I am 18 years old and will be 19 in May. I have recently confirmed a thinning/receding hairline at my temples. As of now, the rest of my hair seems ok and it’s not really noticeable to the common eye as I do still have good density and don’t shed much. I want to start treatment now and try and stop this. I visited a dermatologist who recommended I start with minoxidil. He said give it 6 months and check your progress. He said for some people this can keep there hair. When I asked about finasteride he said I should wait until I know I need it and my balding isn’t bad enough yet. I am currently a norwood 1 but it could obviously get worse untreated. Would it be smart for me to start with minoxidil for 6 months and see how it goes OR should I throw caution to the wind and get on finasteride. The side effects obviously scare me and I believe that the 2% isn’t accurate as it seems almost everyone gets them to some degree. But what should I do: Minoxidil, Finasteride, Both, or something else. Looking for a lot of input!