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J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2012 Aug;14(4):193-9. doi: 10.3109/14764172.2012.699680.

A randomized double blind, vehicle controlled bilateral comparison study of the efficacy and safety of finasteride 0.5% solution in combination with intense pulsed light in the treatment of facial hirsutism.

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Imam Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Dermatology, Tehran, Iran. sfarshi@razi.tums.ac.ir

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We sought to determine whether topical finasteride can enhance the efficacy of intense pulsed light hair removal.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

An intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment with radiofrequency (RF) was performed every four weeks, resulting in up to three sessions, and again at the end of the study - 6 months after the start of the experiment. Each patient also applied either finasteride or placebo solution twice daily to each side of the chin in a double-blinded manner.

RESULTS:

A total of 77 patients were included in the study. Mean hair density before treatment in finasteride side of the patient's chin was 19.7 ± 11.7 and in placebo side was 19.1 ± 11.3. After three sessions of IPL + RF treatment, combined with twice daily application of finasteride and placebo solutions, at the end of 6-month period mean hair density of 8 ± 6.3 and 9 ± 5.6 was achieved in finasteride and placebo side respectively. Statistically significant difference was found between finasteride and placebo solution.

CONCLUSIONS:

We have demonstrated that the addition of finasteride solution to IPL + RF hair removal may result in a more reduction of unwanted facial hair in women when the combination is used for up to 6 months.

PMID:
22658123
DOI:
10.3109/14764172.2012.699680
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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