Once again we are seeing misconceptions permeate throughout this industry. Because the hair loss industry has such a large financial potential and desperation among patients to find the best hair loss solution, you'll find many "treatments" circulating about what grows hair, keeps hair healthy, stops hair loss, etc.
As a consumer you have to be smart about where the information is coming from. Is it a large company that has monies to gain by advertising a half-truth? Is the claim substantiated by EVIDENCE BASED studies (not this so called "Clinically Proven" garbage you see labeled on ever product on ever commercial in the world. Note the fine print about what the "study" was really like).
Evidenced-based peer reviewed journals are the mainstay of clinical medicine. When it comes to things like cardiac stents, artificial joints, pacemakers, etc, you don't see these things advertised in the mainstream media for good reason: their quality has undergone significant peer review to make sure they perform as they should, because if they don't, someone may actually lose their life. But with regards to cosmetic surgery, you'll find your fair share of con artists who are trying to make a quick buck on the latest fad.
So when you see something that is advertised as being "clinically proven" I take a hard look at it and question its truthfulness to the results it claims to achieve. You should too, doctor or not.
Now the situation with Retin-A was never really based on proven data, but more on theory that it increases blood flow and thus used in conjunction with minoxidil, would increase the effectiveness of minoxidil.
This is NOT FDA approved for hair loss. In fact, since Retin-A is retinoic ACID, you are actually applying a chemical on your skin that has the potential for actually scaring the skin with repeated usage.
It is sad that this patient experienced this terrible loss of hair due to this misconception. But it should be refreshing to know that The Cole Group could help him even in in such a circumstance.
Jay Darji, M.D.
The Cole Group