It is awesome.
I am CONVINCED that hairloss and scalp irritation/flakes/buildup/redness are (for some) related. That doesn’t mean I know how or which causes which - but there are many studies and people who agree - and for someone who has been losing for 11+ years, I have done my fair share of researching.
I have been suffering from scalp problems for a long time - and I am convinced my hair has gotten thinner along the way.
My dermatologist gave me 2 prescriptions that I LOVE and I think would be helpful for those who think their hairloss is related to scalp irritation.
I have a prescription for Extina which is 2% ketaconalzole (nizoral) in the same kind of foam that rogaine foam is in.
I also added a new prescription - Olux - which is a strong steroid (clobetasol propionate) also in a foam similar to that of rogaine.
Just go to a dermatologist (with some flakes clearly visible will make it easier for the derm) and ask for these two prescriptions. My derm had me try some shampoos at first - but decided that I needed something to stay on rather than wash off.
SO my routine is I use a PTO shampoo EVERY day, I rotate using EXTINA and OLUX every other day - (it helps as you shouldn’t use one too much, but my derm says alternating them is good enough) I use rogaine foam as well every day. And I also take a bunch of Saw Palmetto - need an internal, but too afraid to try Fin or Dut due to the sides.
Bottom line is my scalp is 1000% healthier, and my hairloss is VERY VERY VERY minimal. If you think your hairloss and irritated scalp are somehow intertwined, I suggest going to see a derm and getting these scripts.
I like Nizoral cream, but the application isn’t practical - Extina is. Topical steroids have helped in the past with the inflammation, but creams just added to the buildup. These scripts won’t be cheap - they are both relatively new, but they are AWESOME.
Good luck everyone,