Losing Hairline At 20? Or Maturing? Agh..

Hairanoia

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Oh, and here are pics. Apologies for how greasy my hair is. Compare with those from April on page 3.

Left:
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Right:
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Front:
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That frontal thinning is my biggest concern, and I’m doing my best to up the density in that area. Don’t care as much about the temples. Let me know your thoughts.
 

Who Farted

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You’re rapidly approaching the moment of truth wherein you will have to decide how much your hair means to you. The fact you can see progress in a 6 month period means this sh*t isn’t slowing down or stopping anytime soon. The fact it’s progressing despite the cosmetic benefits of Min and derma rolling is even more alarming.

You need to decide whether finasteride/duta is something you are willing to use if it means holding onto what you have now. If it is, start as soon as you can. The most often thing you’ll here from people taking finasteride is that they wished they had started sooner. They say this because the state of your hair at start is almost always the high water mark. The sad reality is that finasteride/dutasteride are the only effective treatments at the moment. They suck, they require life commitment, and the most common side effects are sexual, I.e. the worst of the worst.

So take some time, consider what you’re willing to accept for a chance at keeping your hair, then move forward accordingly. There is absolutely nothing wrong with deciding finasteride/dutasteride aren’t for you. It may be helpful to ask yourself whether any of the common side effects are something you are willing to live with or not. For many, the risk of side effects alone is enough to deter them. For others, a few sexual side effects are a price they are willing to pay. Where you fall on that spectrum is something only you can determine.
 

baba_yaga

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You are reaching the point of no return, fast. Either hop on finasteride and use fibers or accept the inevitable future.
 

Hairanoia

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Well, thank you guys for the honest replies. I expected as much and have been noticing differences myself over the last 6 months, even though family members claim they haven't. It sounds exaggerated, but I think it looks different every day.

Messaged my doctor about finasteride. Maybe I can just start on a small dose too, but if I can take it, I might as well. At least I'll have done everything I could.

Given the widespread thinning pattern, could this be autoimmune related, or does it still just look like male pattern baldness?
 

Derelict

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Well, thank you guys for the honest replies. I expected as much and have been noticing differences myself over the last 6 months, even though family members claim they haven't. It sounds exaggerated, but I think it looks different every day.

Messaged my doctor about finasteride. Maybe I can just start on a small dose too, but if I can take it, I might as well. At least I'll have done everything I could.

Given the widespread thinning pattern, could this be autoimmune related, or does it still just look like male pattern baldness?

Very rarely is it anything but male pattern baldness, looking for other causes is usually the first stage of coping with what is happening, thyroid related etc
 

Hairanoia

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Very rarely is it anything but male pattern baldness, looking for other causes is usually the first stage of coping with what is happening, thyroid related etc
I mean, I'm long past the first stage of accepting it. Just makes me wonder if there are multiple factors coming into play and if my autoimmune treatments can have a positive effect. But if finasteride is the best shot no matter what, then I guess I'll give that a whirl too...
 

BigOl'BaldingHead

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I mean, I'm long past the first stage of accepting it. Just makes me wonder if there are multiple factors coming into play and if my autoimmune treatments can have a positive effect. But if finasteride is the best shot no matter what, then I guess I'll give that a whirl too...

You could always start with topical finasteride. I've been using that for almost a year now and have maintained as far as I can tell, shedding has been drastically reduced for example as well.

There were some periods with some sexual sides though, but these eventually passed and I now feel great.
 
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Kamigami

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Hey friend, just wanted to give you mental strength for what you're facing right now, and wanted to add that on the day of my 20th bday i started finasteride, and switched it for dutasteride a couple months later, and I haven't had any side effects on any of the medecine. Taking a pill before sleeping has just become routine for me and seems honestly less of a hassle that doing stuff like oil massage and dermarolling. My DM are open if you want to talk with someone in the same age/situation as you.
 

Mitko1

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I am sorry but It's male patter baldness. You will be bald. At least according to the rules of my theory which most of the times it seems accurate. You have vertical facial growth with a dropped down jawline. You need treatment.
 

Hairanoia

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Got a haircut today and made the mistake of getting it cut too short, really made me realize how bleak my situation is. I’m devastated and embarrassed.

My doctor approved finasteride for me. The journey starts tomorrow.
 

Kamigami

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Got a haircut today and made the mistake of getting it cut too short, really made me realize how bleak my situation is. I’m devastated and embarrassed.

My doctor approved finasteride for me. The journey starts tomorrow.

Great ! for the moment, you could hide the low density on the front with just a tad of toppik. Good luck and don't forget that you can only assess the results after 1,5 years
 

Hairanoia

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Just finished my first week on finasteride, and my entire life is ruined!

...Just kidding. Feeling the same as I did before taking it. I’m now on the big 3 + dermarolling, so here’s to hoping for at least some results. I’ll check back in a few months.
 

hoko

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Just finished my first week on finasteride, and my entire life is ruined!

...Just kidding. Feeling the same as I did before taking it. I’m now on the big 3 + dermarolling, so here’s to hoping for at least some results. I’ll check back in a few months.

good choice, mate. Stick with it for at least a year, and if you need any additional thickness, just know there are plenty more drugs you can add to your regimen. I’d bet on you being able to return to your pictures from a year ago.
 

centurie

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Just finished my first week on finasteride, and my entire life is ruined!

...Just kidding. Feeling the same as I did before taking it. I’m now on the big 3 + dermarolling, so here’s to hoping for at least some results. I’ll check back in a few months.

Goodluck mate! The first year on finasteride is a roller coaster for most, so if your not experiencing any sides, do not let yourself get discouraged by the sheds and quit.
 

Hairanoia

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Going on 3 weeks of finasteride, along with minoxidil and weekly dermarolling. Feeling pretty good, no sides still. Honestly, finally being on finasteride has helped me stress less about my hair. I’m sure it’s purely psychological as 3 weeks is too early to notice any results, but I feel like my frontal section looks slightly thicker. Could be the shorter hair, but it looked abysmal when I got my haircut a month ago and now I’m pretty happy with it. Even with my longer-haired August pictures, you could see right through my frontal section. Having a harder time doing that now.

Here’s a progress pic for comparison later.

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