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Name: Junaid

Question: I have been advised to wash out my second application of minoxidil 30 minutes after application by a hair loss specialist, but have seen elsewhere this isn’t advisable. Which is correct?

Answer: Hi, Junaid. Whether you are applying minoxidil once or twice per day, it is extremely important that you leave the solution on and do not wash it off.

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This is something Belgravia hair loss specialists advise all our clients. The reason is that, in order for high strength minoxidil to work as effectively as possible, it needs to be fully absorbed into the scalp.

The absolute minimum time you should allow for absorption is 30 minutes, but in order to achieve the best possible results, the longer you can leave it on, the better.

Based on a 1990 study, it is believed that 50% of a minoxidil application is absorbed into the scalp after 1 hour, and 75% is absorbed after 4 hours.

As such, leaving your solution on for only half an hour before washing it off suggests only a quarter is likely to be absorbed. Therefore, you could be making your hair loss treatment around 75% less effective than it could be if it you allowed to absorb properly.

Therefore, to make the most out of your treatment it should ideally be left on for as long as possible – there is no need to wash it off. Rather, apply it after washing and drying your hair; if your scalp is still wet it can dilute the minoxidil, again reducing its efficacy.

This applies to both your twice-daily applications; always use on a dry scalp and do not wash off in order to maximise the drug’s efficacy. If you want to go swimming or shower after applying minoxidil, you are best advised to wear a swim or shower cap to protect the hair and allow the product to absorb.

You should find all this information on the patient information leaflet that accompanied your hair loss solution. You may also want to double-check with your advisor to ensure you have fully understood their instructions and discuss any concerns you may have about your treatment, to make sure you are doing everything you can to ensure this hair growth product works as well as possible for you.

As we see that you are not a Belgravia patient, if you would like a second opinion on your current regime, you are very welcome to have a consultation with our specialists.


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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: Chris

Question: I’m getting married in November and I’m worried that my hair is getting really thin and I don’t think it’s just wedding stress. My father’s bald and I don’t really remember him ever having thick hair. I’m 29 and my hairline is good but the hair on top of my head and at the back is getting thinner all the time. I’ve been looking into starting treatment because I want my hair to look good in the wedding photos but I’m worried about the initial shedding periods I’ve been reading about. When should I start treatment so my hair looks its best and I’m not losing even more hair because of the shedding during my wedding?

Answer: Hi, Chris. From the brief description you give here, it does sound likely that you are experiencing Male Pattern Baldness.

This genetic condition can be prematurely triggered or exacerbated by stress and organising a wedding can certainly be stressful!

Thinning hair on top and a thinning crown are typical signs of Male Pattern Hair Loss, as is a drop in hair density. There are, as you’ll no doubt have read during your research, clinically-proven male hair loss treatments that can help with preventing baldness and encouraging hair growth, however.

Finasteride 1mg, the oral tablet taken once-a-day to inhibit DHT formation, helps to prevent the cause of follicular miniaturisation, while topical applications of high strength minoxidil encourage accelerated hair growth. Both are MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices use medical-grade laser beams on the scalp to stimulate the follicles, boosting hair growth, strength and condition.

Any hair loss treatment or device, such as the FDA-cleared LaserBand, which influences the hair growth cycle can cause shedding within the first few weeks or months of using it. However, the amount of hair fall that occurs during this time varies from person to person; whilst some people may experience significant hair loss, others may barely notice it.

You can find out more in these articles about minoxidil shedding, finasteride shedding, and low level laser therapy shedding.

As this shedding period tends to happen at some point during the first two-to-three months, with response to the treatment becoming visually noticeable at the three-to-four month mark, ideally we would recommend starting your course a minimum of at least four months prior to your wedding.

Given you are getting married in November and it is now the end of May, starting now would give you a good six month lead-in.

You can find out more about timings in our Levels of Hair Growth from Hair Loss Treatment page.

