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Name: Mary

Question: Hello, I’m having alopecia androgenetica. I’m female and my dermatologist asked me to use minoxidil 5% and to use it 3 times a week at least 4 hours before shampoo. Is it really effective if I use minoxidil this way? And I wanted to use rosemary oil for the rest of other day. Is it gonna be more effective for my hair growth like this way?

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Answer: Hi, Mary.

The only medically proven treatment for androgenic alopecia in women – often better known as Female Pattern Hair Loss – is topical applications of minoxidil.

The dose and frequency of administration is often based on the patient’s medical history. Many female Belgravia patients who use minoxidil 5% formulations apply it twice daily, however, we do have exceptions and may ask the patient to apply this differently in some circumstances.

It is important that you discuss this with your dermatologist who can explain the reasons for this recommendation, as well as the expected prognosis from this MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved treatment with high strength minoxidil.

There is not enough clinical evidence on the efficacy of rosemary oil as a genetic hair loss treatment and, therefore, this is not something that we recommend.

If you see any benefit using it, it is usually safe to use. However, please bear in mind that there are a few medical contraindications with it (such as pregnancy, bleeding disorders, salicylate allergy, seizures) and, again, it is best to discuss with your dermatologist whether this is a suitable treatment for your hair loss.

Additionally, rosemary oil may occasionally irritate the skin and you should be careful when using it alongside topical medication, including your current minoxidil hair loss solution.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

In 2015, Northwestern University in the USA announced it would be conducting a clinical trial to establish PAI-1 levels in people with non-scarring forms of hair loss.

Now, after a lengthy delay, trial registration information for this research states that enrolment began on 27th November 2019.

What is PAI-1?

What is PAI-1?

Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is a protein which plays an important role in preventing blood clotting.

It is produced by the cells lining the blood vessels and can also be secreted by adipose (body fat) tissue.

At elevated levels, PAI-1 has been associated with various illnesses and conditions, from haemorrhaging and certain types of cancer to obesity and thrombosis.

The stated aim and methodology of the clinical trial, is given as follows: “This study will investigate whether subjects who suffer from hair loss have increased levels of PAI-1 compared to age-matched control subjects…

Tissue PAI-1 expression levels will be determined by immunohistochemistry, a three-layer biotin-strepavidin system. Positive PAI-1 expression per total tissue area will be quantified using the color-picker function in imaging software.The PAI-1 expression found in normal scalps will be compared to those found in scalps with hair loss.

Presumably, making a connection between raised PAI-1 levels and hair loss would provide a new avenue for researchers investigating the biology of certain forms of alopecia. This may also then give scientists another angle to explore when developing future hair loss treatments.

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Trial participant criteria

The 55 participants are all aged between 18 and 60 years of age and have been diagnosed with one of three separate hair loss conditions.

These are Androgenetic Alopecia (better known as Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss), temporary shedding from Telogen Effluvium or patchy hair fall caused by the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata.

None of the volunteers have had hair transplant surgery, nor do they have any inflammatory scalp conditions, such as psoriasis, or scarring hair loss (cicatricial alopecia).

Those recruited have never used topical hair loss solutions, such as high strength minoxidil, to help encourage hair regrowth. Minoxidil is the only topical, unisex hair loss medication that is MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved for the treatment of genetic hair loss; although not licensed for use on other hair loss conditions, its benefits in certain cases are widely acknowledged.

Each of these participants will undergo a scalp biopsy and be matched with a healthy volunteer of the same age, who has no history of hairloss, to act as a control.

We look forward to seeing the findings of this novel exploration, which are estimated to be completed in June 2020, and will update this Belgravia hair loss blog when updates become available.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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This client has three separate conditions – Female Pattern Hair Loss, Traction Alopeciaand Follicular Degeneration Syndrome which are being treated simultaneously, thanks to a personalised treatment plan available from Belgravia, as devised by her dedicated hair loss specialist.

Find out what she had to say about her regrowth results so far and see them close up, or find out more about treating Female Pattern Hair Loss, Traction Alopeciaor Follicular Degeneration Syndrome by clicking the buttons below…

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

As winter rolls around many people start eyeing up nutritional supplements to boost their immune system in the hope of preventing colds.

