The Safety and Efficacy of a Sustainable Marine Extract for the Treatment of Thinning Hair: A Summary of New Clinical Research and Results from a Panel Discussion on the Problem of Thinning Hair and Current Treatments

September 2015 | Volume 14 | Issue 9 | Supplement Individual Articles | 15 | Copyright © September 2015

Carl S. Hornfeldt PhD RPha and Mark Hollandb
Panel Discussion with Vivian W. Bucay MD,c Wendy E. Roberts MD,d Heidi A. Waldorf MD,e
and Steven H. Dayan MDf

aApothekon, Inc., St Paul, MN
bLifes2good, Inc., Chicago, IL
cCenter for Dermatology and Aesthetics, San Antonio, TX
dRancho Mirage Dermatologist, Rancho Mirage, CA
eDepartment of Dermatology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
fDepartment of Otolaryngology, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL

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(range 24-55) and self-perceived thinning hair were enrolled and randomized in 2 groups.31 Changes in hair growth were measured using phototrichogram imaging of a 0.25 cm2 area of scalp. Hair type was defined by hair shaft diameter as vellus-like (≤40 μm) or terminal (>40 μm). Furthermore, hair shedding was assessed using a validated protocol that collected shed hairs during in-clinic shampooing.
After 6 months, Viviscal-treated subjects demonstrated a significant increase in mean vellus-like hair caliber (diameter; Figure 2). This observation suggests that vellus hairs were transitioning towards terminal hair classification, a process that may continue to develop over the course of the treatment. Moreover, subjects displayed a significant reduction (18.3%) in hair shedding after 3 months of daily treatment.
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In yet another recent multi-site, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 40 women, 20 to 65 years of age, were randomized to receive either daily doses of Viviscal or a placebo for 6 months.32 Subjects’ scalps were photographed at baseline and after 6 months, and evaluated by an independent third party (Figure 3). An increase of 57% in hair count was observed in the treatment group after 3 months. Remarkably, the hair count further increased by 80% after 6 months of daily intake of Vivis