It is important to remember, however, that this information and that given information above are based on mild to moderate Male Pattern Baldness. In cases where the hairloss is more extensive, it can obviously take longer to see results.

Whilst this general advice should give you a rough guideline as to what to expect, in order to get personalised hair loss advice based on your current level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile, we recommend having a consultation with a specialist.

At Belgravia this can be done in person – something we always recommend, where possible – or, if you are based outside London, UK, or abroad, you may find an online consultation, which allows you to upload photos, more convenient.

We wish you all the best for your wedding day and hope you get the hair you want in time for the photos!


The Belgravia Centre

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: Pretty

Question: I applied hair dye and slept with it overnight, now I have patches where the scalp is almost bald and shiny and very thin hair grows on the patches. Will my hair ever grow back to normal? What can I use to treat my follicles?? It’s been more than an year now

Answer: Hi, Pretty. We would need a little more information in order to correctly answer your query. For instance, you have not mentioned how your scalp reacted at the time when you slept with the hair dye on overnight.

Patches of hair loss can present when the follicles are damaged – which can occur as a result of chemical burns from hair dye or bleach – but, there would have been sores or scabs initially.

Follicle damage happens as the scalp heals; the resulting hair loss is known as Chemical Trauma.

If the scalp has been scarred, this may result in permanent bald patches, however, if the hair follicles are still capable of producing hair and you have no medical contraindications, an appropriate course of hair loss treatment may help to encourage regrowth.

Supplementary hair growth supporting products may also be recommended to ensure the hair you do have, and any regrowth, is in the best possible condition.

However, your bald patches may be due to another type of hair loss depending on the location of the hair thinning.

I highly recommend having a consultation with a reputable specialist at a dedicated hair loss clinic so that your condition – or conditions, as it is possible for more than one to be present at the same time – can be professionally diagnosed.

The extent of any damage to the follicles can also be assessed and, where appropriate, suitable recommendations for hair loss solutions can then be made based on their findings and your medical profile.

Given your specific situation, we would recommend having an in-person consultation so that your scalp can be properly observed. If this is not possible and you wish to have an online consultation, please read our guide to taking photos of hair loss so that you can include as many of these as you need to before submitting your form. This will assist greatly in getting the most accurate diagnosis and advice.


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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: Gavin

Question: I’ve been using hair loss treatment for male pattern baldness for 1.2 years and it’s been going well but now I’m shedding more hair than I used to before I started treatment – is this normal? I want to know can you still lose hair when you use minox, fin and nizoral or does it mean my treatment isn’t working any more. Thanks.

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Answer: Hi, Gavin. Everyone, regardless of whether they have a hair loss condition or not, sheds hair regularly.

This is simply a regular part of the hair growth cycle whereby older hairs are constantly being replaced by newer ones. It is normal to lose up to 100 or so hairs per day without there being any need for concern.

We would need further information regarding the hair loss you are currently seeing in order to provide you with a confirmed diagnosis and recommendations so having a consultation either in person or online, would be beneficial to get a more accurate, personalised answer. For now, however, we can give you some general advice to your query.

You note treating your Male Pattern Baldness with a combination of the only two clinically-proven male hair loss treatments, minoxidil and finasteride 1mg. As Nizoral is simply a shampoo it is unlikely to have any significant effect on your hair growth.

Finasteride 1mg inhibits the formation of DHT, which is what causes the thinning hair and drop in hair density symptomatic of Male Pattern Hair Loss. High strength minoxidil promotes accelerated, localised hair growth. This can extend the active growth phase of the hair cylce, but does not prevent normal shedding from occurring.

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Whilst shedding is possible when you first start using minoxidil and/or finasteride, as you have been on your current course for over a year, this is not applicable here.

In many cases, every day hair fall is barely noticeable so the fact you are aware of this and believe you are shedding a considerable amount suggests there may be another factor at play beyond genetic hair loss.

The first thing we would have you look for is where the hair is shedding from – is it just the top that is affected or is it the whole scalp? Secondly, think back to anything unusual which may have taken place around three months ago, particularly any illnesses, accidents or stressful life events.

