Hardik Pandya asked to prove fitness by National Cricket Academy

Hardik Pandya is not part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)

Hardik Pandya is not part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Australia (Reuters Photo)

Hardik Pandya is yet to fully recover from a back injury he suffered during the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates in September.

It seems the BCCI selection committee does not want to rush Pandya’s comeback as he been asked to rest and work on improving fitness by the medical staff at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, according to a report in the ESPNCricinfo.

Pandya, who was part of the India A squad for the third and final four-day unofficial Test against New Zealand A and also three one-dayers, will now miss the competitive matches.

But Pandya is likely to be seen back in action in Baroda’s Ranji Trophy match against Mumbai from December 14.

Pandya had suffered a lower-back injury during India’s match against Pakistan at the Asia Cup. Pandya had to be carried off on a stretcher after he landed awkwardly in his delivery stride following the fifth ball of his fourth over.

The injury ruled him out of the tournament that India went on to win for the seventh time.

The 25-year-old was recently seen smoking at Sakshi Dhoni’s birthday bash. However, the all-rounder was a couple of days later seen sweating at nets.

Pandya is a key member of the Indian side and the team management would hope for him to recover in time for the ODIs in Australia in January. India will play a three-match ODI series from January 12-18.

In Hardik’s absence, his elder brother Krunal Pandya is making the most of the opportunities in the national side.

After a good debut against the Windies in the T20Is, Krunal was also picked for the T20 series in Australia. Krunal became the third most expensive Indian bowler in a Twenty20 International when he conceded 55 runs without picking a wicket in the first T20 against Australia in Brisbane last week.

However, the all-rounder produced a better performance in the second game before his match-winning show in the third T20 that helped India level the series against Australia.

Krunal set a new record in the third and final match against Australia on Sunday as he registered the best bowling figures by an Indian in the format on Australian soil.

Krunal picked up a four-wicket haul and gave away just 36 runs from his four overs to help India restrict Australia to 164 for 6. India then rode on Virat Kohli’s unbeaten fifty to chase down the target with 6 wickets in hand.

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Here is your horoscope for December 9, 2018

ARIES
You come to the essence of the problem as you start investigating professional and personal situations. Delay in projects, opposition from family and the inertia of your staff could cause some anxiety. Take things lightly and get on with what you have to do. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.

TAURUS

You can transform a breakdown into a breakthrough with your inner strength and hard work. Limitations and restrictions are no longer able to contain you as you opt for freedom and space. Don’t allow superficial friends to influence decisions or waste time. Lucky number 11. Colour yellow.

GEMINI

Emotional and financial security becomes important today as you make investments and commitments. Feel the expansiveness that sharing can bring. The tension of hanging on to what you think is valuable needs to be examined. Go beyond limitations and restrictions! Lucky number 4. Colour red.

CANCER

Your interest is focused on financial transactions and earthy matters for now. Old habits and addictions can be dropped and new attitudes; diets and fitness programs can be inducted. Guard against a heavy and serious mindset regarding personal relationships. Lucky number 10. Colour red.

LEO

You have great energy to achieve targets and goals. You are impatient and unable to suffer fools gladly today. You make quick decisions and follow plans with dynamic energy. Don’t expect the same intensity or totality from others or you can be disappointed. Lucky number 9. Colour red.

VIRGO

Discussions could lead to arguments and it is best to remain balanced, as conflicts can be resolved now. Travel plans may be postponed. You have the courage to face unexpected situations or crisis. Your friends and family stand by you when you need them. Lucky number 16. Colour red.

LIBRA

Things fall into place; you are in the flow and the natural rhythm of life returns today! Inner conflicts are resolved as you list priorities and chose the right options. Balance should be maintained in all areas of life to get past blocks and reactions. Lucky number 4. Colour green.

SCORPIO

When there is a mess wipe the slate clean and start all over with a fresh and unbiased mind. You need to revamp fitness and diet routines to remain healthy and active. You meet interesting people who become friends. Look at fear in the face and it drops! Lucky number 15. Colour white.

SAGITTARIUS

You are individualistic and can be sudden and expressive in love and anger; be aware! Your heart and soul give you insights and answers that you have been looking for intellectually. Listen to your intuition or gut feeling when decisions have to be taken. Lucky number 4. Colour orange.