Many of these products contain zinc, an essential trace element that plays a vital role in various biological functions but which cannot be generated by the body.

The reason it appears in many ‘immune support’ nutritional products is because zinc contributes to the normal function of the immune system. These are often marketed as ‘helping to fight infection’; this is because it has also been shown, in systematic reviews of clinical studies, that zinc can shorten the duration of a cold.

Zinc also has a number of other health benefits, as, not only does it contribute to the maintenance of normal vision and normal cognitive function, but it can support the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nail health.

The role of zinc in hair growth and hair loss

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When Belgravia hair experts developed the formulation for Hair Vitalics food supplements, both for Men and for Women, zinc was one of the first ingredients to be included. There are three key reasons for this…

Firstly, zinc is known to help support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, making it something of a no-brainer to include in a highly-targeted hair supplement.

Secondly, zinc also has a role in the process of cell division and contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to premature hair loss in at least two clinical studies.

Thirdly, zinc deficiency can contribute to hair loss so it is important for people to ensure they consume a healthy amount every day. Some people may not be able to absorb zinc properly and, in these cases, a GP should be consulted as the underlying reason will need to be established so that appropriate treatment can be decided upon.

Recently, it has also been shown in clinical trials that men with Male Pattern Baldness may benefit from zinc and biotin.Whilst women with Female Pattern Hair Loss were shown to have lower levels of zinc and iron. Both biotin – another well-known hair vitamin – and iron are also included in both Hair Vitalics formulations.

Various clinical trials over the years have also linked the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata to low zinc levels.

Daily recommendations for zinc

The NHS advises that the recommended daily intake of zinc is 5.5–9.5mg a day for men, and 4–7mg a day for women.*

The UK Food Standards Agency and Department of Health recommends not consuming more than 25mg of zinc per day, as “too much may cause anaemia and weakening of the bones”. *

Therefore, when taking zinc supplements, or other nutritional support products containing zinc, such as multivitamins or hair supplements, it is important to ensure your intake, including zinc obtained through your diet, meets this criteria.

Causes of zinc deficiency

Zinc must be supplied through the diet. It can easily be obtained from a number of dietary sources, including meat, seafood, legumes (chick peas, lentils and even baked beans), seeds and nuts.

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Oysters are considered the most naturally zinc-rich foodstuff

Oysters are considered the most zinc-rich food stuff for meat-eaters and pescatarians, whilst sun-dried tomatoes and pumpkin seeds are among the best natural vegetarian and vegan sources of zinc.

In addition to those not getting enough zinc through their diets because of an unbalanced diet, deficiency can also occur for various other reasons.

Zinc deficiency is often seen in people “consuming large amounts of cereal grain (which contains a phytate considered to be chelating agent of zinc), in those with poor meat consumption or TPN [Total Parenteral Nutrition], and in infants on milk formula. Other causes of zinc deficiency include anorexia nervosa (secondary to inadequate intake, increased zinc excretion, and malabsorption due to laxative abuse), inflammatory bowel disease, jejunal bypass surgery, and cystic fibrosis. Alcoholism, malignancy, burns, infection, and pregnancy may all cause increased metabolism and excretion of zinc,” according to research published in the Dermatology & Therapy journal in March 2019 (source: doi: 10.1007/s13555-018-0278-6).

Those with eczema or seborrheic dermatitis may find their conditions worsen as a result of zinc deficiency. It can also make wound-healing slower.

If you are concerned about a potential zinc deficiency, it is best to contact your GP as they should be able to refer you for the appropriate blood tests, urine tests and/or hair strand analysis.

Thinning hair and excessive hair fall which presents as a result of zinc deficiency is known as Telogen Effluvium. It is a temporary form of hairloss which tends to become obvious around three months after being triggered.

It causes up to 30-40 per cent of all scalp hair to shed, so may be alarming, but normal hair regrowth should resume with six months, though treatment to accelerate this process may be helpful.

For those worried about sudden or unusual levels of shedding, consulting a professional hair loss specialist may be both informative and a huge relief. They will be able to identify the cause of the thinning and explain both why it is happening and what can be done to encourage hair growth, as well as providing personalised recommendations for hair loss treatments and hair growth supporting products, where appropriate.