Male Pattern Baldness only affects the area of the scalp along the vertex (top) from hairline and temples to crown, however, temporary hair loss conditions such as Telogen Effluvium cause diffuse shedding from the entire scalp.

Whilst it may appear to come on suddenly, Telogen Effluvium, which can affect over 30 per cent of scalp hairs and tends to last for no longer than six months, is generally triggered three months prior to hair fall becoming noticeable.

The most common cause of this temporary shedding is stress; this can be emotional or physical, including issues such as dietary imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, an underlying illness, accident, or surgery.

This type of temporary hairloss can present simultaneously alongside Male Pattern Baldness or on its own, and should clear up naturally within a few months.

Another potential issue that can cause excessive hair fall is seasonal shedding. Although this tends to happen during the winter months, it can also happen at other points during the year and, again, rights itself without any need for intervention.

As before, the best way to find out exactly what is behind your current shedding is to have a hair loss specialist examine your scalp or conduct an online consultation using photos. They can then determine what is the cause and whether your current hair loss treatment regimen is appropriate for your situation.


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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: Brenda

Question: I just realised I’ve nearly run out of minoxidil I’ve been using to treat my female pattern baldness. I bought a year’s worth in November and now it’s nearly June and I’ve only got a couple of weeks worth left. I don’t feel like I have side effects or lots of regrowth, my hair is maybe a bit less thin but it’s still not as thick as it used to be. Can I keep over-using minoxidil or should I start using the right dose now? I can’t really only use the right amount because it doesn’t cover my whole scalp so if I really do have to use the proper dose can you advise me how to make it cover everywhere?

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Answer: Hi, Brenda. Thanks for your queries, over-using medication is never a good idea and certainly not something Belgravia would advise, but let’s address each of your concerns in order…

Firstly, you mention you have female pattern baldness – we would query if this is a professional diagnosis?

You also say you bought a year’s worth of minoxidil so, as the specialist pharmacies in each of our hair loss clinics do not dispense 12 months of high strength minoxidil in one go, we are assuming you are using over-the-counter products without the support or supervision of a trained advisor.

If you have self-diagnosed your hair loss condition, it is certainly worthwhile having an expert assess you as you also mention having to apply your treatment to your ‘whole scalp’; this is not the case for women with Female Pattern Hair Loss.

There are also numerous reasons for thinning hair in women, so it’s important to first know exactly what you are dealing with.

When using any medication – including hair loss treatment – it is crucial to follow the instructions provided to the letter. Over-using drugs will not make them work better or faster, but it may lead to an increased risk of side effects.

Just because you have not experienced any adverse reactions from over-using minoxidil just yet, this does not mean you will continue to be symptom-free.

We highly recommend you drop down to the recommended dosage and use your treatment exactly as stated on the product, or its packaging or patient information leaflet, from now on.

With regards to having the medication cover your scalp, the affected area in cases of genetic hair loss is the top of the scalp – from hairline and temples to crown – only. As such, there is no need to apply minoxidil to other areas of your scalp.

If your hair loss condition is confirmed as androgenic alopecia and you still find this area to large to cover with the recommended dose, we advise one of two things…

Firstly, you can either try your best to cover the relevant areas of your scalp and, for example, if you feel you didn’t get quite enough coverage in one area, such as the crown, that time, the next time you apply your dose, ensure this area is properly covered on the next application. You can repeat this process each time.

Secondly, you may find it easier to ensure proper coverage if you switch to a different formulation eg. from a foam to a liquid, so this is also worth trying if you are still having difficulty with your applications. However, you must stick with the recommended dose and must not use two different formulations at one time.

If you are concerned that after the six or so months you have been using minoxidil that you are not seeing the results you had hoped for, it may be that you are not using the right mix of female hair loss treatments for your level and pattern of shedding.

