My Finasteride Update, 22 Y/o (pics)

DoctorHouse

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Hey man, do you have an idea about diffuse thinning from post accutane? I have some hair loss that’s sometimes patchy on the sides or on top. No family history of balding. Started a few months after a 6 month treatment of accutane. minoxidil has helped some but it’s been almost 2 years since I finished accutane and I’m not back where I was. Patchiness and general thinning. It’s not noticeable so derms don’t take me seriously.

one thing that stood out was my hair became curly after the treatment. Which is a sign of diffuse alopecia areata. I wonder if immunosuppressants can help.

heres a link of how common the issue is on accutane:https://www.acne.org/forums/topic/152239-the-answers-i-got-from-my-doctor-about-hair-loss/
I don't know anything about post accutane diffuse thinning.
 

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You honestly will do about the same on dutasteride but may have more side effects. Why even bother for now as you are maintaining? Stop overthinking your situation. You started early enough. I have been on finasteride( tried dutasteride and saw no benefit but more sides and I had legitimate dutasteride). For over 15 years lost some density but the average person would never question I have. Hairline did recede more but only minor. You just have to be consistent and maybe try new things along the way but always stick with finasteride and minoxidil as your main treatments.
The issue is, I’m fairly confident I have not maintained these past few years. If that were the case, that means the next 10 years I may be in an extremely worse position. I’m sticking to finasteride for now, but I’m just weighing out my options if I prove to have lost more within the next year or so.
 

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The issue is, I’m fairly confident I have not maintained these past few years. If that were the case, that means the next 10 years I may be in an extremely worse position. I’m sticking to finasteride for now, but I’m just weighing out my options if I prove to have lost more within the next year or so.
I think you should relax. You’ve clearly maintained in a visual aspect over 2 whole years. You’re unlikely to suddenly progress heavily anytime soon. By the time thats a reality there would perhaps be better options on the market.
 

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Here’s a slight update, I got home from work and looked in the mirror and saw this clear diffusing (at least in my opinion), it was very discouraging. I’ll post two pics of what it looked like and then two pics of what it looks like when I run my hand through my hair to correct it.

It sucks cause I’ve noticed I’ve developed a constant tick to run my hand through my hair to fix any scalp That might be showing. I’m not sure if it’s this noticeable in regular lighting cause this was taken in my bathroom. The pictures don’t look as bad as it does in person (where you can see a bunch of scalp from different angles as I turn my head)

Thoughts? Do you guys think people notice this and think somethings up?
 

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I don't think the average person would notice. I look for that sh*t in others because of my own insecurities and am good at noticing hair problems and I barely notice it.

Only really notice it in 3rd picture, honestly. If the wind hits you right, or you mess with your hair, a trained eye might notice.... the average prob isn't going to.

But anyone with a trained eye capable of noticing very likely has hair issues of their own, likely worse than yours. I hope this helps with confidence.

Now for the concealing styler in me, I think you'd do well with a combed back look, it would hide the spot. It wouldn't be much different than your current style, just less messy. Back and to the weak side slightly, to cover it. It would take notice off that spot and more onto your hairline, which is still looking good.

Do you microneedle that area at all or do anything different?
 

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I don't think the average person would notice. I look for that sh*t in others because of my own insecurities and am good at noticing hair problems and I barely notice it.

Only really notice it in 3rd picture, honestly. If the wind hits you right, or you mess with your hair, a trained eye might notice.... the average prob isn't going to.

But anyone with a trained eye capable of noticing very likely has hair issues of their own, likely worse than yours. I hope this helps with confidence.

Now for the concealing styler in me, I think you'd do well with a combed back look, it would hide the spot. It wouldn't be much different than your current style, just less messy. Back and to the weak side slightly, to cover it. It would take notice off that spot and more onto your hairline, which is still looking good.

Do you microneedle that area at all or do anything different?
No I don’t microneedle, and I do comb my hair back, it just gets messy after a full day lol. I use toppik but again, after a full day my hair moves around so much that it seems to disappear.

Thanks for your honesty. I hope I’m continuing to maintain after all this time, I can live with my hair as is. No one has really ever said anything about me “balding” and once in a while I still get complimented on my hair, so that’s a plus.
 

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Here’s a slight update, I got home from work and looked in the mirror and saw this clear diffusing (at least in my opinion), it was very discouraging. I’ll post two pics of what it looked like and then two pics of what it looks like when I run my hand through my hair to correct it.

