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Name: Lowri

Question: I was diagnosed with lichen planopilaris and I would like to know what is usually a duration of LPP (the active period of LPP) and can it occur again later like after a few years. Can the patches get bigger months or years later? And I would also like to ask how much time you usually eat antimalarials, if they are prescribed.

Answer: Hi, Lowri. Lichen Planopilaris is an autoimmune condition and its triggers are still not well understood.

Examples of hair loss from Lichen Planopilaris - cicatricial alopecia

It can be quite unpredictable and, therefore, I cannot give you the typical duration of the condition, although what is known is that once it damages the hair follicles, it leaves permanent scarring.

There are patients who suddenly notice a tiny patch on the scalp which never worsens and remains stable. There are also patients who struggle with LPP for years as it gradually spreads across the scalp.

It is possible for Lichen planopilaris to recur. Sometimes LPP burns itself out or it is stabilised with treatment and, for many patients, it may never worsen. However, it should still be monitored because this does not prevent it from recurring at any point in the future. It’s different with every patient so, again, unfortunately I cannot provide you with a definitive answer as to whether you will experience a relapse or not.

When the condition is still active, the patches can get bigger later down the line. Your LPP should, therefore, be monitored with regular photos taken of the patches so that you can compare the hair loss and condition of the affected and surrounding areas. This will ensure that any signs of activity can be noticed early and appropriate treatment can be started. As mentioned previously, for some patients the patches never change.

There are various treatment approaches a dermatologist may recommend to Lichen planopilaris patients, depending upon the patient’s severity of hair loss, symptoms and medical history.

With regards to the antimalarial drug Hydroxychloroquine, The British Association of Dermatologists recommends a minimum trial of 4-to-6 months to see whether this is effective.

If it is found to be helpful, the patient may be advised to continue this treatment for longer, until the condition goes into remission. However, such an approach should be thoroughly discussed with the patient’s doctor – ideally dermatologist.

We cannot treat Lichen Planopilaris at Belgravia but we hope this information is helpful and answers your queries fully.


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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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A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Women’s Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

This client has two separate conditions – Diffuse Hair Loss and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously.

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary Female Pattern Hair Loss and Diffuse Hair Loss by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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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.

From Prince Philip to Princes Harry and William, the men of the British Royal Family are clearly affected by Male Pattern Baldness. Yet Prince Andrew – the Queen’s second-eldest son – seems unaffected by this common form of hereditary hair loss, and now we may know why…

According to The Sun, a former Royal aide to the scandal-mired Prince, has told Daily Mail reporters that hair loss treatment during the 1990s left Prince Andrew with an inability to sweat.

Prince Andrew

The Duke of York had previously attributed his anhidrosis – the medical condition which causes the lack of sweat – to an excess of adrenaline experienced after being shot at in the Falklands war. Andrew was a Royal Navy helicopter pilot during the conflict.

During a BBC Newsnight interview regarding his role in the Jeffrey Epstein controversy, the 59 year old Royal said, “I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War, when I was shot at… it was almost impossible for me to sweat.”

Could hair loss treatment be responsible for inability to sweat?

The anonymous aide backed the Duke’s story about having anhidrosis, saying, “We often went to Annabel’s nightclub and even after ferocious dancing, he hardly ever perspired.” But could this really be the result of hair loss treatment for his previously thinning hair?

There are only two clinically-proven male pattern hairloss treatments, both of which would have been available to the Prince in the 1990s. These are high strength minoxidil and finasteride 1mg.

Minoxidil is a dose-dependent topical solution which is applied directly to the areas of the scalp affected by genetic thinning, namely along the top of the scalp, from hairline and temples to crown. It helps to promote accelerated hair growth and has been licensed in the UK for the treatment of genetic hairloss in both men and women since 1988.

Finasteride, which is also sometimes referred to by its first ever brand name – back when the drug was licensed in the UK in September 1999 – Propecia, is a daily tablet taken by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over. It inhibits dihydrotestosterone – perhaps better known by its abbreviation, DHT – which is the hormone responsible for causing thinning hair and/or a receding hairline in cases of Male Pattern Hair Loss.

These two medications can be used separately or, often, together as part of a long-term plan for preventing baldness.

Neither of these MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved hair loss solutions list anhidrosis as a possible side effect. Sweating, or an inability to sweat do not appear at all on either.

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Belgravia superintendent trichologist and senior hair loss specialist, Rali Bozhinova explains, “Anhidrosis can be idiopathic, meaning it can arise spontaneously with no known cause. Therefore, it could have been triggered by the war trauma he initially spoke about, but we have no way of knowing for certain what caused it.”

Off label treatment?

Although it seems highly unlikely that the authorised hair loss treatments for Male Pattern Baldness could have led to anhidrosis, Prince Andrew may have had access to what is known as ‘off label treatment’.

This is where a drug, often clinically-proven and properly licensed or approved for a different medical purpose, is used to treat something other than this. A potentially relevant example here is botox.