In addition to checking you are using the optimum formulation of minoxidil, a hair loss specialist can also recommend additional hair growth supporting products which you could add in to your existing hair regimen and may find beneficial.

These range from FDA-cleared low level laser therapy devices, such as the LaserBand, which has been shown to stimulate the follicles, helping to promote strong, healthy hair growth, to highly-targeted one-a-day food supplements.

Even if you later decide not to go ahead with these additional options, we still believe it is worthwhile checking in with an expert so they can assess your scalp and ensure you are using the correct treatment and optimum dose for your condition and medical profile.


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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: Micah

Question: I need to buy travel insurance but I’m not sure if I have to disclose my hair loss on the list of existing health conditions, can you help?

Answer: Hi, Micah. This is really a question for the travel insurance company as each insurer is likely to have their own set of rules regarding which medical conditions must be disclosed.

As such, we would highly recommend checking with your potential insurance providers first so that you can be certain of having the correct information.

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However, as a general rule,
for the purposes of travel insurance ‘pre-existing medical conditions’ declarations, hair loss is not widely considered a ‘health issue’ nor an existing medical condition.

This is the case for the majority of hair loss conditions, especially Male Pattern Baldness, Female Pattern Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata and Traction Alopecia as the insurance industry largely classes these issues as ‘cosmetic’.

You don’t mention the cause of your shedding but if the hair loss is the result of an illness or medical treatment, for instance cancer and chemotherapy or radiotherapy, or Telogen Effluvium due to, for example, an underlying thyroid problem, it is the health condition that should be listed on the form, rather than the hair loss it causes as a side effect.

Reputable UK consumer rights organisation, Which? published an article on 13th May 2019 about this subject which you may find interesting. It lists the pre-existing medical conditions that must be declared when purchasing travel insurance. As per our advice above, it does also caution that the buyer should always check with their individual insurer before buying, in order to ensure they have provided the correct information necessary to validate their cover.

The key conditions Which? listed, as provided by Medical Travel Compared, are as follows and generally apply if they have been present within the past two years:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Diagnosed complications with a current pregnancy
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma – current or any historic cases
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure – current or any historic cases
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression
  • Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Cancer – current or any historic cases

We hope this information is helpful; have a great holiday!


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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: Jed

Question: I just started using minoxidil today. When will I start shedding? That’s a sign that it’s working, right?

Answer: Hi, Jed. There is no guarantee that you will see any shedding but you shouldn’t let this concern you.

The initial shedding period that can occur when first starting to use minoxidil tends to happen at around two-to-six weeks into treatment.

Where Male Pattern Baldness is concerned, as with the pattern and rate of hair loss, how much shedding occurs is personal to each individual. Various factors are involved in determining how much and when hair is shed, including whereabouts you are in your hair growth cycle when you first start treatment. It is hair in or about to enter the Telogen (resting) phase that is shed as it gets pushed out by the newer growth, some will be the thinner hair but most will be the darker, thicker hair.

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Whilst shedding is a good sign, as it signals your use of minoxidil is having the desired effect, the amount that is shed differs from person to person; in some cases, it may be far less noticeable than in others. Therefore, if you don’t notice as much hair fall as you might expect, don’t be put off.

We recommend sticking with your treatment for at least four months, before reviewing how you are getting on. As you are not a Belgravia client, at that point, if you have any queries about its efficacy, we advise speaking with your minoxidil provider. You can also have a consultation with another hair loss specialist if you would like a second opinion, or to explore other potential hair loss solutions open to you based on your specific situation.

There are various hair loss treatment options for treating Male Pattern Baldness, as long as the follicles are still functioning and capable of producing hair – even if, at present, it is thinning hair.

Besides high strength minoxidil, other clinically-proven products include the one-a-day DHT-blocking tablet, finasteride 1mg, and low-level laser therapy delivered via an FDA-cleared device such as the LaserComb or LaserBand. This is a targeted, at-home light therapy which stimulates the follicles in order to strengthen hair and promote regrowth.