CAPRICORN

It’s a time of duality when decisions have to be taken. Your intelligence and humour are scintillating and endear you to friends. Media involvement is entertaining. You tend to be sensitive and take things personally. Be silent and centered inside. Lucky number 6. Colour pastels.

AQUARIUS

Rescheduling plans may be for the better. You make breakthroughs in professional situations after considering what you give up or gain in the process. It’s best not to be unrealistic about goals. A positive attitude in relationships brings healing and love. Lucky number 12. Colour green.

PISCES

Moods swing from happy to sad and then pass when you start feeling strong inside and are a force to reckon with outside. Relationships tune into a balance of love and freedom. Take one step at a time with your feet on the ground and things start changing. Lucky number 7. Colour grey.

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Here’s How You Can Detan Naturally Using Mango Pulp

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Summers are here in full swing and so is the need to binge on summer fruit like mango. Mango is not only delicious but also packs a host of health benefiting properties. It can do wonders for your overall health, provided it’s consumed in moderation. Other than its consumption, mango can be used on the face as well in the form of face packs. Mango pulp when applied onto the skin can treat a host of skin problems, one of which being tanned skin. With summer comes tanned skin. A lot of us look out for various beauty treatments to get rid of that summer tan. However, not many know that the same condition can be treated using natural stuff like mango. This humble summer fruit can be used to get rid of even the most stubborn tan. In order to get rid of that tanned skin, here are a few mango face packs that can come to great help. Read on to know how they can be applied.

1. Mango Pulp Face Pack

Having an uneven skin complexion could be a nightmare for many. In order to get rid of the same, mango pulp can prove to be quite beneficial. Mango has exfoliating properties that can help in keeping the skin well hydrated. Just extract mango pulp and rub it over your face for around 2-3 minutes. Allow it to stay for 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Doing so will help you bring back the glow back after a tan, further improving your skin complexion. Repeat the procedure thrice a week to see effective results.

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Mango pulp can help you get rid of the summer tan

2. Mango And Besan Face Pack

This particular face pack can effectively keep tanned skin at bay. To make this face pack, you need to have pulp of ripe mango, two teaspoons of besan, 1/2 teaspoon of honey and few ground almonds. Take a bowl and add mango pulp in it. Then add Bengal gram flour (besan), almonds and honey into the pulp. Mix the ingredients properly to get a smooth paste-like consistency. Gently rub over the face and allow it to stay for around 10-12 minutes. Once it is done, rinse off with water. Use this face pack twice and watch out for results.

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This particular face pack can effectively keep tanned skin at bay

3. Mango And Curd Face Pack

If you happen to have an oily skin, then this face pack is just apt for you. Apart from the goodness of mangoes, this face pack has curd and honey as well. These ingredients are readily available in the kitchen and can help you fight with pigmentation and tanning in one go. Extract pulp from a ripe mango and add 1 tablespoon of curd and 1 teaspoons of honey in it. Mix the ingredients well. However, make sure that the face pack is of thick consistency. Apply this pack on your face and wash it off after 10 minutes.

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This face pack will help you fight with pigmentation and tanning in one go

So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of this refreshing and healthy summer fruit by making the above mentioned face packs and say bye-bye to tanned skin.

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3 Grape Face Masks For Wrinkle-Free Skin

3 Grape Face Masks For Wrinkle-Free Skin

Almost all of us wish to have a soft, glowing and radiant skin; however, with increasing temperature and pollution, it is getting nearly impossible to achieve the same. Other than these external factors, one cannot deny the fact that our skin tends to go through natural changes as well. As we age, our skin begins to lose its elasticity and moisture. However, in some cases, the signs of ageing like dark spots and wrinkles start to occur at an early stage. Few dietary changes can come to great help to prevent these early signs of ageing. Grapes, in particular, could prove to be beneficial for our skin and the credit goes to resveratrol that are found in good number in grapes. Resveratrol is usually found in grape skin and seeds. If you wish to have a wrinkle-free skin, then application of grape pulp on your skin may do wonders. Here’s a list of 3 grape face masks that will give you a supple and wrinkle-free skin. Read on to know more about them.

1. For Dull And Dry Skin

Strawberry And Grape Face Mask

If you have a dull and dry skin, then this face mask is apt for you. It is made using two antioxidant-rich fruits that are loaded with skin-benefiting properties – grape and strawberry. Take few strawberries and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Add it in a bowl along with few grapes. Mash both the ingredients till a pulpy mixture is attained. Now, with a help of a cosmetic brush, apply the blended mask on your face and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Once it is done, rinse off with cold water.

