August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month (although, at Keeps, every month is National Hair Loss Awareness Month). We want to use this opportunity to have some real talk on the topic.

What are the basics?

  • Male pattern baldness (a.k.a. androgenetic alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss and accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.
  • Male pattern baldness affects an estimated 50 million men in the United States alone.
  • Two out of three guys will start to lose their hair by 35.
  • 85% of American men have significantly thinning hair by the time they’re 50.

Learn more: Is there a cure for male pattern baldness?

What causes hair loss?

Genetics, mostly. But don’t blame Mom—genetic predisposition can actually come from either side of the family. Hormonal changes, medical complications, diet, stress, and medications can also do the trick.

Learn more: A list of what actually causes hair loss

What doesn’t cause hair loss?*

Shampoo, hats, masturbation, testosterone, sunshine—basically, most things you read on the internet about hair loss causes simply aren’t true.

Learn more: 10 Myths About Hair Loss, Debunked.

What treatments are available?

Science has made incredible strides at understanding and treating male pattern baldness, but we still don’t understand the root causes (pun intended) of what makes you lose your hair.

In other words, there’s no known cure for male pattern baldness — but there are ways to effectively treat the symptoms of hair loss.

Finasteride is a prescription tablet that can both slow hair loss and help your hair regrow thicker on the crown and the middle of scalp.

And minoxidil that can both slow hair loss and promote hair growth in men experiencing male pattern baldness.

Learn more: Finasteride vs Minoxidil.


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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.