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J Cutan Med Surg. 2014 Nov;18(6):405-12.

Use of Vitamins and Minerals in the Treatment of Hair Loss: A Cross-Sectional Survey among Dermatologists in Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Several controversies exist regarding the use of vitamin and mineral supplements in treating hair loss.

OBJECTIVES:

To explore practices, knowledge, and attitudes for using vitamins and minerals in treating hair loss among dermatologists in Saudi Arabia.

METHODS:

A self-administrated questionnaire containing 33 questions was distributed to 177 dermatologists attending a national dermatology conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2012.

RESULTS:

Of the 177 attending dermatologists, 144 responded to the questionnaire (81% response rate). Vitamins and minerals were recommended for treating at least one type of hair loss by 60%. Vitamins and minerals were most commonly used for acute telogen effluvium (62%). The majority (72%) reported a good knowledge of vitamins and minerals toxicity.

CONCLUSION:

Although dermatologists in Saudi Arabia displayed positive believes in the usefulness of vitamins and minerals in treating hair loss, further research is needed to prove their role in the management of different hair loss disorders.

PMID:
25348762
DOI:
10.2310/7750.2014.14008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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