Dr. Joel Schlessinger Explains How to Treat a Condition that Affects 80 Million Americans

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains how to treat a condition that affects 80 million Americans.


Hair loss is a common condition that affects about 80 million people in the United States. Though it is natural to lose a few hairs, a growing bald spot or widening part may be a sign of hereditary hair loss. In this post, Joel Schlessinger MD explains the causes and treatments for thinning hair.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains hair loss.

Hair loss is most often hereditary but may also be the result of a diet lacking essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals or protein. Sudden changes in weight or crash dieting may also cause hair to thin. Hair loss associated with poor diet is usually temporary, but it may take time for hair to return to its natural thickness.

After giving birth, women may experience significant changes in hair volume. A surge of estrogen during pregnancy causes hair to become fuller and lusher. After childbirth, estrogen levels begin to regulate and hair tends to fall out as it resumes its normal growth cycle.

Losing hair may also be a sign of infections to the scalp including ringworm, folliculitis, eczema or staff. These infections are typically associated with symptoms such as itching, flaking skin or irritation. If you experience these symptoms in addition to excessive hair loss, it is best to see your dermatologist.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends hair loss treatments.

PHYTO Phytolium 4 Thinning Hair Treatment is effective option for treating thinning hair. After 16 weeks of clinical studies, 79% of users experienced a reduction in hair loss and 39% of users saw an increase in growth. This natural, paraben-free treatment is specially formulated with capucellpro to prolong the life of existing hair. A blend of essential oils and extracts helps to delay thinning and promote healthier hair blubs, as well.

The HairMax LaserComb is the only home-use laser photo therapy device approved by the FDA. Its laser light energy stimulates hair follicles to reverse the thinning process. It also increases hair density and revitalizes damaged hair. When used for 15 minutes three times a week, most users start seeing improvement in as little as 16 weeks.

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine and B Vitamins strengthens and nourishes hair for healthier growth. This hypoallergenic, silicone-free shampoo contains the natural invigorating ingredient quinine to improve follicle growth. Vitamin B cleanses, detangles and volumizes hair while activating the scalp’s microcirculation to encourage stronger hair.

Nourish hair and promote existing growth with Viviscal Professional Supplements. These dietary supplements are formulated with a blend of marine ingredients, apple extract, biotin, vitamin C and essential amino acids to nourish existing hair and increase density. Taken orally twice a day, they nourish hair from within.

If you experience scalp irritation along with hair loss, see a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Schlessinger.

Hair loss accompanied by itching or flaking may be a sign of infection. Consult your dermatologist who can provide you with the best course of treatment.

Do you have questions about hair loss? Ask Dr. Schlessinger in the comments section.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses how to treat and prevent hair loss

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses how to treat and prevent hair lossIf you suffer from hair loss, you’re not alone. About 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States have hereditary hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In this blog, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares the different types of hair loss and what you can do to treat and prevent it.

Some hair loss is permanent while other conditions are temporary, Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

Permanent hair loss is usually caused by genetics. The most common type of hair loss is male and female pattern baldness, which is characterized by a receding hairline and a thinning crown.

Hormones, stress, illness, childbirth, dieting and some medications are all causes of temporary hair loss. Telogen effluvium is thinning on the scalp, which can be more severe in certain areas. Often caused by childbirth, stress, dieting or medication, this type of hair loss is fully reversible.

Alopecia areata is another type of temporary hair loss. This condition occurs when the immune system targets follicles, causing sudden bald patches on the scalp. It’s unclear how or why alopecia areata develops but researchers believe it is an autoimmune disease.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger suggests using hair loss treatments to keep your strands healthy.

A board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Joel Schlessinger can suggest a personalized treatment regimen to tackle hair loss. If an office visit isn’t an option, there are specialized products that can provide treatment from the comfort of your own home.

Rene Furterer FORTICEA Stimulating Shampoo strengthens and restores thinning strands. The unique formula uses essential oils to stimulate microcirculation, encouraging strands to grow stronger, thicker and healthier. Rene Furterer TRIPHASIC VHT Revitalizing Formula for Thin Hair is a unique scalp treatment that promotes stronger, faster and more noticeable growth by targeting the three major causes of hereditary hair loss.

