Hair Loss Products
Hair loss is a very common complaint in the dermatology clinic. There are multiple medical reasons or conditions that may cause reversible or potentially permanent hair loss such. These include anemia, hormonal abnormalities, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, taking certain medications, pregnancy and childbirth, major illness, general anesthesia, and underlying scalp conditions or infections. With medically induced hair loss, once the underlying medical cause is treated, the hair loss is usually reversed. However, most commonly, patients present with genetically related hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia. This type of hair loss has classic patterns in both women and men, and unless treated, it can progress and will remain permanent.
Fortunately, our medical providers can offer multiple topical and oral treatment options for genetic hair loss. ADVRX Female and Male specific topical solution are available for purchase at Advanced Dermatology. These prescription strength medications are a gender specific combination of drugs that stimulate the hair follicles, improve scalp circulation and reduce scalp inflammation. These solutions are applied directly to the areas of hair loss daily, and will help to both maintain the current hair as well as stimulate follicles that have decreased hair growth. They are safe and effective for long term management of genetic hair loss, and have no negative systemic side effects.
For men seeking an oral medication to improve genetic hair loss, Propecia is a great option. It is a pill taken once daily. Propecia works by decreasing the level of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT is responsible for the decreased follicular function in men with male pattern hair loss. With the partial blockage in the production of DHT, more hair follicles are able to return to a normally functioning state and produce mature hair. Propecia must be taken for 3-6 months to produce a noticeable improvement in hair fullness, and as with all treatment for hair loss, it must be continued as a maintenance medication. Unfortunately, Propecia is not safe or effective for women, and it is particularly dangerous for pregnant women as it can cause birth defects in the developing fetus.
However, both women and men can benefit from another option, the Viviscal Hair Care Program. It is a drug-free, naturally derived system including Viviscal Professional Tablets and Viviscal Hair and Scalp Serum. Viviscal tablets are a supplement containing AminoMar Marine Complex, apple extract and biotin. Taken twice daily, they provide needed nutrients to thinning hair. The condition and strength of our hair can be negatively affected by a diet lacking in sufficient hair-specific nutrients. Viviscal tablets promote hair growth from within by supplying vital nutrients. The result is longer, thicker, healthier hair. In addition, Viviscal Hair and Scalp Serum may be applied to the scalp twice daily. It is a naturally derived formulation designed to maintain a healthy scalp and promote the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. The Viviscal Hair Care Program is a great addition to any haircare regimen, and is available for purchase at skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique.
Also, of particular note, a novel and highly effective topical solution containing polypeptides designed to enhance hair growth has recently been developed. Previously known as SkinQRI FolliSpray, now known as SkinQRI Kerafactor™, it contains a patent-pending proprietary blend of seven polypeptides known as FolliStem Peptide Complex, or FSP. Polypeptides are naturally occurring amino acid chains that are already present in our cells. The blend of polypeptides in FSP include both skin growth factors and proteins necessary to influence the major factors related to scalp and hair health. FSP works by pushing existing hair follicles into the growing phase as opposed to the resting phase, as well as stimulating the induction of new follicles. This results in increased and improved hair density, length, and color. Furthermore, growth factors in FSP stimulate new blood vessels to grow around the hair follicles to improve the scalps circulatory health and improve absorption of essential nutrients into the hair follicles. SkinQRI Kerafactor™ is available for purchase at skinfo® and should be applied and massaged into the scalp for about thirty seconds twice daily.