“Can I stop hair loss?” is a pretty common question for guys to ask themselves when they notice their hair start changing.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t an easy yes or no. (We know—we also wish our bodies weren’t so complex.)

The truth about stopping hair loss

The fact is that hair loss happens. It happens to most of us—two out of three guys will start to lose their hair by the age of 35, and 85% of American men have significantly thinning hair by the time they’re 50.

And the truth is that once male pattern baldness sets in, there’s no way to totally stop it.

The truth about hair loss treatments

However, there are two safe and effective formulas that are FDA-approved for preventing hair loss. So all hope is not lost when it comes to your hairline!

While you may read about other treatments, these are the two options that are clinically proven to work best.

1. Minoxidil

The first one is called Minoxidil (generic Rogaine®). It’s a topical treatment that you apply twice a day. It is most effective for regrowth along the top of your head and crown. For minoxidil to work, you must be diligent about using it; it may take three to four months of regular use before you notice any improvement, and if you stop using it, any regrown hair will usually fall out within three months. Learn more about minoxidil.


And the second one’s called Finasteride (generic Propecia®). It’s a prescription pill that you take once a day. It’s mainly used for stopping further loss across the entirety of your head, including receding hairlines.

If you’ve already started and are stressing because you’re not seeing results right away, be patient. It may take at least three months of daily use of finasteride before you notice an improvement in your hair loss. You must also continue to take this medicine to maintain results; if you stop taking it, its effect will be reversed within 12 months. Learn more about finasteride.

To recap: Hair loss is a permanent issue. While there is no cure for hair loss, there are ways to effectively treat the symptoms, and regular use of minoxidil and finasteride (or a combination of the two) can mitigate its effects. If you think either of these medicines might be for you, it’s time get started with Keeps.

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely upon the content provided in this article for specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your doctor.

Finasteride is an oral medication used to treat male pattern baldness in men only. It is not for use by women. When used by men, finasteride is generally safe but it can also cause serious side effects, including but not limited to allergic reactions, sexual dysfunction, and high-grade prostate cancer. Most patients find that problems with sexual function resolve when they stop taking the medicine. For full prescribing information, view the drug label information. For full prescribing information, view the drug label information.

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