2. For Oily Skin

Grape And Fuller’s Earth Face Mask

This one’s for oily skin type. All you need is few black grape and Fuller’s earth (multani mitti). The very first step is to blend the grapes into a smooth paste. Transfer the paste in a bowl and add one teaspoon of multani mitti, 1 teaspoon of rose water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in it. Mix all the ingredients and apply the mask on your face. Allow it to sit for 10-12 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. You can repeat this procedure thrice a week for visible results.

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This face mask is for oily skin type

3. For Normal Skin

Tomato And Grape Face Mask

This face mask is a powerful combination of tomato and grapes that have the potential to fight wrinkles, fine lines and age spots. All you need is a small-sized tomato and about 8-10 grapes. Blend the two ingredients in a blender till a semi-thick mixture in attained. Now, with a help of a cosmetic brush apply the paste on your face. If you have under eye dark circles and sun spots, then apply a thick layer of the paste on them. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

So, bring these face masks to use and say bye-bye to wrinkles and fine lines! Look fabulous!

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The power of good skin

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We women juggle multiple roles and handle a zillion responsibilities, both at work and at home. Nothing motivates a multitasking woman as much as confidence. It is that secret tool in her arsenal that gets her going—helping her achieve her full potential in every aspect of her day-to-day life and helping her face whatever life throws at her.
For most women, good skin is high up on the list of confidence boosters. It plays an important part in how a woman views herself, how she behaves in her daily environment, and how she tackles challenges and other factors that affect her. This is often referred to as skin confidence. Skin confidence comes from good skin health—when your skin is well-attended-to and in its optimal health, it boosts your self-esteem and makes it easier for you to focus on the many other tasks you need to accomplish.
Hot Indian summers and pollution can dampen your skin confidence; they are quite harsh on the skin and create problems for it. Cricketer Smriti Mandhana became quite the internet sensation during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The whole country not only fell in love with this 21-year-old’s game but also her natural beauty.

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Just like any young woman, Mandhana too worries about her skin especially because she spends so much time outdoors in the sun while playing or practising, and is also affected by pollution while on the move. Luckily, she’s found a perfect sun and protection shield—the Vaseline Sun and Pollution Protection body lotion. It comes with SPF 24 PA++ which defends the skin from the harsh rays of the sun and Pollution Protection Formula, which protects it from harmful pollutants. This lotion helps Mandhana not only protect her skin but also helps her restore its natural radiance, so that she can focus on bigger things, like say, winning the World Cup for the country.
It may seem like a small thing but on a good skin day, you will feel your best. You’ll feel a little more confident than usual. And, if you have skin confidence, it’s a guaranteed that you will feel like you can get more out of life. In simpler terms, you want to step out, meet people and make connections, take on the world with confidence and have fun while you’re at it.
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New guidelines for skin cancer diagnosis still allow for error

Editor’s note: Elmore described her own cancer-misdiagnosis experience in this video. 

The latest guidelines for the diagnosis of skin cancer provide for a more accurate diagnosis, but still allow for a great deal of error, says a study published today in the new journal JAMA Network Open.

“Providing a diagnosis on skin biopsies can be challenging. A biopsy might be interpreted differently if a second or third pathologist is asked to review the case,” said Dr. Joann Elmore, lead author. She is an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Elmore knows this firsthand. A decade ago, three pathologists reviewing Elmore’s own skin biopsy provided three different opinions, including an erroneous diagnosis of melanoma.

“There is a lot of uncertainty in medicine that is often forgotten by both health care providers and patients,” she said. “These latest findings underscore the need to inform patients that a diagnosis can be imperfect. And we need to find a better way to diagnose both harmless lesions and invasive melanoma.” Invasive melanoma kills more than 9,000 Americans a year.

The challenge is that melanoma is diagnosed by visual interpretation. Every year, millions of Americans have a suspicious mole or skin lesion biopsied and sent to a pathologist to determine whether it is a potentially deadly melanoma. The pathologist examines a slide of a thin slice of tissue and compares what is seen to published guidelines for what is cancer and what is not.

The pathologist’s interpretation is thus crucial to what happens next for the patient. If the lesion is diagnosed as benign, no treatment may be recommended. But if the pathologist says the slide suggests malignancy, the patient will typically undergo surgery and perhaps other treatments.

Pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are clear-cut – either benign or highly malignant – but they often disagree when interpreting lesions in the middle range.

Elmore and colleagues first published a paper on this challenge last summer. The American Joint Committee on Cancer has since issued new guidelines for staging of melanoma.

In the new paper, the researchers describe what happened when the old guidelines and the latest guidelines were applied to more than 4,300 individual slide interpretations examined by 187 pathologists in several states. The study found that pathologists agreed with an expert reference diagnosis on the status of 54 percent of early-stage invasive melanoma, versus 44 percent using the older guidelines. For cases diagnosed as a late stage of invasive melanoma, the pathologists agreed on 78 percent of the samples versus 72 percent under the earlier guidelines.

The study calls the improvement “modest,” but scientists are considering ways to improve diagnostic tools.

In the 2017 report, Elmore wrote, “The diagnostic variability that we found does not mean that pathologists are the problem. My appreciation of the challenges pathologists face on a daily basis attempting to classify biopsy specimens has grown exponentially. Interpreting these lesions is especially difficult and carries a lot of responsibility. Pathologists embrace this responsibility with the utmost skill and thoughtful commitment.”

Collaborators on the paper include senior author Dr. Michael Piepkorn, clinical professor of medicine, Division of Dermatology, at the UW School of Medicine.

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Free skin cancer screening program to make South Florida stop

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The Skin Cancer Foundation is doing its part this summer to help prevent the most common cancer in the U.S.

It’s estimated that one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lives, but it’s highly preventable and treatable when caught early.

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On June 9-10, the foundation’s 38-foot RV, complete with two exam rooms, will stop in Miami Beach to provide free skin cancer screenings and sun protection products.

The Healthy Skin RV will be parked at the Clevelander Hotel, at 1020 Ocean Drive, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The screenings will be available between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days.

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OPINION: Can a low-carb diet really cure autism?!

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MY car started making the strangest thudding noise last week.

I double-parked at my local coffee shop and asked the bearded barista to have a look under the hood. After some examination, he poured a double shot soy latte into the oil compartment.

My Volkswagen Golf now billows choking smoke when I push on the clutch, but the noise went away, so… success!

Almost as absurd as this proposition is turning to a documentary about a diet for guidance on treating serious medical conditions.

And yet that’s what we’re being asked to do with the new Netflix series The Magic Pill.

It explores the controversial ketogenic diet and its apparent potential to eradicate common chronic illnesses like autism.

It argues that the modern diet is to blame for such diseases and therefore, changing what you eat can cure illness.

The Magic Pill presents a number of examples to prove its case, including a young girl who suffers autism but experiences a miraculous improvement in her symptoms when she improves her eating habits.

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Before she switched to the high-fat, low-carb diet, Abigail’s meals consisted entirely of processed chicken fingers, goldfish cracker biscuits and artificially flavoured apple.

After, her parents say her bowel movements improved and she was able to concentrate thanks to the more nutritious food she consumed.

Well, no shit.

Healthy eating improves the way your body functions and the way you feel. No one is disputing that or saying it’s a bad thing, and anyone encouraging Australians – among the most obese in the world – to ditch bad habits should be praised.

Where I have a problem with the almost evangelical tone of this film is what happens next.

Abigail’s parents are so unquestionably impressed with the results that they decide to stop giving her medically prescribed and vital anti-seizure medication.

They do this without consulting their doctor – a trained specialist – and instead rely on the diet.

The Australian Medical Association has criticised the film, with the body’s president Michael Gannon declaring it “dangerous”.

“The idea that a high-fat diet can change a child’s behaviour in a month is just so patently ridiculous,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “And yet the reality is the parents of autistic children are so desperate they will reach for anything.”

Medicine belongs in the hands of doctors and science is not some abstract idea.

While eating better can improve your health and quality of life, relying on a miracle diet alone to cure disease is a stupid prospect.

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Can the Mediterranean Diet Protect You Against Air Pollution Health Risks?

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Air pollution is a serious and growing public health concern. Ninety-five percent of the Earth’s population breathes unsafe air, and scientists are discovering more and more health risks associated with doing so.

However, since the solution to air pollution depends on political decisions and technological innovation, it is hard for individuals to know how to protect themselves. Until now. A new study has found that eating a Mediterranean diet might limit the long-term health impacts of certain types of deadly air pollution, Time reported Monday.