Botox, where the toxin botulinum is injected into the skin, is known to treat a number of health issues, from crossed eyes to hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). It has been FDA-approved for various conditions since 1989, with its use for new conditions receiving further approvals as its efficacy and safety for each was discovered, for instance, botox received FDA approval for abnormal contractions of the eyelid (blepharospasm) in 1989, whilst approval for the smoothing of crow’s feet – lateral canthal lines around the eyes – gained approval in 2013.

One ‘off label’ use of botox is injecting it into the scalp to help improve hair growth. Various small-scale studies have looked into its use for this purpose and found it to be fairly effective, though it is not yet sufficiently proven so remains unapproved for this purpose.

As botox is known to prevent sweating, at least locally, there is a chance botox could be the ‘hair loss treatment’ Prince Andrew’s former aide is referring to. It is known to cause anhidrosis, but there are also a number of other health conditions which can bring on this condition.

Inherited conditions which affect the metabolic system, connective tissue diseases, skin damage or pore-clogging diseases including psoriasis, plus neuropathy problems including diabetes and alcoholism, as well as certain drugs, such as morphine and psychosis medications are all known causes of anhidrosis.


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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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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.

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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This client has two separate conditions – Diffuse Hair Loss and Female Pattern Hair Loss which are being treated simultaneously.

Find out what this client had to say and see her regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating hereditary hair loss in women by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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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.

Belgravia Centre Hair Loss Treatment Before and After Results - New Success Story

A new entry has just been added to Belgravia’s Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories gallery.

Find out what this client had to say and see his regrowth results close up, or find out more about treating Male Pattern Baldness by clicking the buttons below…

(Results may vary and are not guaranteed)

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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.

An oral medication used to treat prostate cancer may treat Female Pattern Hair Loss, a new study has found.

Researchers from the dermatology and trichology departments at Ramon y Cajal University Hospital in Madrid, Spain, treated 17 women diagnosed with genetic hair loss, using bicalutamide tablets.

According to the details published in the Dermatologic Therapy journal, these were administered either once daily or once every other day for the duration of this six month pilot study.

The team reported that more than half the participants saw “significant” hair growth, with 53 per cent reporting a “great improvement” in hair density.

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Testosterone-blocking properties

The hair regrowth effects these women experienced were thought to be associated with the medication’s testosterone-blocking properties.

Bicalutamide is an anti-androgen drug, used to stop testosterone reaching cancer cells in the hope of shrinking them, or at least slowing down their growth. It is also known by various brand names, including Casodex which is manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Androgens are male hormones, present in both men and women, which play a key role in the development of male sexual characteristics and reproductive health during puberty. The key androgen is testosterone.

After that time, those with an inherited predisposition to Male Pattern Baldness or Female Pattern Hair Loss can develop a sensitivity to a hormone known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a formed from testosterone.

Where there is an active case of hereditary hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, the follicles located along the top of the scalp, from the crown to the hairline and temples, will become sensitive to the DHT which binds to them.

The DHT gradually destroys the affected follicles, presenting outwardly as increasingly thinning hair on top, a thinning crown and/or a receding hairline in men, though in women it tends to result in diffuse thinning over this entire susceptible area, rather than in defined areas as can be seen in men.

Whereas men tend to eventually go bald here, if no intervention is sought whilst the follicles are still capable of producing hair, women may experience severely thinning hair where the scalp becomes highly visible, but they rarely develop true baldness. This is why Belgravia hair experts refer to Female Pattern Hair Loss as such, not as ‘Female Pattern Baldness‘.

By blocking the formation of testosterone in women, the problematic DHT element is removed from the hairloss equation; in short, if there is no DHT, in theory, there should be no – or very little – hair fall or thinning.

“Bicalutamide has anti-androgen effects so, since androgenic alopecia – genetic hair loss – is androgen related, it makes sense that some benefit may be seen with anti-androgen drugs. This is why some women also use spironolactone as an ‘off-label’ hair loss treatment,” says Belgravia superintendent trichologist, Rali Bozhinova.

“However,” she adds, “with such medications there are more serious potential side effects compared to the only currently officially authorised treatment, topical minoxidil. There are also certain precautions women of childbearing age should be aware of.

Such medications should only be used under a doctor’s close supervision. Additionally, Female Pattern Hair Loss is a permanent condition which requires ongoing treatment, so the efficacy and safety of long-term bicalutamide use in women requires more research.”

Female Hair Loss treatment options

Currently there are two key products which may benefit women diagnosed with Female Pattern Hair Loss.

The first is topical formulations of high strength minoxidil, an MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved dose-dependent drug which is applied directly to thinning areas of the scalp. This vasodilating hairloss solution helps to encourage accelerated hair growth.

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The second – which is non-medicinal and falls into the category of a supplementary hair growth supporting product which Belgravia hair specialists often recommend forms part of a comprehensive hair loss treatment course alongside appropriate minoxidil formulations – is a wearable low-level laser therapy (LLLT) device from HairMax, called the LaserBand.

