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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
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C&T: What are some effective cosmetic products and supplements for hair loss? For other diseases?
Well known substances for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia are polyunsaturated anti-5 alpha-reductase fatty acids and natural substances with an effect on aromatase. In addition, new knowledge of molecular biology has clarified the mechanism of action on cellular ATP of some amino acids (such as ornithine) and polyamines (such as spermidine). The polypeptides are acting as mimicking growth factors and may maintain the anagen phase of the hair follicle. They may also sometimes stimulate the activity of stem cells present at the scalp level. In many inflammatory disorders, cosmetic products and supplements can reduce the inflammation and the fibrosis of the scalp.
C&T: What future technologies do you think can benefit the treatment of scalp disorders? Nanotechnologies and ultra-specific polypeptides will give us some effective products to treat most scalp disorders. The key of this activity will always be the control of inflammatory skin receptors, fibrosis and the hair cycle. We are not so far from the first results.
C&T: What are some recent advancements in research of the scalp?
The most important advancements are biological research about hair cycle, melanocyte activities of the hair follicle and scalp and hair aging. The knowledge of cell biology, stem cell activity and endocrinal mechanism of regulation of the hair follicle are highlighting new therapeutic ways, and cosmetics and supplements will be protagonists in this field, in my opinion.