Researchers at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine compared the health outcomes for almost 550,000 Americans near the age of 62 over 17 years based on their exposure to particulate matter, nitrous oxide and ozone and how closely their eating habits matched the Mediterranean diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, legumes, whole grains and olive oil. They found that Mediterranean-type eaters were less likely than others to die after exposure to particulate matter and nitrous oxide.

The findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society 2018 International Conference taking place from May 18 to 23 in San Diego.

“[A]doption of a Mediterranean diet has the potential to reduce the effects of air pollution in a substantial population in the United States,” senior study author George Thurston said in a press release published by ScienceDaily.

Thurston explained that the Mediterranean diet is high in antioxidants, so the findings backed the hypothesis that air pollution harms human health by increasing inflammation.

“Given the benefits we found of a diet high in anti-oxidants, our results are consistent with the hypothesis that particle air pollution caused by fossil fuel combustion adversely affects health by inducing oxidative stress and inflammation,” he said.

The study builds on previous research indicating that an antioxidant rich diet can mitigate the health impacts of short-term exposure to air pollution.

“What we did not know was whether diet can influence the association between long-term air pollution exposure and health effects,” NYU School of Medicine doctoral student Chris C. Lim said in the press release.

They found that, for those who did not stick to a Mediterranean diet, deaths overall increased by 5 percent for every 10 parts per billion (ppb) increase in long-term nitrous oxide exposure, compared to 2 percent for those who followed the diet most strictly.

When it came to cardiovascular disease deaths, those increased by 10 percent per 10 ppb increase in nitrous oxide exposure for those who least followed the diet compared to two percent for those who most followed it.

Heart attack deaths due to nitrous oxide exposure increased by 12 percent per ppb compared to 4 percent per ppb for the least and most adherent to the diet.

For particulate matter, cardiac disease deaths increased by 17 percent per 10 micrgrams per cubic meter of increased exposure for those who least followed the diet compared to 5 percent per 10 micrograms per cubic meter for those who most followed it, and heart attack deaths increased by 20 percent per 10 micrograms per cubic meter for the least adherent compared to 5 percent for the most faithful.

Following a Mediterranean diet was not found to improve health outcomes following ozone exposure.

While Time pointed out that more research needs to be done before it is assured that a dietary change can provide a bulwark against air pollution, you won’t hurt your health, or your taste buds, by switching to a Mediterranean diet just in case.

As Lim told Time, “Eat your veggies.”

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The Best Men’s Hair-Loss Treatments and Products, According to Hair-Loss Doctors and Dermatologists

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Hair: It’s a natural part of being a human. But when the temperature climbs, and skin is exposed, it’s one of those things that a good many of us want to control. This week, we’re tackling hairlessness, not just the process of hair removal (electric shavers and ingrown-hair treatments and aesthetician-approved tweezers) but also what to buy when you’re losing your hair, and even how to take care of a Sphynx cat. Here, we’re talking to dermatologists and hair-loss doctors about hair-loss treatments that actually work.

If you’re a gentleman who’s been noticing a receding hairline or is worried about balding, the first step is to schedule a visit with a doctor or dermatologist and make sure your hair loss isn’t a sign of a more serious health issue. “Not all hair loss is male-pattern hair loss,” explains Dr. Marc Glashofer, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in hair loss and practicing in northern New Jersey. A thyroid disorder, an autoimmune disease, or even a scalp issue could be making you look like Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2. But most hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness, and fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective), it’s just a symptom of getting older.

Once male-pattern baldness starts, it’s not going to stop until every last hair on your head has shrunk or shed, though the rate at which this happens differs from person to person and depends on genetics. And since the grind of hair loss is unending, it’s important to start treatment as soon as your hairline starts bothering you. If you’re looking for a more quantitative metric, Dr. Paul McAndrews, clinical professor of dermatology at the USC School of Medicine and member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, assures me that “you have to lose half your hair before the human eye can tell.” (Of course, if you don’t care about losing your hair and are fine with going full Prince William and shaving your head, go for it. We’ve got some recommendations for razors and hair trimmers to help you out on that front.)

