Sensitization to Saw Palmetto and Minoxidil in Separate Topical Extemporaneous Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia

    November 2002 in “ Australasian Journal of Dermatology
    Rodney Sinclair, Rica Mallari, Bruce Tate
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    TLDR Saw palmetto causes allergic reaction, minoxidil causes skin irritation; use cautiously for hair loss.
    The study investigated the sensitization to saw palmetto and minoxidil in separate topical extemporaneous treatments for androgenetic alopecia. The results showed that the reaction to saw palmetto represented an allergic contact reaction, while the reaction to minoxidil was a contact allergic dermatitis. The study suggests that patients with hair loss should be cautious about using topical preparations of minoxidil and natural remedies that may have unforeseen hazards.
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