Keeps 2-In-1 Topical Finasteride review
Considering all of the above, what sets Keeps’ Topical Finasteride apart from other brands?
Composition and dosage
The gel-like composition of the Keeps topical finasteride ensures easy application and a more lasting effect than a quick-drying spray or solution. The dosage is once daily, so depending on your lifestyle, you can apply it before bed to leave on overnight or in the morning (as a work-from-home kinda person, I prefer my treatments during the day to wash off at night :).
Compounded with other ingredients
Combining finasteride with minoxidil, which is proven to help stimulate hair regrowth, can treat male pattern baldness more effectively and efficiently. Minoxidil dilates blood vessels, which can help other ingredients applied simultaneously get into the scalp. Simply put, minoxidil can increase the effectiveness of finasteride by allowing it to penetrate deeper.
Keeps Topical Finasteride: Why is there a need for topical vs oral finasteride?
Excuse us while we get a little science-y here. If you already know how finasteride works, skip to our verdict on Keeps finasteride.
Finasteride treats male pattern hair loss by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, which converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
In the scalp, DHT can cause hair follicles to shrink and eventually stop producing hair. Testosterone is converted to DHT by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase, hence the need for finasteride to inhibit the action of 5-alpha reductase and reduce the production of DHT.
By reducing the levels of DHT in the body, finasteride slows or even reverses male pattern hair loss. Finasteride is available in both oral and topical formulations, and when combined with minoxidil (topically), like in Keeps’ prescription gel, it’s an extremely powerful and effective hair loss solution.
But why topical fin vs oral finasteride?
1. Lower risk of side effects
For the longest time, finasteride was only taken as oral tablets. While usually well tolerated, the most common side effects were sexual dysfunction and decreased libido.
Topical finasteride, applied directly to the scalp, has shown a lower risk of side effects as less of the medication enters the bloodstream. However, topical finasteride is less studied, and some men may experience skin irritation or itching from the topical solution.
2. More effective
Because of this topical application, the finasteride undergoes fewer changes to the composition before working its’ magic.
Oral finasteride, on the other hand, is affected by your body’s biochemical processes (how something is broken down) as it’s absorbed through your digestive system before entering the bloodstream. This can change oral finasterides’ chemical integrity and absorption, which may reduce the benefits.
3. Targeted treatment
This direct application of topical finasteride means it’s more likely to remain localized in the specific treatment area than oral fin, which can be especially helpful for people with distinct areas of hair loss or thinning.
So, is Keeps topical fin solution as effective as oral?
Finasteride topical application has been shown to be just as effective, if not more, than oral finasteride administration.
According to a study, men who applied 1 ml of topical finasteride solution to their scalps once a week had comparable results to men who took 1 mg of oral finasteride. Another study found that the effect of topical finasteride is similar to that of oral finasteride but with markedly lower systemic exposure and less impact on serum DHT concentrations.
Keeps Reviews: What are customers saying?
Keeps topical finasteride users’ feedback has been largely positive, although some complain about customer service. BE SURE to read the fine print – you don’t want to get stuck in a recurring subscription if you’re only planning on starting a trial.
Results-wise, though, many people have seen great results with Keeps’ 2-in-1 Topical Fin/Min.