The scientifically proven, doctor-approved ways to prevent hair loss

Rogaine Men’s Minoxidil Hair Thinning & Loss Treatment Foam, Three Month

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Rogaine Men’s Minoxidil Hair Thinning & Loss Treatment Foam, Three Month

If you do decide to start treatment to save your hair, a good place to start is with minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine. Don’t expect this hair-loss treatment to create luscious locks; minoxidil is better at slowing down or preventing more loss rather than promoting hair growth. But, according to Dr. Amy McMichael, professor and chair of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Dermatology, it is effective “if used as recommended, with evidence of improvement seen around six to nine months.” Simply massage the foam or solution into your scalp once or twice daily, and for best results, use a formula with 5 percent concentration.

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Finasteride, 30-Day Supply

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Finasteride, 30-Day Supply

The other main hair-loss treatment that was recommended by all four dermatologists I interviewed is finasteride, often called by its brand name Propecia. This FDA-approved medication is only available with a prescription, but these days, it’s found as a generic and ordered online after a virtual consultation, through start-ups like Hims, Keeps, and Lemonaid.

Finasteride inhibits an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that causes hair loss in men, and unlike minoxidil, this drug can actually help hair grow back, as well as prevent further loss. All you have to do is take one pill a day, and according to Dr. Evan Rieder, dermatologist in the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at NYU Langone Health, two-thirds of men taking this treatment will see improvements in hair density over time.

$29 at Hims

The Rx Hair Kit

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The Rx Hair Kit

You can also get a hair-loss kit from Hims, which comes with both minoxidil and finasteride. Keeps has one, as well. And though it might seem like overkill to take two different hair-loss treatments at once, this is one of those rare instances where more is actually better. McAndrews calls the combination of orally administered finasteride and topically applied minoxidil a “full-court press” against hair loss. “That’s doing the most you can for preventative medicine.” Rieder notes that taking both drugs together is more effective than taking either one alone.

But you must start these medical therapies before you lose all your hair. McAndrews likens it to brushing your teeth, in that both are preventative measures. “The sooner you start doing it, the better at slowing down this aging process,” he explains, adding, “Is toothpaste perfect? No, you’re still getting tooth decay with toothpaste, but you’re slowing down tooth decay.”

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The possibly effective laser comb

HairMax Prima7 LaserComb

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HairMax Prima7 LaserComb

The only nonchemical option offered up by the dermatologists I spoke with — short of a surgical hair transplant or platelet-rich plasma therapy, which is like Kim Kardashian’s vampire facial but for your scalp — was the laser comb. First cleared by the FDA in 2009, the HairMax LaserComb is a handheld laser device that is designed to promote hair growth. As the manufacturer explains in a letter to the FDA, “The device provides distributed laser light to the scalp while the comb teeth simultaneously part the user’s hair to ensure the laser light reaches the user’s scalp,” which, in turn, stimulates the hair follicles.

$195 at Bed Bath & Beyond

And though this treatment appears to be safe and somewhat effective, it’s hard to tell who will react well to this low-level light therapy, which is why the doctors I spoke with were hesitant to fully endorse it. “We’re not sure what the optimal power is, what the optimal wavelength is, we don’t even really know the mechanism of action of how this is working,” says Rieder. Plus, it doesn’t work on everyone. “There are subpopulations of patients who do respond to low-level laser light, but this is not easily predictable,” explains McMichael, though she adds that the risk of using the LaserComb is low.

The trick about all of these hair-loss products and treatments is that they’ll stop working as soon as you stop using them. “They have to be ready for a lifetime commitment,” says Rieder. But, just like brushing your teeth, as long you keep on keeping on with the scientifically proven preventative treatments, those hairs on your head should be just fine.

And about those hair-growth shampoos and supplements

What’s got less evidence supporting its efficacy are the hair-growth shampoos that claim to block DHT (like those sold by Hims in their Rx Hair Kit). Rieder is skeptical that you’re going to see any tangible benefits by rubbing DHT blockers into your scalp. “I find it very difficult to believe that something that’s applied to the scalp and rinsed off is going to have any appreciable effect.” All four doctors also shut down any suggestions that hair-growth supplements or vitamins, like biotin, could help promote hair growth or stop hair loss — though a couple hypothesized that vitamins or supplements could lead to hair regrowth if your hair loss was a result of a nutritional deficiency. But otherwise, if you’re dealing with regular old male-pattern baldness, “There is no such thing as a ‘hair vitamin,’” says McMichael.

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