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The Marriage of Dermatology and Hair Care: A Q&A with Fabio Rinaldi, MD
By: Katie Anderson
Posted: April 2, 2013
Fabio Rinaldi, MD
From anti-hair loss and scalp treatments to heat protection and high-shine shampoos, the hair care industry is big business, reaching US $50.6 billion globally in 2012 according to Datamonitor, representing a 3.7% growth from 2011. At in-cosmetics 2013, the Hair Science in Cosmetic Research workshop will examine the science behind hair care formulations and ingredient development.
Fabio Rinaldi, MD, a dermatologist with Studio Rinaldi & Associates S.r.l. and the International Hair Research Foundation, is speaking as part of this workshop and here, he shares his thoughts on the role of dermatology in hair care formulation.
C&T: How are some cosmetic products used in dermatology and why?
Cosmetics are often part of dermatological therapy, as an adjuvant, for maintenance or for indication for mild diseases. The use of a cosmetics in dermatology depends on the therapeutic needs of the patient, with the possibility of using a quasi-drug to care for hair and skin. More and more, cosmetics are a fundamental tool for dermatologists.
C&T: How are some nutritional supplements used in dermatology and why?
Nutritional supplements (NS) may be used in many dermatological diseases and in para-physiological conditions. I think that nutritional supplements can help dermatologists treat skin and hair diseases, often more than a drug can. Scientific research gives us the opportunity to develop effective and safe NS, and in our experience for some conditions like androgenic alopecia or telogenic defluvium, NS is the first choice of treatment. More and more, NS are useful to treat subjects who have a contraindication to drug treatment and who prefer NS over drugs for the fear of side-effects. Sometimes a NS can be important as an adjuvant to the pharmacological therapy.
C&T: Should cosmetic treatments and supplements be used with prescriptions for scalp disorders? How does this help?
Cosmetic treatments and supplements may be prescribed for many scalp disorders, thanks to some active ingredients that can control sebaceous gland activity, hair cycle, scalp disorders for use of dyes, cosmetics and sun-exposure. We can find many products specific for these problems in the market.