* Information correct at time of writing: November 2019 (Source: NHS.uk)

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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Name: Key

Question: I’m losing my hair – just a NW1 hairline at the moment but I want to stop it receding any further as soon as I can – but there’s no hair loss clinic near where I live so how can I get treatment?

Answer: Hi, Key. The good news is, you don’t need to have a hair loss clinic near you in order to get treatment! You don’t mention whereabouts you are based but if you are based in the UK but outside London, or if you are in many other countries around the world, we are often able to send out hair loss treatment by post or via a courier service.

There are two clinically-proven Male Pattern Hair Loss medications which are both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved; these are the oral DHT inhibitor, finasteride 1mg, which can be used by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over, and topical applications of high strength minoxidil to help accelerate hair growth.

Some formulations of this dose-dependent hair loss drug are available over-the-counter, whilst others are available only with a prescription; finasteride is prescription-only. Both can be used on their own or together as an on-going way to help in preventing baldness.

As you are particularly concerned about a receding hairline, which is a stubborn area of the scalp as hair grows slower in that region, Belgravia hair loss specialists would generally recommend a combination approach featuring both minoxidil and finasteride.

This is so the one-a-day pill can reduce the amount of DHT in your system – which is what hair follicles along the top of the scalp from crown to hairline become sensitive to, leading to thinning hair and receding in cases of Male Pattern Baldness – while the topical solution can actively encourage localised hair growth.

These men’s hair loss treatments can be further augmented by additional hair growth supporting products, including the FDA-cleared LaserBand device and/or Hair Vitalics for Men food supplement, which was specially developed by Belgravia hair experts to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth.

In order to determine which hair loss products are most suited to you, taking into account your condition, level and pattern of shedding, medical profile and any lifestyle needs, the first step is to have a professional consultation.

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This can be done online using the website’s online consultation service which allows you to upload photos which will help your specialist to diagnose your condition and recommend the optimal treatments in line with their findings.

Once your form, including any photo attachments, has been submitted, it is sent directly to a hairloss specialist for review. They will then contact you to discuss their diagnosis and recommendations, which will also be emailed to you, for your consideration along with the relevant prices and payment options.

Should you decide to proceed with treatment, you are then allocated your own dedicated treatment advisor who will have your course components sent out to you at your address of choice. From then on you can contact them at any time throughout the process for advice on things like application reminders and general support, plus they will check in with you regularly for progress updates and to ensure everything is going as well as is possible.

As you are currently at an early stage of haiross, as a Norwood 1 classification represents, there is plenty of time for you to ensure you get all the details you need to make an informed choice. I hope this information is helpful but if you have any further queries, please do let us know.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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There are currently only two clinically-proven, MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss medications authorised to treat the common, hereditary condition, Male Pattern Baldness.

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One is the vasodilator high strength minoxidil, which is used to encourage accelerated hair growth, whilst the other is an oral tablet, finasteride 1mg, which can be taken by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over, to inhibit the formation of dihydrotestosterone – DHT.

This is the hormone which can start attacking the hair follicles in genetically-predisposed men any time following puberty, causing gradually thinning hair along the top of the scalp – the ‘vertex’ – from crown to temples – and a receding hairline. This can lead to eventual baldness in these affected areas if left unchecked.

Researchers have been trying to develop a topical form of finasteride 1mg, for a number of years, the reasoning being applying the drug directly to the scalp may have a reduced potential side effect profile, and it may also be able to be used by some women.

So far, this has tended to revolve around exploring the safety, tolerability and efficacy of experimental finasteride spray or gel solutions.

However, new research coming out of Seoul, in the Republic of Korea, has shown that transdermal delivery of finasteride powder using microneedles and a diffusion enhancer may also be a worthwhile candidate.

Sustained drug release over three day period

The team from the Department of Biotechnology at Yonsei University and Juvic Inc. developed a topical formulation of powder finasteride (FNS) and a novel delivery system involving transdermal microneedles coated with the powder, to create micro-channels in the skin for the drugs to pass through.