As before, unless you have any adverse reactions – in which case you should stop treatment immediately and speak to your minoxidil provider as a matter of urgency – try sticking with your current regime for at least four months (six if you have extensive hairloss) and see how you get on.

During this time, ensure you use the medication exactly as directed eg. once or twice every day as per the instructions, and allow it sufficient time to absorb into the scalp before applying any hair products, swimming or showering (these activities may dilute or rinse away the minoxidil). This will give you the best chance of seeing optimised results from your current treatment of choice.

If, after this time you would like further, personalised hair loss advice, you can go back to your provider or talk to other experts about your concerns.


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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: Ash

Question: I’ve been reading on hair loss forums that using dermarollers on your scalp can help minoxidil to work better for male pattern so I want to add one into my routine. Can you tell me the difference between a dermaroller, a dermapen and a dermastamp and which is the best to use with minoxidil liquid?

Answer: Hi, Ash. As topical minoxidil is already optimised for the appropriate level of absorption, adding in any form of microneedling – also now known as ‘vampire needling’ – with the aim of opening pores to achieve better penetration, is unnecessary.

Whilst there are some schools of thought that believe this minimally invasive therapy may enhance results from high strength minoxidil, there have not yet been any reliable, large-scale clinical trials to prove its effects in relation to hair loss.

As such, there is not a particular type of microneedling device that we would recommend to you as part of your hair loss treatment regime; certainly there are none that are FDA-cleared for this purpose and, because of this, we do not offer any such products at Belgravia clinics.

We would also caution of the risks, such as potential skin irritation or infection, associated with using such gadgets – especially if they are used incorrectly, for instance too regularly, where too much pressure is applied, or where they are not cleaned properly/often enough.

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Examples of microneedling devices: 1. Dermapen, 2. Dermastamp, 3. Dermaroller

However, to answer your initial question, there are minor differences between the three main derma devices. These are…

Dermaroller: A dermaroller has a long Y shaped handle with a roller filled with tiny ‘micro’ needles attached between the prongs of the Y. The handle is used to gently roll the needles across the skin.

Dermapen: A derman pen tends to look like a large, thick marker or vape pen, and often has a metal or metallic finish. One end of the ‘pen’ has a patch of microneedles, allowing for more controlled accuracy when passing it over the skin, especially for smaller areas.

Dermastamp: A dermastamp tends to look like a dermaroller, in that these tools are generally made up of a Y-shaped handle that resembles that of a razor, but instead of a micro-needle roller sitting between the prongs of the Y, there is a rectangular or square-shaped stamp covered in tiny needles. Instead of rolling the needles across your scalp, as the name suggests, with this device you ‘stamp’ (press) the needles, which are often made of titanium, down gently.

For each type of tool there are various size options available; the reason for this is that they are widely used for cosmetic facial issues, such as scarring, or anti-ageing skin rejuventation procedures, so smaller devices can be beneficial for improving accuracy when addressing hard to reach areas.

If you are looking for ways to supplement your minoxidil use, there are a number of options open to you, depending on your medical suitability.

These include adding the DHT-blocking medication, finasteride 1mg, into the mix, and/or using an established low level laser therapy device, such as the LaserComb or LaserBand. These are designed to stimulate the hair follicle and can be used alongside clinically-proven Male Pattern Hair Loss treatments such as minoxidil and finasteride.

Taking a daily food supplement, especially targeted towards maximising hair health, such as Hair Vitalics for Men, can also help to encourage normal healthy hair growth through key vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts, such as zinc, biotin and selenium.

A consultation with a hair loss specialist may be helpful to you. This is a quick way to chat through your concerns, have your scalp assessed and establish their professional recommendations for your specific level and pattern of shedding, as well as your medical profile. Then, once you have this personalised information, you can make a decision as to which hair growth products you feel are 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: Martin

Question: Can finasteride cause insomnia? I’ve been taking it for two months and have started having real trouble sleeping for the past six weeks so wondered if it’s related. I don’t have any other sides and am a 23 year old male using fin 1mg once per day.

