I did some hair waxing on the spots, then some pretty deep scalp dermabrasion 3 days later, then EGF-R inhibition with oral Leflunomide pills starting 3-4 days after that, and the EGF-R inhibition was continued for about 12 days.
I did basically a dupe of Folica’s absolute simplest patent, with only the most active ingredient being used, and no topicals whatsoever during the two weeks.
I’ve reached the 4-week mark from the original wounding date.
A few smaller spots were also wounded during the EGF-R inhibition, and they’re only at about week #3 right now.
Honestly I’m a little disappointed right now. I’ve had regrowth, but there was more happening during the first two weeks than the 3rd & 4th week. The first two weeks out of the gate were a bit more unexpectedly rewarding than lately.
I’m not putting up pics yet because I’ll just get crap over them if I did. The results are hardly visible at all. Nothing that Folica could ever dream of selling as a “cure for hair loss” right now. (I’m not saying this out of genuine disappointment yet, so much as just trying to keep us all on the same page about what I’m describing.)
– I can say without a doubt now that the most progress has come from the deepest-wounded areas. These are the areas where I went so deep it worried me at first. I didn’t actually hit blood & start scarring, but I got damn close to it. The skin turned deep red in the first couple of days after wounding. (Not just very pinkish compared to the rest of my skin, I’m talking literally brick-colored crimson red.)
– The results so far could still be just from the dermabrasion alone. I went deep, the early regrowth came up very quickly afterwards, and that’s mainly were the major results are. I wouldn’t be shocked if this is just from that process, and anything related to the EGF-R inhibition is still yet to come later.
– Having said that, just the dermabrasion seems to really regrow a little something. Not “cosmetically significant” or anything, but repeating it a bunch of times on the same area might gradually build up something more visible over a couple years. It’s no worse than the cost, effort, grow-out, and risk of our current HT options.
(We’re all ready to line up for thousands of dollars worth of injections from ICX as soon as they prove ANYTHING is being regrown from it, right? We say that we’re ready to pay to repeat the procedure round-after-round, until it starts to look decent . . . IMO it sounds a lot cheaper & easier to just start spending only hundreds of dollars doing round-after-round of regular dermabrasion right now.)
– I inhibited the EGF-R with Leflunomide, and this stuff doesn’t leave the body very quickly. Even taking some charcoal to kick it out, I’ll bet I ended up having the Leflunomide in my system another week after I discontinued taking the pills. I don’t know; this may push back my EGFR-caused results a little longer than the expected day #45 or whatever. It’s just the nature of the beast with oral Arava pills. (But continued EGF-R inhibition didn’t stop the cancer patient’s regrowth from sprouting so I’m not too worried about it overall.)
That’s the news.
I’ll probably post up again at about 45-50 days. Hopefully there will be some more progress by then.