Who should be using Topical Finasteride?

Topical Finasteride solution should only be used by men aged 18 and over, who are experiencing Male Pattern Baldness. Finasteride has been shown to prevent hair loss, combatting bald spots and receding hairlines in 9 out of 10 guys who use the treatment.

Finasteride should only be used to combat the effects of Male Pattern Baldness. There are other forms of hair loss, and there are other treatments which are better-suited to preventing hair loss in different areas of your scalp.

You might not be sure whether or not the amount of hair loss you are experiencing is normal, and this is understandable, considering hair falls from our heads everyday naturally. You may want to check out our ‘How much hair loss is normal?’ guide for more info.

Some guys are beginning to choose Topical Finasteride as an alternative to oral Finasteride tablets. In fact, one of the most common questions we get asked here at Freshman is whether we offer a topical Finasteride solution. One of the main reasons for this growing popularity of topical Finasteride is that oral Finasteride tablets have been known to cause some unpleasant side effects in rare cases — although over 96% of men do not experience these side effects. 

Studies have shown that Topical Finasteride doesn’t carry the same risk of side effects as oral Finasteride tablets, and as we’ll explain in more detail later, this treatment has also been shown to be equally effective when it comes to preventing hair loss. So for guys who are anxious about oral Finasteride, Topical Finasteride is a great alternative. 


Where is Topical Finasteride available?

Freshman connects you to a licensed clinician, who will prescribe the appropriate hair loss treatment

We’ve listened to the feedback and requests from our customers and have developed a unique topical treatment which combines Finasteride with Minoxidil. This topical solution is now available to both new and existing Freshman subscribers. Not only does this solution combine both Finasteride and Minoxidil – the only two treatments that are clinically proven to combat hair loss – but it is also free from alcohol and propylene glycol. Treatments that contain these harsh additives have been known to cause scalp irritation and dandruff. After getting approved by a UK-registered clinician when you apply online, we’ll send your first hair loss treatment out to you for delivery on the next working day. Our hair loss treatments are affordable, backed by science, and discreetly delivered straight through your letterbox. 


Dosage: How often should I use Topical Finasteride?

How often you use topical Finasteride depends on the strength of the topical Finasteride solution. The Freshman Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil solution contains 0.05% Finasteride (0.5mg/mL) and 5% Minoxidil (50mg/mL). This solution should be applied to the scalp twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Using the treatment more frequently or increasing the dosage will not speed up the results, and may increase the risk of side effects. 


How to apply Topical Finasteride
Freshman offers a unique Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil solution for treating hair loss
Freshman Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil solution for treating hair loss

Using a dropper, apply up to 1mL of the solution directly to the scalp in the areas affected by hair loss, twice daily, with at least eight hours between the two applications. A good way to apply the solution is in small droplets to the affected area. This helps spread the solution around and also prevents it from running down your head. Rubbing the solution in is not necessary, although some guys use their fingers or the dropper to spread the solution around the affected area of the scalp. 


How long does Topical Finasteride take to have an effect?

It takes time to regrow hair. Some men will start to see visible results after 2 months, whereas other men may need to wait up to 4 months before they see visible results. At first, you can expect to see small, thin hairs appearing, similar to baby hairs. These hairs should get thicker and darker over time and become similar to your other hairs. The full results of the treatment can be expected after 9-12 months. 

It’s important to point out that if you don’t see significant results within the expected time frame, you shouldn’t start using a higher-than-recommended dosage. This will not increase the speed at which you start seeing results, and may increase the risk of developing negative side effects.


How effective is Topical Finasteride for combating hair loss?

Minoxidil and Finasteride are the only two treatments that are scientifically proven to stop and reverse hair loss

Studies have shown that Topical Finasteride is highly effective when it comes to preventing hair loss. For example, this study of Topical Finasteride showed that a group of 52 men using the treatment had a significant decrease in hair loss levels, and a “reduction in balding areas”.


Are there any side effects?

Although oral Finasteride tablets have been deemed as a safe and effective treatment for hair loss by leading healthcare regulators, in some rare cases there can be some side effects. These side effects, including sexual side effects, itchiness and swelling, occur in only around 4% of men who take oral Finasteride tablets.

However, guys who use Topical Finasteride appear to report fewer or no side effects from the treatment. One study, observing the effect of Topical Finasteride vs a placebo on 52 subjects, showed that there were “no reported local or systemic effects in treatment or placebo groups,” meaning there were no reported side effects as a result of the treatment.

For more information about these studies, take a look at our Safety and Side Effects guide.


If you are experiencing any side effects

As mentioned earlier, negative side effects from using Topical Finasteride are very rare, and the vast majority of guys report no side effects at all. 

If you do experience any side effects, don’t panic, as these may only occur for a few days. However, if symptoms persist for longer than a couple of weeks, you should reach out to your Freshman clinician or contact your GP.


Find out if Topical Finasteride is right for you

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Perhaps you’re interested in using Topical Finasteride for your hair loss, but aren’t sure if the treatment is right for you? Freshman offers a highly effective Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil solution, which combines the two most effective treatments for hair loss in one convenient and affordable solution. When you apply for treatment online, you’ll be assessed by a UK-registered clinician who will decide which treatment is right for you, so you can be sure you are on the right path. 

If you’re approved, you can have your prescription for Topical Finasteride shipped to you the next working day, and delivered in a discreet package directly through your letterbox


Freshman Topical Finasteride

Freshman’s Topical Finasteride solution combines Finasteride with Minoxidil, another highly effective treatment which has been proven to combat hair loss. 

Minoxidil works by dilating the blood vessels around hair follicles, increasing the nutrient supply to them and allowing them to grow thicker, stronger hair. Minoxidil is particularly effective for preventing bald spots, as it can regrow hair on the crown of your head.

Freshman’s Topical Finasteride with Minoxidil solution is highly effective at preventing hair loss and promoting hair regrowth, for men over 18-years-old who are experiencing Male Pattern Baldness. Take a look at our treatments page for more information about getting your first prescription.