It sucks cause I’ve noticed I’ve developed a constant tick to run my hand through my hair to fix any scalp That might be showing. I’m not sure if it’s this noticeable in regular lighting cause this was taken in my bathroom. The pictures don’t look as bad as it does in person (where you can see a bunch of scalp from different angles as I turn my head)

Thoughts? Do you guys think people notice this and think somethings up?
Nah, I don't think anyone would notice that. Your hair looks good in those pics. Before I started balding I didn't notice even a NW3 hairline, although nowadays I notice stuff like that all the time. But even I wouldn't really think anything was up if I saw someone with that hair on the street.
 

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Here’s a slight update, I got home from work and looked in the mirror and saw this clear diffusing (at least in my opinion), it was very discouraging. I’ll post two pics of what it looked like and then two pics of what it looks like when I run my hand through my hair to correct it.

It sucks cause I’ve noticed I’ve developed a constant tick to run my hand through my hair to fix any scalp That might be showing. I’m not sure if it’s this noticeable in regular lighting cause this was taken in my bathroom. The pictures don’t look as bad as it does in person (where you can see a bunch of scalp from different angles as I turn my head)

Thoughts? Do you guys think people notice this and think somethings up?
bro. You're a full head. Anyone who doesn’t have thick hair will look like their thinning with greasy hair. As greasy hair sticks together, especially on a part like your picture, scalp will show.

there’s a reason why nobody has said you’re balding... because you aren’t.

To BDD folks like you and I though, finasteride gives us peace of mind.
 

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Nah, I don't think anyone would notice that. Your hair looks good in those pics. Before I started balding I didn't notice even a NW3 hairline, although nowadays I notice stuff like that all the time. But even I wouldn't really think anything was up if I saw someone with that hair on the street.
Thanks bro, I noticed the same thing. The first day someone mentioned “bald spot” in the back (really just some crown thinning that looked bad that day) I immediately started studying this sh*t. Within like 2 weeks I went to work and noticed all these older guys were balding, I had no clue before lmao. That’s why it’s hard to tell what non balding people notice.


bro. You're a full head. Anyone who doesn’t have thick hair will look like their thinning with greasy hair. As greasy hair sticks together, especially on a part like your picture, scalp will show.

there’s a reason why nobody has said you’re balding... because you aren’t.

To BDD folks like you and I though, finasteride gives us peace of mind.
lol appreciate it man. Go to some of my earlier posts in this thread, there are some clear pics that show my thinning. I got “diagnosed” with male pattern baldness to get on finasteride. Luckily, I didn’t wait like most people here, as soon as someone mentioned my thinning I took pics, freaked out, and made an appointment with a dermatologist within a week. But I do appreciate the confirmation that it’s not too bad. Sometimes that kick in the *** is really helpful when you’re bugging out n BDDing over your hair.
 

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Thanks bro, I noticed the same thing. The first day someone mentioned “bald spot” in the back (really just some crown thinning that looked bad that day) I immediately started studying this sh*t. Within like 2 weeks I went to work and noticed all these older guys were balding, I had no clue before lmao. That’s why it’s hard to tell what non balding people notice.



lol appreciate it man. Go to some of my earlier posts in this thread, there are some clear pics that show my thinning. I got “diagnosed” with male pattern baldness to get on finasteride. Luckily, I didn’t wait like most people here, as soon as someone mentioned my thinning I took pics, freaked out, and made an appointment with a dermatologist within a week. But I do appreciate the confirmation that it’s not too bad. Sometimes that kick in the *** is really helpful when you’re bugging out n BDDing over your hair.
How is Fina working for you? Any sides? Your hair looks good and you have plenty of it. If u are a responder to Fina u should have plenty of hair for plenty of years
 

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How is Fina working for you? Any sides? Your hair looks good and you have plenty of it. If u are a responder to Fina u should have plenty of hair for plenty of years
Finasteride has given me no side effects as far as I can tell. I’m currently having more sex on finasteride than I was prior to using finasteride. At the same time, after being on it for 2+ years I may not have the same CRAZY sex drive as I used to. For instance, I used to actually pop wood sometimes in public when I saw a hot girl and I thought too much about it. Where as now, I very rarely get random boners. That’s as far as I can tell with any side effect, but if I wasn’t on finasteride I would never notice this.

Thanks for the kind words. I’m so glad I got on finasteride as soon as I noticed I was thinning. I hope you’re right about me keeping it for a long time. The one thing that I think bothers everyone on finasteride Is the existential dread that one day it’ll stop working
 
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