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Thank you for your question. My name is***** and I will do my best to provide a useful input.
Would you be able to take a photograph of the top of your head and hairline? Let me know if this is a problem.
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Apologies for the delayed reply - was traveling from the 25th to 28th, have just come managed to log in and see your responses.
So personally I have never seen cannabis being a problem with regards ***** ***** thinning in my practice. Still I just spent some time looking for any scientific information on this subject and have not managed to find any. There are just differing opinions on non-medical websites and blogs of dubious reliability.
You definitely have thinning of hair on top of the scalp. Your frontal hair line is maintained. To me this looks like a special type of Male Androgenetic Alopecia (MAGA) where the hair thins out without affecting the frontal hair line. This can affect anyone - even people with no family history of the problem as in your case.
Medical treatment is quite effective for early MAGA as in your case, and consists of 5% Minoxidil (Rogaine) lotion to be applied on the scalp (1ml morning and evening) on a daily basis. Hair regrowth starts 3-6 months after regular treatment, then continues for 18-24 months in which time you can expect to regain up to 40-50% of the hair you've lost in the last couple of years. However to maintain the regrown hair Minoxidil lotion has to be continued & this can be done safely for however long you desire.Tab Biotin in a dose of 5-10 mg per day is a hair specific vitamin and helps hair regrowth.I would also suggest using Nizoral-AD shampoo daily every alternate day. Lather in and leave on the scalp for 5 minutes. Follow this with a good conditioner. Nizoral-AD helps minoxidil work better.NOTE: All of the above can be bought without a prescription.If you have access to a dermatologist then adding Tab Finasteride 1 mg per day to the above regimen can further improve results. This will require a prescription.
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