" A recent study suggests that panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) is effective for the treatment of androgenic alopecia."
Studies showed that chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are major causes of all types of hair loss including androgenic alopecia. Apart from finasteride and minoxidil; caffeine, vitamins and essential oils can be used effectively to prevent and reduce hair loss. Some vitamins particularly vitamin B3, vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5, have excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects on hair follicles and scalp.
The 3 Best Vitamins for Topical Hair Loss Treatment
1. Vitamin B3
Studies showed that vitamin B3 boosts blood circulation and reduces inflammation in the scalp. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to keep hair follicles active. Poor blood circulation causes the hair follicles to shrink and become dormant. Dormant hair follicles can't grow hair. Vitamin B3 also prevents hair loss by reducing inflammation in the scalp. Just like poor blood circulation, inflammation is one of the major factors in hair loss. Inflammation causes damage to hair follicles. It weakens the hair roots and causes the hair to fall.
The best form of vitamin B3 is niacinamide. Unlike niacin which can be irritating, niacinamide has soothing effects so it is suitable for even sensitive scalp. Niacinamide is one of the key ingredients in Hair Loss Solution for Men and Women. These synergistic hair follicle rejuvenating formulas activate dormant hair follicles, reduce hair fall and help reverse the effects of dihydrotestosterone on hair growth cycle.
2. Vitamin E
Studies showed that there is a strong link between oxidative stress and hair loss. Oxidative stress can cause chronic inflammation in the scalp which leads to severe hair fall. People who suffer from hair loss usually have lower levels of antioxidants in their scalp. Vitamin E is scientifically known as one of the best antioxidants. Vitamin E neutralises free radicals and protects hair follicles from oxidative stress.
One of the best forms of vitamin E is tocopheryl acetate which has a stable molecular structure and high antioxidative properties. Tocopheryl acetate is one of the key ingredients in Scalp Stimulator, the pre-shampoo hair root activator for thinning hair.
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3. Pro-Vitamin B5
Pro-vitamin B5 or also known as panthenol has long been used in many hair care formulas. A recent study suggests that panthenol is effective for the treatment of androgenic alopecia, the most common hair loss in both men and women. Panthenol has been shown to boost cellular repair activity in hair follicles, prevent inflammation and oxidative stress in the scalp. It also strengthens hair structure and prevents brittleness and breakage. Panthenol is one of the key ingredients in Hair Growth Serum. This hair growth boosting serum promotes new hair growth and reduces hair fall.
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Caffeine Helps Prevent Baldness in Men and Women
In hair follicles, testosterone gets converted to dihydrotestosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (5-AR). A study published in the International Journal of Trichology suggested that Caffeine may reduce the activity of 5-alpha-reductase. Hence, caffeine seems to help prevent the hair follicles from shrinking.
Rosemary Oil is as effective as Minoxidil for Androgenetic Alopecia
A comparison study between the hair-growth-boosting properties of Rosemary Oil and Minoxidil showed that rosemary is equally as effective as Minoxidil in promoting hair growth in people with androgenetic alopecia. Rosemary contains phytochemicals that help prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
Rosemary Extract Reduces Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in Hair Follicles
A study published in the Phytotherapy Research showed that Rosemary extract inhibited the activity of 5-alpha-reductase by up to 94.6%. By inhibiting the action of enzyme 5-alpha-reductase in hair follicles, rosemary extract reduces dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in hair follicles that helps prevent androgenetic hair loss.
The Potential Side Effects of Finasteride
According to Reuters (29-September-2019), U.S. Food and Drug Administration have received 5,000 complaints about the adverse sexual effects of finasteride from 2009 to 2018. 350 out of 5,000 men who reported these side effects were also suffering with suicidal thoughts. It was said that 50 of them committed suicide.
Hair Loss and Thinning Hair Treatment
Around 90% of hairs on the scalp are at anagen stage and 10% are at catagen and telogen stages. It is normal to shed up to 100 hairs per day. More often, hair loss is caused by the high number of dormant hair follicles rather than hair fall. There are two effective ways to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
Peppermint Strengthens and Promotes Hair Growth
A study published in Toxicology Research suggested that peppermint oil is more effective than minoxidil in promoting hair growth. Peppermint oil has been shown to increase the number and the depth of hair follicles. After 4 weeks, Peppermint Oil improved the hair growth by 92% compared to 55% of Minoxidil.
Diabetes Increases The Risk for Hair Loss
High Blood Sugar Levels trigger inflammation. Chronic inflammation is an autoimmune condition, the same type of condition that triggers alopecia areata. People who suffer from type 1 diabetes are at higher risk of suffering from alopecia areata, a hair loss condition characterised by smooth bald patches on the scalp.
Niacinamide (Nicotinamide) for Youthful Radiant Skin
Niacinamide boosts the production of collagen in the skin by up to 54%; while it also increases the production of elastin and skin proteins by up to 20% and 100%. A clinical study showed that Niacinamide visibly improved the appearance of ageing skin and helped prevent the appearance of age spots by up to 68%.
N-Acetyl Glucosamine: How To Reduce Age Spots and Hyperpigmentation
N-Acetyl Glucosamine is a nano peptide naturally extracted from the outer shells of shellfish. It penetrates deeper into the skin to reduce age spots, hyperpigmentation and other signs of ageing. Studies showed that it helps prevent the excess melanin production, boost hyaluronic acid synthesis and skin cell renewal.
The Best Vitamin C for Your Skin
Scientifically known as the purest and most potent form of vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid has a significantly higher bioactivity in the skin than vitamin C derivatives such as sodium ascorbyl phosphate, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, glyceryl ascorbate and ascorbyl glucoside.
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