This FDA-cleared headband-style gadget features an ergonomic designed which includes patented comb-like teeth which part the hair to allow medical-grade laser therapy to get straight to the scalp. There it stimulates adenosine triphosphate production which ultimately should boost hair growth if worn, as recommended, three times a week for either 90 seconds or 3 minutes each session, depending on the model.

Further adjuvant products and services, including clinical therapy sessions and highly-targeted food supplements designed to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, such as Belgravia’s exclusively formulated Hair Vitalics for Women, can also augment this non-surgical approach.

With so many hair loss products available – many of which tend to be cosmetic, rather than actual treatments – speaking to a professional to get a confirmed diagnosis of your condition and take advice as to their recommendations, can save time and money, as well as often providing a sense of relief, whether the consultation happens in person at a dedicated hair loss clinic, or online.


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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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New research has found that pea sprout extract, used topically or taken orally as a food supplement may have hair growth benefits which help to reduce hair loss.

Scientists studying AnaGain – a topical ingredient made from pea sprout extract that was developed by Swiss biochemistry group, Mibelle AG to promote hair growth – in its usual formulation, decided to investigate its efficacy when taken in an oral form.

The small-scale clinical trial found the 2 per cent topical pea sprout extract preparation (AnaGain) as well as the 100mg-per-day dose of oral pea sprout extract (AnaGain Nu) both resulted in less hairloss and solid hair growth.

It did not, however, disclose which specific hair loss conditions these products were intended to treat, although natural hair thinning associated with old age was mentioned in relation to the topical form.

Enhances ‘hair genes’ expression

A short communication article regarding the clinical trial into AnaGain and AnaGain Nu pea sprout extract products was authored by three researchers from Mibelle Group Biochemistry and published on 3rd November 2019 in the Phytotherapy Research journal.

It explains how they discovered the “expression of defined genes relevant for hair, namely fibroblast growth factor -7 (FGF7) and noggin” was enhanced by 56 and 85 per cent respectively in the 10 trial participants, aged between 46 and 60 years, who applied a 2 per cent pea sprout extract solution to their scalp each day.

FGF7 and noggin (NOG) both play a role in ensuring the normal formation of hair follicles.

The study authors summarised their investigational findings from the AnaGain Nu oral pea sprout extract trial, where 21 Caucasian volunteers aged 22 to 63 years, were administered a 100 mg dose per day for 8 weeks in the form of a dietary supplement.

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Hair follicle diagram: Proposed mode of action of the pea sprout extract AnaGain™ Nu (Source: Phytotherapy Research)

They note this “significantly reduced hair loss already after 28 days of treatment (p < 0.002). No adverse events were reported. Consequently, pea sprout extract may be an effective means to safely promote hair growth and reduce hair loss in individuals experiencing excessive hair shedding.”

As the research was funded by the same company that developed and owns AnaGain and AnaGain Nu, randomised, blind, independent testing is required, as well as larger scale clinical trials, to establish a fuller picture as to their efficacy, safety and tolerability for a range of age groups, races and durations.

Hair growth product, food supplement or hair loss treatment?

Another aspect that is crucial to clarify is which hair loss conditions the product is designed to treat or ‘address’.

Should the topical or oral products be deemed medical hair loss treatments – clinically-proven to treat certain specified hair loss conditions – they would need appropriate authorisations from the relevant medical regulatory authorities in each country in order to claim to treat hair loss. In the UK, this would mean being MHRA-licensed, and, in the USA, this would involve getting FDA-approved.

Currently the only genetic hair loss treatments to have gained the status of being both MHRA-licensed and FDA-approved are high strength minoxidil, a unisex topical solution used to promote hair growth, and finasteride 1mg, an oral DHT-blocker which can be taken by medically-suitable men aged 18 and over.

If the products do not gain these authorisations, they cannot claim to treat hair loss, be ‘hair loss products‘ or make any hair growth claims either. Without the official licenses and approvals, these types of products are essentially considered cosmetic, non-medicinal items.

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The oral AnaGain Nu appears to be leaning towards ‘food supplement’ status. This also means it is not authorised as a ‘hair loss treatment’ or medicine of any kind so it cannot make official claims about treating hair loss or promoting hair growth; products in the food supplement category can be largely unregulated, and should not be used in place of a balanced, healthy diet.

When using food supplements it is always wise to stick to trustworthy, professional brands to give yourself the best chance of getting a high quality product. For example, Belgravia hair specialists have used their 25-plus years of experience to develop an exclusive range of highly-targeted food supplements – Hair Vitalics – which are available in For Men and For Women formulations.

These contain a bespoke blend of hair-friendly vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts to support the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth and can be taken on their own or used alongside hair loss medications.

“Although these trials into the potential use of pea sprout extract to help encourage hair growth and reduce hairloss are certainly interesting, it is findings from larger, independent trials that should provide the most compelling data, so I look forward to seeing this in due course as a safe, tolerable and effective natural hair loss solution is definitely something we would welcome,” says Belgravia superintendent pharmacist prescriber and senior hair loss specialist, Christina Chikaher.


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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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