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Finasteride vs Minoxidil: The differences and joint benefits for hair loss

As the only two medications scientifically approved as an effective treatment for hair loss, Finasteride and Minoxidil could both each have a big impact on your hair. However, when used together, your results could improve even more. It’s important to understand the nuts and bolts of the medications before starting treatment, so we’ve put together the differences and the joint benefits to give you a helping hand.

The differences

While Finasteride and Minoxidil both play a part in cultivating a healthy head of hair, they also have some notable differences. Firstly, Finasteride sold separately comes in the form of a tablet, while Minoxidil is a topical solution. This results in two different methods of use, with Finasteride easily swallowed and Minoxidil applied to the scalp twice a day.

In terms of the science, these two medications also play different roles in terms of treating your hair loss. Finasteride works by blocking the production of DHT - a hormone that is responsible for male pattern hair loss among those with a sensitivity to it. In contrast, Minoxidil, when applied to the scalp, works to increase blood flow and oxygen in vessels, therefore revitalising shrunken hair follicles. 

The joint benefits

While Minoxidil and Finasteride may treat your hair loss in different ways, the potential benefits are enhanced by using them together. By improving blood flow to the scalp and blocking the production of DHT, both Minoxidil and Finasteride work together to improve the overall health of your hair follicles. With less DHT and more vital nutrients provided to your hair follicles, Finasteride and Minoxidil can work synergistically to effectively treat male pattern hair loss Over a sustained period of time and when taken consistently, these two medications have the ability to help you regain control of your hairline.

Which products contain Finasteride and Minoxidil?

Finasteride and Minoxidil come in three distinct forms. As mentioned previously, Minoxidil and Finasteride are found respectively within a topical solution and a tablet. If you’re using our Full Works treatment plan, for instance, these are the forms your Finasteride and Minoxidil will take (on top of Biotin and DHT-blocking Shampoo). However, our Topical Finasteride-Minoxidil Spray could be more suited to you, especially if you’re looking for an alternative to taking a daily tablet or if you are experiencing mild adverse events from oral medication. Containing 5% Minoxidil and 0.1% of Finasteride, this Topical Spray is easy to use too - simply spray on your scalp twice a day as part of your morning and evening routine. Emerging evidence suggests that topical finasteride is also effective at treating male pattern hair loss, though oral finasteride is still the mainstay of treatment.

If you’re interested in treating your hair loss effectively, our treatment plans are the perfect step for you. From Full Works plan to Finasteride and Minoxidil packages, take a look through our plans today.

All of our blog articles are reviewed by our Medical Director before publication.