I was recently asked by Single Care why there is a difference in what Dermatologists prescribe in the month of August. I was intrigued by the question and searched our records to see if this was true.
It appears that during the month of August we tend to see a relatively higher volume of school age children and college age young adults. Many of these visits are targeting acne to clear prior to school starting. I suspect that the increases are likely related to acne topicals in particular.
Interestingly, SingleCare also noted that there are increases in finasteride prescriptions as well which is used for male pattern baldness.
We searched our records again and found that the majority of the patients we have on propecia or finasteride are in their 30s-40s so I cannot say back to school is a factor. In considering when people notice hair loss or come in to review options, there are usually a few of triggers that lead people to seek care.
In recent years I’m sure the prescription writing for it has gone up as we have started using this more in post menopausal women with some success as well.