Most Hair Loss Cures Are Not Effective, Survey Shows

Apr 08, 2010
The recent survey of men and women with hair loss problems revealed that the majority of treatments that promise to stop hair loss are not effective.

According to the survey of around 8,000 people conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, almost 40 percent of women and 27 percent of men reported about using various types of hair loss treatments. Some of them include Propecia, a prescription pill for men, over-the-counter hair loss treatments, such as minoxidil (Rogaine), a drug that is used directly on the scalp and other herbal and dietary supplements.

Propecia is a prescription drug, also known as 5-alpha reductase inhibitors that works by preventing the production of male hormone, which may be responsible for hair loss. The drug is prescribed for men and is often recommended for men with enlarged prostate. Around 20 percent of respondents said they have used the Propecia and 27 percent of them said that it was very effective.

More than half of all men said that most of the over-the counter treatments did not work. Only 6 percent of men and women said that supplements for hair loss treatments were effective. Minoxidil was claimed to be effective only for 4 percent of people. As much as 12 percent of respondents said that over-the-counter treatments that deal with the underlying cause of hair loss were effective.

Scientists say that most of the hair loss remedies may work only as long as a person uses them and the effect may be canceled after you stop using them. Propecia, for instance should be taken for at least three months to see the results and the drug also has rare side effects, such has depression or erectile dysfunction. Minoxidil may also require constant use for desired effect and side effects may include dry and irritated scalp and increased hair growth on the face.

It is suggested that men and women should seek medical help to find the underlying cause of hair loss and use proven treatments such as Propecia, minoxidil, and hair transplantation. Also scientists work on the development of new treatment for hair loss, such as anti-inflammatory treatment, new hair transplantation methods and light therapy, which may offer new ways to deal with hair loss problem.