Primary Topical Finasteride Myths


If you're looking to restore hair loss, one of the products you may likely come across is topical finasteride. Although some of the ingredients are similar, topical finasteride is considered to be lower risk than oral finasteride.

Since topical finasteride is a relatively new product, there has recently been a rise in myths and misconceptions associated with the substance. Below, we've taken the time to address the three myths most commonly associated topical finasteride, allowing you to make an informed buying decision.

Myth 1: There Are No Side Effects

Although many consider topical finasteride to be a safe treatment for many patients, they do not come without a host of side effects. Unfortunately, many doctors and clinicians claim that there are zero side effects associated with the product, which is not the case. One of the primary reasons that there are side effects is because the medication is applied topically and is absorbed into the bloodstream, at which point it goes “systemic.” Side effects include:

  • Weight Gain
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Mood Changes

If your doctor claims that topical finasteride does not have any side effects, you may want to seek a second opinion. Although topical finasteride has fewer risks than oral finasteride, the risks could still present themselves. Your doctor should have a better idea of the risk factors that you show and whether you would be particularly vulnerable to suffer from the side effects.

Myth 2: All Topical Finasteride Is The Same

From what we've seen, there are no two topical finasteride products that are the same. The products may all contain topical finasteride as the primary active ingredient, but that does not mean the secondary elements are the same. For instance, many products use minoxidil in their formulations. But the amount of minoxidil that they use can range anywhere from 2.5 percent to 15 percent.

Another ingredient that some may use is latanoprost, which studies have shown could help eyelashes grow fuller. Other potential components that you may come across include caffeine, Azelaic Acid, and retinol A. The fact of the matter is, you should read the label of the product you intend to use carefully and ask your doctor how you may react to the various ingredients.