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Why You Should Strongly Consider Laser Hair Loss Therapy

Each decade since the 1980s has brought with it a new hair loss therapy. In the 1980s it was minoxidil, in the 1990s it was finasteride, and beginning in the 2000s low level laser therapy (LLLT) began to show promise in treating hair loss. First, let's differentiate LLLT from higher power lasers used in dermatologists offices. The wavelength used in low level laser therapy does not damage or burn the skin like high power lasers. There is no thermal effect, meaning only a very small amount of heat is generated, in contrast to high power lasers which use heat to cause their desired effect. LLLT never burns or damages the skin, it works by aiding energy production in the hair...

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An Alternative DHT Blocking Topical To Finasteride With Strong Scientific Backing

Hair loss in the 80s was a much more dire circumstance. Not a single reliable treatment existed. If you experienced hair loss you lived with it. Sure, there were ‘remedies’, of course, none worked. The minoxidil trials in the mid 1980s were a breakthrough for hair loss treatment. Suddenly there was a safe, reliable way to treat hair loss. In the mid 1990s the same thing happened with finasteride, trials showed that oral finasteride could prevent hair loss, and better yet, it worked on a completely different mechanism than minoxidil, offering benefits to those who combined both therapies. Finasteride works by preventing DHT (a close cousin of testosterone) from binding to and attacking the hair follicle. Since finasteride works on DHT,...

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How Does Dermarolling Increase The Effectiveness Of Minoxidil?

Dermarolling (also known as microneedling) has become a widely used, safe, non invasive procedure for several dermatological conditions. Dermarolling can be done at different depths (needle lengths) and different depths have different mechanisms of action and utility. With respect to hair loss, the mode of action that appears most effective is improving the transdermal absorption of topical products. Studies show that the optimal Dermaroller needle length for increasing the absorption of transdermal medicines (in our case, minoxidil, or other topicals for hair loss) is ~.2mm. Dermarollers of this length have been shown to increase the absorption of topicals by up to 4 times, see study. In one study using a dermarolling procedure in combination with minoxidil increased hair growth by 3...

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Can Men Use Minoxidil Once Per Day?

There are 2 important benefits to using minoxidil once per day. The first being you don't have to use it at an inopportune time, such as in the morning before styling your hair, the second being reduced costs. The issue with a once a day protocol is that it goes against the directions on the box. The directions for men state that the product should be used twice per day. However the duration of effect for minoxidil is 21 hours, which nearly covers the entire day. Is this enough to get good results? Dr. Russell Knudsen, one of the 5 original dermatologists involved in minoxidil trials in 1984 suggests it is. You can see his discussion of once per day...

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Should Women Use Men’s Minoxidil Products?

First, let’s discuss the difference between men’s and women’s minoxidil or lack thereof. There is no compositional difference between men’s and women’s products. Both contain the active ingredient (minoxidil) in identical quantities. The effectiveness and mechanism of action are identical, meaning they are essentially the same product packaged differently. With that established, why should women consider buying men’s minoxidil? Namely, price. Men’s products are dramatically cheaper.  It’s difficult to compare the price of women’s and men’s products directly because the dosage for men and women differ. Women are instructed to apply minoxidil once per day, whereas men are instructed to apply minoxidil twice per day. Because minoxidil products are typically sold based on the supply duration (4 months, 6 months...

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