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.
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.
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.