New Hair Loss Treatments
New Hair Loss Treatments. Hair Loss Treatment Review. With so many hair products out there, which ones actually work?
Vitamins and Hair Loss
Ensuring an adequate supply of vitamins does help improve hair related problems. Vitamins A, B and C are the main vitamins responsible for hair growth. The biotin, B5 and B6 found in Vitamin B is especially important in stimulating hair growth.
Try to increase your vitamin intake from natural food sources instead of taking supplements as far as possible. This helps ensure that you do not overdose on vitamins. For example, excessive Vitamin A supplementation can possibly create a toxic reaction that instead triggers hair loss.
Minoxidil can work for you
Minoxidil remains the only product with hair regrowth claims that have been approved by the FDA. This form of treatment is relatively inexpensive, and can work astonishingly well.
As dermatologist Arthur Bertolino noted, minoxidil at least slows down hair loss approximately 90 percent of the time. However, this product tends to be more effective when used on women tend when used on men. One 1998 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that only 20 percent of men responded positively to the product, while almost half of the women reported satisfactory results.
Are there any side effects? Research published in 2003 in the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery found that minoxidil at any available strength is extremely safe. Of the 2 percent and 5 percent concentrations available, the 5 percent concentration seems to work better, and using either seems superior to not using it at all.
Yet another possible side effect is that there may be unwanted hair growth in areas such as the face. Nonetheless, this effect is temporary and reverses once treatment is discontinued.
New Hair Loss Treatments
Saw Palmetto for Hair Loss?
The above two cures are the only two that can be deemed to be sufficiently time-tested to be broadly suitable and effective. Other hair loss treatments newly suggested include: hormone blockers; birth control pills; saw palmetto, a popular herbal supplement; propecia, an oral medication for male pattern baldness; azelaic acid; copper peptides; ketoconazole, an antifungal medication.
Unfortunately, results for these other hair loss treatments are mixed. Research on them has been by no means conclusive. Many of these treatments also have undesirable side effects and unknown long term implications. Your best bet at present is to stick to proper regular hair care, the two main methods listed above, and careful consultation with your personal hair specialist. Be careful of those fly-by-night hair products that seem to make impossible claims.