Taking care of your strands can also help prevent hair loss. In the shower, gently shampoo your hair and never skip conditioner. Don’t brush your hair while it’s wet as this can cause breakage and damage weak strands. Let your hair air dry, if possible, and always apply a heat protectant spray like Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray before using styling tools.

Do you have a question about hair loss treatments? Share with us in the comments.

Is laser hair removal permanent? Dr. Joel Schlessinger advises.

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Is laser hair removal permanent? Dr. Joel Schlessinger advises.Laser hair removal, a quick and safe procedure that removes unwanted body hair from your skin, is a common procedure performed every day in the United States. In just a few sessions of laser hair removal, your skin will feel smooth and soft, but many people want to know – is it permanent? Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares his findings on the topic.

“While many clinics and physicians proclaim laser hair removal to be ‘permanent,’ the actual results are a little less than permanent as new hairs can grow to replace the old, lasered hairs,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains.

“It is likely that hair will grow back if hormones play a role, as it does in certain conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome.”

Although there is a chance that hair can grow back, this procedure is the most effective at removing unwanted hair.

“There isn’t a single medical or surgical treatment that has been as revolutionary in its benefits as laser hair removal and there are good reasons to consider it,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Laser hair removal works by targeting the pigment in dark hair on light skin. It kills the follicle and prevents hair from growing. Dr. Joel Schlessinger notes that because of this, it is important to get it done earlier rather than later before hair begins to turn gray.

Learn more about the best time to receive laser hair removal in this recent post from Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

Interested in laser hair removal? Set up your consultation with Dr. Joel Schlessinger today.

When is the best time for laser hair removal? Joel Schlessinger MD shares.

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

When is the best time for laser hair removal? Joel Schlessinger MD shares.Laser hair removal is a safe and easy procedure that gets rid of unwanted body hair. This quick procedure can give lasting results for both men and women. But, when is the best time to receive a laser hair removal procedure? Joel Schlessinger MD shares his advice on this common question.

“It is best to have laser hair removal performed in the late fall, winter and early spring rather than the summer,” said Joel Schlessinger MD.

He explains that laser hair removal requires light skin and dark hair for the most effective results. The laser targets the pigment in the hair, killing the follicle and removing the hair. However, if the skin becomes darker, it can ruin the results of a laser hair treatment.

“Sunlight causes a tan and any tan can shortstop the laser light, resulting in a burn,” Joel Schlessinger MD explains.

“While some people who are very light and don’t go out in the sun during the summer can still have it performed during the summer, this is more the exception than the rule.”

For the best results, Joel Schlessinger MD says that laser hair removal should be performed in the cooler months when there is less of a chance that you will be exposed to prolonged direct sunlight.

“The risk of treatments with laser goes up substantially in the summertime, so it is best to receive treatments in the fall, winter or spring.”

Have you considered laser hair removal? Find out if you’re a candidate for this innovative procedure here.

Common hair loss drug may be able to slow prostate cancer

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

A new study has shown that dutasteride and a similar drug, finasteride, could actually slow or stop the progression of prostate cancer rather than making it worse as previously presumed.

One hundred thousand men are diagnosed every year with early stage prostate cancer. Removing prostate cancer with either surgery or radiation can have serious side effects such as impotence or incontinence. In the new study from the University of Toronto, it was found that dutasteride and finasteride actually slowed or even stopped prostate cancer from progressing in men with early-stage prostate cancer who choose to not have immediate treatment.

Earlier studies have suggested that dutasteride and finasteride had the possibility to protect men from prostate cancer, but the Food and Drug Administration did not allow these drugs to be marketed for cancer prevention for fear that they may spur the growth of later stage cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger currently prescribes finasteride to men as a treatment for hair loss.

Although this drug is commonly used to shrink prostates, in much lower doses it can help promote hair growth. Dr. Joel Schlessinger says there has always been a concern to him that finasteride has the potential to make cancer worse.

“This is important for many of my male patients who use finasteride because we worry about overall issues with long term usage,” Dr. Schlessinger said. “But this study proves the opposite it seems.”

The verdict is still out on long term usage of the drug in the growth of later stage cancers.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends getting tested for prostate cancer starting at age 50 for early detection and prevention.

The American Cancer Society provides guidelines for the early detection of prostate cancer. Be proactive about your health.

What questions do you have about the hair loss drugs that are in the news?