Supplements for Hair Growth: Do they work?

When it comes to hair loss and thinning hair, you can get people to buy anything. Including snake oil. The most common supplements for hair growth usually include the ingredient biotin. Some other common ingredients are antioxidants and omega fatty acids. But what really works? Science says that most of the supplements out there are essentially snake oil. There is not a lot of evidence to support that over the counter supplements for hair loss work. Biotin Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. It’s also called vitamin B7. Biotin is necessary for a variety of enzymatic reactions in the body. […]

Research Round-Up — Pubic Hair Grooming and Hair Removal Injuries

For this week’s research round-up, we’re going to be focusing on hair. Most of our body surface area is covered in hair. And as people, we love to mess with our hair. Whether it’s styling the hair on our heads, removing unwanted hair, or trying to grow back the hair we’ve lost, Americans are pretty hair obsessed. This week’s dermatology research comes from JAMA Dermatology and the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Most Women Report Some Pubic Hair Grooming A national survey of 3,316 found that 84% of women report grooming their pubic hair in some way. (1) The researchers found […]

Hirsutism – Excess Hair Growth in Women

Hirsutism is Excess Hair Growth in Women I’ve been on somewhat of a hair kick lately, and today I want to talk about a medical condition that affects women. Hirsutism is excessive hair growth on the face and other parts of the body occurring in women. You may be thinking of the classic bearded lady. Basically, women with hirsutism grow hair in a male-like pattern. This is usually due to an underlying medical condition. Some of the most common medical conditions that can result in hirsutism include: polycystic ovarian syndrome, cushing’s syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, drug induced hirsutism, and androgen […]

Male Pattern Hair Loss (Androgenetic Alopecia)

Male Pattern Hair Loss Is Very Common Male pattern hair loss, a medical condition also known as androgenetic alopecia, affects more than 40% of white men by the age of 40. I’m sure you’ve noticed the receding hairlines and patchy spots starting to form on the back of most men’s heads by this age. We’ve all heard the men in our lives complain about that one spot of hair that used to be thicker. Think hair loss is no big deal? Although this may be easy for women or those lucky men who have managed to keep their hair, hair […]

Prevent and Treat Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis)

Razor Bumps Happen to Everyone For all the men out there who struggle with painful, itchy, razor bumps every time they shave, the good news is that there are ways to avoid this painful consequence. Men are not the only sufferers. Women can also develop painful razor bumps after waxing or tweezing. Shaving shouldn’t have to be a nightmare. The pimples of razor burn, similar in presentation to acne, can be cosmetically disfiguring. The skin lesions can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, scarring, keloids, and infections. But there are ways to prevent them and several options to treat razor bumps. What causes […]