All the new therapies for beard hair growth have been described as being the “next big thing” in the field of body growth medicine and are currently under development.
These treatments have been developed by pharmaceutical companies and are now available to patients.
“The most important thing about the growth treatment is that it will have an effect on the skin and scalp, which means that it won’t just change the appearance of the skin,” said Professor Andrew White, the head of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Sydney.
He said this would mean that treatments for hair growth would not only improve skin health, but also the overall quality of the person’s skin.
“They may be able to help with acne, or with dry skin, or even the appearance and texture of your facial hair,” he said.
“They may also have an impact on your immune system.”
Professor White said that although the use of these therapies was limited at the moment, the development of treatments for skin disorders could lead to an increased availability of these treatments in the future.
“The growth of the hair in the beard is the most important part of the process, so there will be a demand for growth medicine in the longer term,” he told ABC RN.
“So it’s exciting that there’s a growing interest in using these treatments, but there’s still a lot of research to do to determine whether these treatments are effective.”
Dr Michelle Molloy, from the School of Dermopathy, said that these treatments were also a boon for patients with hair loss.
“When you have hair loss, there’s usually a lot more concern around hair loss than what you’re doing with your beard,” she said.
“It’s one of those things that is really important that you’re getting treatment for, otherwise you’re just going to get it back.”
‘No way’ to prevent the growth of hair on the faceDr Mollohoy said that while some of the treatments described for the scalp were promising, they could only be used in a controlled setting, and could not be used to treat people with chronic skin conditions.
“I think it would be incredibly difficult for someone who’s not suffering from hair loss to have a beard growth medication, so I think the only way we’re going to see these therapies used is to treat chronic skin problems,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“We’re not going to be using these therapies to treat all the skin conditions that we’re concerned about.”
Dr Melloy also said that there was no evidence that people who were already experiencing hair loss would benefit from treatment.
“For the vast majority of people, they will not benefit from the treatment, but it’s really important to understand the difference between people with the disease and those who are not,” she explained.
“If you have any concern about hair loss or you have a severe skin condition, you should seek treatment for those symptoms, not the disease.”‘
There is no way’ for body growth drugs to be taken outDr White said the research to date was not clear enough to say whether these new therapies would work as well in people with hair growth disorders as in the general population.
“There are a lot fewer studies looking at hair loss and skin disease in people, so that’s a real limitation of this research,” he explained.
“But if we can get to a point where we can show that these therapies work as effectively in people than we have in the broader population, then we can move to the next stage.”
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