-looking hair which can also give the appearance of thinning but can usually be dealt with effectively via a good haircut and intensive conditioning treatments, hence the Mirenesse sheet mask may benefit hair damaged to this level.

So, as to its overall efficacy and whether it will work, it seems like a decent haircare product for conditioning the hair, though we remain unconvinced as to its alleged hair growth and hair loss prevention properties. If you are worried about excessive hair fall or thinning hair, it is advisable to have a consultation with a specialist who can provide you with both a diagnosis and appropriate, personalised hair loss treatment recommendations, based on their findings.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. 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 world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.


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