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As one of the key compounds in our treatment plans, Finasteride could play a big role in stopping your hair loss. Many men are understandably concerned with Finasteride shedding, but it’s important to realise that it can be a natural part of the hair loss treatment process. Worried you’re losing more hair than usual? Here is everything you need to know about Finasteride shedding.
How does Finasteride work?
To understand why hair shedding occurs, we have to understand how Finasteride itself works. Similarly to your skin, the hair follicles on your head are constantly going through a growth cycle. Within this cycle, new strands of hair replace old ones and in the process, hair starts to shed. In fact, the average person sheds anywhere between 50 - 100 hairs every single day.
When you start taking your daily Finasteride, you are actively speeding up the processes in this hair growth cycle. Finasteride inhibits the production of DHT (the hormone that damages hair follicles) and stops your hair follicles from miniaturising and eventually disappearing. Due to this, any follicles that were already in the resting phase will become active and move into the growth stage.
When will I see my hair shedding?
If you stay committed to your treatment by taking Finasteride every day, you should see shedding occur in the first few months of your plan. However, some men may notice shedding even earlier, with damaged hairs quickly making way for stronger strands. While it might be slightly shocking at first, it’s worth bearing in mind that shedding is proof that the process is working effectively. The shedding itself usually settles down within a month or two, but it’s crucial that you continue to consume your Finasteride consistently to maximise your results.
Could other factors cause shedding?
While Finasteride should cause shedding at some point during your plan, there may be other reasons for temporary hair loss. Stress or vigorous brushing or styling are both reasons for the occurrence of hair shedding. If you’ve been ill or your diet has been poor, you may also notice abnormal amounts of hair shedding on your pillow or in the shower. Similarly to Finasteride shedding, these processes are temporary and will stop in a few weeks.