Hair Loss? Topical Melatonin Treatments Could Help!
Hair loss can affect both women and men, and the effect can be devastating, taking a toll on self-confidence and self-esteem while making you look and feel older than you really are. For women, the effects of hair loss can be especially traumatic, striking at the heart of sense of self and femininity. Sure, wearing a wig is one way to address the problem, but wigs can be heavy and cumbersome, and the continual pressure and friction on the scalp can damage healthy follicles and result in additional hair loss. Hair transplants are okay for some cases of hair loss in specific areas of the scalp, but what about when hair loss occurs in a more diffuse manner? That’s when topical melatonin can help.
Diffuse hair loss or thinning hair is a common side effect of aging, although it can occur at any age. Recently, scientists in Switzerland developed a new topical treatment called Asatex that uses melatonin to help promote hair health throughout the entire growth process. Here’s how Asatex works:
Hair growth occurs in three stages: the anagen phase, which lasts from two to eight years and represents a time when hair is growing; the two- to three-week catagen phase, which occurs when growth stops; and the two- to four-month telogen phase, which is when most hair is shed. Illness, stress, hormones, genetics and other factors can affect the telogen phase, causing hair to shed prematurely, resulting in a widespread loss of hair that makes hair appear thin.
Asatex was designed to work during the anagen phase, protecting hair and improving both the texture and the appearance of hair so it feels and looks stronger and healthier. Its proprietary formulation of melatonin, ginkgo biloba and biotin forms a special protective microenvironment to support healthy hair growth:
- Studies have shown melatonin applied topically can help promote hair growth in people with diffuse hair loss, the most common type of hair loss associated with aging. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant, providing protection against cell-destroying free radicals.
- Ginkgo biloba works by promoting circulation around the hair follicle so growing hair gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong. And like melatonin, ginkgo biloba also provide antioxidant protection.
- Biotin is regarded as an important nutrient for the growth of hair as well as fingernails. Asatex directs biotin micronutrients right to the root of the hair where they can do the most good.
A clinical study of both female and male patients found Asatex was associated with stabilization or improvement in hair loss rate in 96% of patients who used the product for three months, and 55% had improved hair density or increased hair count.
Asatex is easy to use; every dose is packaged individually so all you need to do is twist off the cap and massage the solution directly into the scalp, and you can use it even if you color, perm or use hair relaxers.