Originally Posted by StillHere
I'm 18 and from the UK and found out about 6/7 months ago that I have fallen victim to the genetic mutation that bonds us all on this forum - I was going bald at 17!
I first tried to deny it as we all did - that didn't go well. Then I tried using alpecin a caffeine shampoo hoping to solve the problem cheaply - it was snake oil. I did some internet surfing and found this site and you all seem like a group of very supportive and benevolent people who can help me.
I then started 5% minox 2x a day and I had the dread shed that thinned out my hair considerably in 3 weeks (I'm a diffuse thinner by the way) but then it subsided and I began to experience regrowth over the next 4 months or so with my hair now approaching its pre-balding thickness.
About 4 weeks ago I started on azelaic acid once a day as well as minox 2x a day so I don't know if its working or not yet - i'll give it a few months before I make a judgement.
But now I'm wondering whether or not to use propecia to really get some results and hopefully halt the loss (I already use nizoral as well). But seeing as I'm only 18 I'm wondering whether it is potentially more risky than normal as my secondary sexual characteristics (influenced by DHT) have not fully developed. Would it be better to wait a couple of years or should I just go for it?
Any replies would be welcome. Good luck to everyone and thanks in advance!
I don't believe there is any risk with the drug affecting your development. That said, there are still the risks of side-effects.
By the sounds of things your current regimen is working for you, so I'd suggest you just stick with it. If you find that you are continuing to lose ground then re-consider the use of finasteride. As it is, it's somewhat unlikely that finasteride will cause regrowth. Typically it just prevents further loss. Of course there are exceptions, and it is believed that you can regrow a bit of what you've recently
lost when you start on it.