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How Do I Choose the Best Hair Loss Cream?

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Consultation with a doctor should be the first step for treating excessive hair loss.
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The best hair loss cream will both stop hair loss and promote hair restoration. Beyond those factors, you need a product that fits your budget and your needs. Compare prices and read reviews of over-the-counter and prescription treatments. Talk with a doctor about which remedy might best treat your hair loss. If necessary, have your doctor rule out or treat any existing health problems that might be causing the hair loss.

Hair loss is a common problem brought on by everything from a person’s age and diet to where he lives and the season. If you’re sure you’re experiencing typical thinning hair, you might want to compare different types of over-the-counter hair loss cream. You can find these thinning hair products in pharmacies, supermarkets, and health and wellness centers. Many companies specialize in medical and natural hair restoration products and sell these treatments from their own physical locations or websites. Just be sure to also address any issues you know could cause thinning hair, such as a poor diet, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, and stress.

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If you’re losing hair in large amounts, a doctor's visit is the first step. It’s important for a doctor to rule out any serious underlying health conditions. If the doctor finds a health condition is causing your hair loss, treating the condition will become the first priority. Treating the condition might allow your hair to grow back naturally. If not, or if you want faster results, your doctor might suggest or prescribe a particular hair restoration treatment.

Your budget will play a role in choosing a hair loss cream. Over-the-counter remedies aren’t always cheaper than prescription treatments, especially if you have a health insurance plan that covers hair restoration treatment. Similarly, prescription remedies aren’t always better than over-the-counter treatments. Choose the hair loss cream that fits your budget and your needs by comparing prices and consumer reviews of over-the-counter and prescription products. Seek a doctor’s recommendation, and be sure to review your health plan if you choose a prescription treatment.

Whether you choose an over-the-counter or prescription hair loss cream, it’s important to keep in touch with your doctor. Consult your doctor if the hair restoration product you use irritates your skin, especially if the irritation doesn’t heal on its own. If the over-the-counter product you choose doesn’t work and, if you haven't already done so, see your doctor to find out if there’s another culprit. Regularly check in with your doctor, too, about any progress or complications you experience with a prescription cream. Never use another person’s prescription hair restoration product.

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