Whilst microneedling is popular among some topical hair loss treatment users, we are only aware of small-scale trials into its efficacy and safety having been carried out to date. The Korean research authors advise a “low delivery efficiency and concerns over patient safety of SMNs [solid microneedles] remain major limitations of the treatment.”

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An example of a transdermal microneedle patch which UNC School of Medicine is trying to develop to deliver insulin

It was for this reason the team invented a novel, patchless powder-finasteride delivery system which could be self-administered straight into the skin without the previous safety issues associated with solid microneedles – the type typically found on home-use microneedling devices such as dermarollers.

Transdermal microneedle patches have been used to deliver medication in a number of illnesses and health conditions already, and it is an area of medicine which is currently being explored for a range of potential uses, including insulin patches to help manage diabetes.

The South Korean team advised in their report, published in the Journal of Controlled Release, “we introduced the concept of a diffusion enhancer for this system, which facilitated the dissolution and release of the implanted FNS powder to achieve its successful intradermal delivery.

Using implanted FNS powder as a reservoir inside the skin, this novel system permitted sustained release of the implanted FNS powder for 3 days with only one application of FNS-PCMs [finasteride-powder-coated microneedles].

In addition, compared with the topical FNS-gel, the developed system showed a higher efficacy in promoting hair growth and increased the amount and density of hair while addressing the safety concerns.”

Belgravia superintendent pharmacist and senior hair loss specialist, Christina Chikaher, said of the news, “As long as the amount of powder released into the skin can be properly controlled, this could be a possible treatment for the future. The article says that this can be self-administered, though I couldn’t find information on how they ensured accurate drug delivery, but it looks promising. I am always of the belief that a topical preparation of finasteride, well-delivered, could have beneficial results with a potentially reduced potential side effect profile.” Continues below…

Journal of Controlled Release - November 2019 - Transdermal Powder Finasteride Microneedle Delivery Trial for Male Pattern Baldness - Diagrams
Diagrams from the Journal of Controlled Release Transdermal Powder Finasteride Microneedle Delivery Trial. Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jconrel.2019.11.002

Current options for Male Pattern Hair Loss treatment

Whilst the potential risk of serious side effects from finasteride 1mg is currently considered ‘uncommon’, affecting an estimated one in every 100 users, some men looking at preventing baldness do opt for alternative treatments.

This approach generally revolves around the use of a customised male hair loss treatment course featuring formulations of the aforementioned, dose-dependent topical solution, high strength minoxidil, used once or twice per day, as advised by the recommending hair loss specialist.

This topical treatment can be supplemented with a number of hair growth supporting products, including the FDA-cleared LaserBand. This popular, wearable device features patented teeth which comb through the hair, parting it as it’s worn, so the medical-grade low level laser therapy (LLLT) it dispenses gets straight to the scalp, rather than just the hair. This allows it to stimulate the follicles, encouraging strong, healthy hair.

HairMax, the device’s manufacturers, claim the LaserBand products – which are used 3 times per week for either 90 seconds (82 model) or 3 minutes (41 model) – have a 93 per cent success rate.

Belgravia offers its clients additional elements such as clinical therapy sessions at its London hair loss clinics, whereby a personalised session featuring a relaxing mix of therapies such as scalp massage, red light therapy, LLLT and scalp steaming, to help boost hair health.

Hair Vitalics for Men, an exclusive one-a-day food supplement developed by Belgravia hair experts, also fits well with a pharmaceutical treatment plan, though it can also be taken to simply help maintain normal healthy hair growth. It contains a highly-targeted blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanicals, including biotin, zinc, selenium and saw palmetto.

If you are worried about losing your hair, either after noticing signs of hairloss or feeling a drop in your usual hair density, and would like to explore ways to keep your hair, although many of the treatments in development may sound fantastic, they could still be a long way off yet. Therefore, given Male Pattern Baldness is a permanent and progressive condition, it’s wise to seek advice on what options may be best for you, as early on in the process as possible.


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The Belgravia Centre is an organisation specialising in hair growth and hair loss prevention with two clinics and in-house pharmacies in Central London, UK. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which includes the world’s largest gallery of hair growth comparison photos and demonstrates the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time to arrange a free consultation.

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