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Answer: Hi, Martin. We recommend you check with your treatment provider for product-specific advice but, as far as the brands prescribed at Belgravia are concerned, insomnia is not a known side effect associated with taking finasteride 1mg.

The timing of the insomnia you say you are experiencing may be coincidental; consider what else is going on in your life, particularly anything that may be causing you unusual levels of anxiety or stress.

Do not rule out any worrying or anxiety you may feel about your hair loss or starting to treat it, as this is absolutely capable of causing the racing thoughts associated with insomnia, which can prevent you getting to sleep.

Besides stress, common causes of insomnia include sub-optimal sleeping arrangements, for instance the room is noisy, too hot or too cold, or the bed is uncomfortable.

It is also worth considering your diet. Consuming alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine either singularly or in any combination can also make it difficult to fall asleep, as can taking recreational drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy.

Other lifestyle issues which can mess with your circadian rhythms and, therefore, your sleep patterns, include jet lag and shift work. If it is jet lag, this should only be temporary, however.

Depression is another issue known to cause insomnia and one which does have links to finasteride, as it is considered an ‘uncommon side effect’ of the oral hair loss treatment, likely to affect between 1 and 10 users out of every 1,000. As you mention you are not experiencing any other adverse events, this seems unlikely to be the reason behind your insomnia.

As before, we recommend speaking to your treatment supplier, as well as examining your current circumstances to see if you can identify the likely trigger for your sleep issues.

Hopefully you will be able to find out what is causing it but if, after doing so, you believe the insomnia is a potential side effect of your medication, you can report it to the MHRA – the UK’s medical regulatory board – via their Yellow Card scheme.

You should also cease taking these tablets under the supervision of a medical professional. We are not aware of any complaints regarding insomnia and finasteride 1mg but would generally recommend Belgravia patients stop taking finasteride 1mg for two weeks then see if your sleep patterns return to normal during this time or not.

If you would like, a consultation with a dedicated hair loss specialist may be helpful in finding the right treatment route for you, and getting to the bottom of any queries you may have. There is often a great sense of relief which comes from having at least just discussed matters with a professional who understands your concerns.

You can also investigate good sleep hygiene practices – including putting your phone down in the evening to give your brain a break before bedtime – to help you overcome your current troubles and get a good night’s rest.


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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: Emma

Question: Hi. I want to know if you shed more hair when you first start using a lasercomb or other laser device. I am not using any other hair growth treatments or products. Thank you.

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The HairMax LaserComb LLLT device can be used at home and is also used in some Belgravia clinical therapy sessions

Answer: Hi, Emma. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) devices, including the HairMax LaserComb and LaserBand, all have an effect on the hair follicles.

Any hair loss treatment – whether medication or a device – that can impact the hair growth cycle has the potential to cause an initial shedding period when you first start to use it.

As with minoxidil shedding, and – for men – finasteride shedding – it does not affect everyone and, if it does, it may also be so minimal that you don’t notice it, but everyone reacts differently.

If your hair loss seems to increase noticeably for a sustained period, we recommend seeking further advice, just to make sure everything is on track.

According to HairMax, the shedding period when first starting LLLT using one of its FDA-cleared devices should only last for the first few weeks.

The company advises, “Shedding is a natural phase of healthy hair growth. Treatment with the devices can cause some users to experience shedding during the first few weeks of use, as the laser energy causes the hair follicle to shed damaged hairs and regrow healthy ones. Shedding is actually a positive sign that the HairMax laser device is beginning to work to regrow new, healthy hair. If you were to stop using the device, your hair would return to where it was before you began treatment.”

If you would like further advice on hair loss solutions for your specific concern, or choosing the right LLLT device for you, a consultation with a hair loss specialist – whether in person or online – may be beneficial.

They can talk you through the various options, including further hair growth supporting products which may be of interest.


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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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