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Question: I have been diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. I only have one bold spot. At first it was the size of 50 pence, and in 3 weeks it got bigger. Now it’s the size of 3 hand fingers put together. The doctor recommended Clobetasol Propionate but it didn’t do anything. Is there any other treatment that I can try? If so will I need a prescription? If yes where can I get it from? I’ve had this condition for 3 months now with no signs of hair regrowth.

Answer: Here is an earlier post that will answer your questions. Following a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists, and assuming you are declared suitable for treatment, Belgravia can provide you with a prescription for high strength minoxidil which should help.

Name: Jane

Question: Are you aware of anyone being treated using acupuncture for Alopecia, particularly as Alopecia may be caused by stress and if so could you please pass on relevant information?

Answer: I have not heard of anyone being treated successfully for Alopecia Areata (I assume this is the condition you are talking about) with acupuncture but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be worth trying. You are correct in saying that Alopecia can be caused by stress and I believe acupuncture can be a successful way of relieving stress, so it could be beneficial. I would advise you contact an acupuncture specialist and ask if they feel it could help.

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Name: Francois 

Question: Will using Minoxidil lead to excess facial hair and if so, is there a remedy for this?

Answer: Excessive facial hair from Minoxidil is a very rare side effect and will usually only be noticeable in women (generally women with dark skin / Asian origin who are more prone to facial hair).  In the unlikely event that excessive facial hair growth is experienced, this will disperse when the medication is stopped.

However, the Belgravia pharmacy can provide an FDA approved cream that is proven to reduce hair growth at the areas of application.

Name: Nicky 

Question: In July 2006 I moved house. 3 months later, in October I started to notice large amounts of hair falling from all over my head. At its peak, I was counting over 300 hairs per day dropping from my head. During November 2006 I discovered I was pregnant and tried to stop worrying about the hair loss (although found it hard not to worry). The shedding seemed to slow down and by Feb 2007 it seemed to return to normal. The thickness of my hair had reduced by quite a lot and has not yet returned to normal. I have also noticed my parting seems slightly wider and I can see my scalp at the top of my head when I’m under bright light (the hair seems to have thinned quite a lot at the top of my head).
I would like to know if my hair will ever return to normal and I’m also concerned that it didn’t thicken whilst I was pregnant-in fact, seemed to get thinner. Please help!


1. It is likely that the hair loss was caused by a condition called Telogen Effluvium (click on name for more information), probably due to the stress or shock to the system from your house move.

2. Pregnant women generally notice hair shedding and greasy skin clearing up during the second trimester, hence the reason your hair loss stopped.

3. The fact that you say your hair has thinned at the top of your head indicates Female Pattern Hair Loss which could have been triggered from the Telogen Effluvium condition.

It is unlikely your hair will return without using treatment as Female Pattern Hair Loss is an on-going condition.

Name: Gary 

Question: It is strange that I have hair recession because I have a very young face for my age – I lack facial hair, for example. As DHT is responsible for beard growth in men as well as hair recession, surely if my DHT levels were normal or high, I would be shaving my facial hair every day as opposed to once a week? Why is it that some men obviously have high DHT levels, as evidenced by extensive facial hair growth and the need to shave their beard regularly, yet they have a very low hair-line with little signs of hair recession? My hair recession does not suit my youthful face.

Answer: Like Male Pattern Hair Loss, body hair growth is related to genetics and the genes that have been inherited from your ancestors (parents / grandparents etc.).  Although people prone to body hair growth are likely to have increased body hair growth if they lose their hair – the two do not always go hand-in-hand.  Yes, they are both related to DHT and caused by DHT receptors but they are separate traits and it is common for a man to go bald but not have their body hair density increase and vice-versa as the DHT receptors on the persons body may be more or less sensitive to DHT than the hair follicle DHT receptors.

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Question: I have been reading about a product called Crescina. Is it any good? Can this be used if I am already using finasteride and High Strength Minoxidil, as it also has to be rubbed into the scalp?

Answer: CrescinaCrescina contains two amino acids and a vasodilator (product that increases blood supply in the areas of application). Amino acids are the ‘building blocks’ of protein and the ones contained in Crescina are Cysteine and Lysine. Cysteine is also contained in Belgravia’s hair growth supplement Hair Vitalics‘.

There is no clinical evidence to say that these amino acids will individually help towards stabilising hair loss or promoting hair growth and with regard to the vasodilator contained in the formulation; Minoxidil, which works by opening up potassium channels at the areas of application, is the only vasodilator that has been proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair and I have read reports of other vasodilators that have been tested but none have been found to have the same or similar effects to Minoxidil. The vasodilator in Crescina is not Minoxidil.

Minoxidil and finasteride 1mg are the two only FDA approved, medically proven treatments for the prevention of genetic hair loss, and the HairMax LaserComb is currently the only FDA cleared, proven device. Used and combined correctly, with individually recommended ‘hair growth supporting products‘, these treatments form the most effective hair loss solutions available and will help to prevent hair loss and regrow hair in most men and women (please note: women cannot use finasteride 1mg).

All in all I would not advise Crescina as a sole treatment for hair loss but it could perhaps be used as an adjunct to the primary MHRA licensed and FDA approved medications (which you are already using).  If you wanted to apply the liquid as well as high strength minoxidil you would have to apply the Crescina and wait about 20 minutes until it is all absorbed into the scalp before applying minoxidil.

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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.

Name: Bonita 

Question: I am a 26 years old female, and about two years ago I noticed my hair was falling out more than normal. I put it down to stress (I had recently split with my boyfriend and had been ill with a viral infection). However, the hair loss has continued ever since, and is noticeably worse during and shortly after my period. I used to have very thick hair, but it’s much thinner now, particularly around my temples and hairline. My father is balding, but there is no history of hairloss on my mother’s side, or amongst the women on my father’s side. Tests for thyroid problems and anemia have proven negative and I am not on the contraceptive pill. I also do not have excessive hair growth anywhere else.

Is this likely to be female pattern baldness, or could it be something else?

Answer: There is a strong possibility that your hair loss could be down to Female Pattern Hair Loss.  You can tell if it is genetic by observing whether the hair loss is restricted to the top of the scalp. If the hair thinning is as prominent around the sides and back then Female Pattern Hair Loss is most likely not the cause.  The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be to either visit the centre for a consultation or complete Belgravia’s on-line diagnostic form.

Name: Ahmed 

Question: Does coconut oil prevent hair loss and if it does how often should i use it?

Answer: There is a simple answer to this – no! There are many so-called “miracle cures” and theories regarding certain products (this is a perfect example!) but the fact is there are only a small number of products that are proven to prevent hair loss and actually work – HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS.

Name: Lynne

Question: I am a hairdresser and one of my clients has recently lost a lot of hair, especially round the temples, but generally all over. I recommended her to visit her GP who put it down to stress; however my client has foil highlights 2-3 times a year and i do not know weather it is safe to do this with her hair loss.

Answer: If your client is experiencing hair loss, whether it is down to Telogen Effluvium (caused by stress) or genetic hair loss, colouring should not have any negative effect.  However, if the hair is thin, excessive colouring can cause breakage and deterioration in the quality of the hair but this is a cosmetic problem and only affects the areas of hair that the colouring touches.  I would however advise that your client consults a hair loss expert with regard to treating her problem – Visiting Belgravia.