Cosmetic Corner

Cosmetic Corner: Dermatologists Weigh in on OTC Hair Restoration

Leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on the top OTC hair restoration products. See what they’re recommending to their patients and why.


To improve patient care and outcomes, leading dermatologists offered their recommendations on the top OTC hair restoration products. Consideration must be given to:

  • Glytone by Ducray
Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique USA
“Glytone by Ducray is just being introduced to the US market. The products are excellent and help thinning hair.”— Marta I. Rendon, MD, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Rogaine Unscented Foam 5% and Rogaine Extra Strength Solution
McNeil-PPC, Inc
“I use this product in both men and women, and I find it to be the most effective product available over-the-counter if used consistently. The foam is less likely to drip onto the forehead or temples, and therefore the risk of hair growth in these areas is minimized.”—Whitney P. Bowe, MD, Brooklyn, New York
Recommended by Patricia Farris, MD, Metairie, Louisiana
“I feel very strongly that all patients with hair loss, male or female, benefit from topical minoxidil. Many women find that they do not achieve clinical results until they use the 5% extra-strength formula for men. However, using it once a day and avoiding contact of facial skin with the solution minimizes unwanted ‘peach fuzz’ on the face. There is a 5% foam available, but I find the fragrance to be a little masculine.” —Suzan Obagi, MD, Sewickley and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Minoxidil is still a mainstay treatment for pattern hair loss. Both men and women can use it; however, women may experience facial hair growth.” —Anthony M. Rossi, MD, New York, New York
“Rogaine Foam 5% is my favorite product, as it is effective and very well tolerated. It can also be utilized in women who can apply it once a day, instead of the 2% solution twice a day. Just advise patients to never discontinue treatment abruptly.”—Antonella Tosti, MD, Miami, Florida
Recommended by Jeffrey M. Weinberg, New York, New York
  • Toppik
Toppik Inc
“My patients love Toppik for hair makeup. There is a range of colors. Each comes in a saltshakerlike bottle. You sprinkle the powder on the bald scalp. The result is an immediate perception of thicker hair.”—Amy J. Derick, MD, Barrington, Illinois
  • Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
Neutrogena Corporation
Recommended by Gary Goldenberg, MD, New York, New York
  • Viviscal
Lifes2good Inc
“My favorite over-the-counter hair restoration product is Viviscal. It is a 100% drug-free vitamin-based product, has research data demonstrating good efficacy, and my parents like how it works.”—Wm. Philip Werschler, MD, Seattle, Washington

Cutis invites readers to send us their recommendations. Antiperspirants, stretch mark therapies, exfoliators, and hair removal products will be featured in upcoming editions of Cosmetic Corner. Please e-mail your recommendation(s) to the Editorial Office.

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. and shall not be used for product endorsement purposes. Any reference made to a specific commercial product does not indicate or imply that Cutis or Frontline Medical Communications Inc. endorses, recommends, or favors the product mentioned. No guarantee is given to the effects of recommended products.

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