Cream for Alopecia

Cream for AlopeciaSeveral creams can be used for alopecia with varying degrees of success. Some are used after other treatments have proved ineffective; others are only effective in less severe cases of alopecia.

Anthralin

Anthralin cream is a synthetic cream and which promotes hair follicle stimulation. Applied to the areas of skin suffering from hair loss, it acts as an irritant and should be washed off after half an hour.

Minoxidil

Minoxidil is applied twice-daily to affected skin and works well in conjunction with other forms of alopecia treatment. It is not effective on serious cases of alopecia and is mainly used for male pattern baldness. It is only available by prescription in many countries.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroid creams have been used for years to treat alopecia but prolonged use may cause thinning of the skin. If there is no re-growth after six months, it is advised to discontinue the treatment.

Topical Immunotherapy

Using a cream or lotion, a topical agent is applied to the affected area, which causes an allergic reaction. This can shock hair follicles out of dormancy and produce new hair growth. One of the main contact allergens used is diphencyprone (CPCP), which is applied weekly in increasing strengths until the skin looks like it has eczema and then treatment is discontinued to allow the hair to grow.

Natural Remedies

Creams using coconut oil and essential oils like tea tree and lavender oils may help with alopecia and the act of massaging such creams into affected areas can stimulate circulation in the infected area.

Choosing a cream for alopecia depends on the severity of the condition and medical advice should always be sought.

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