Vitamin B-5, also known as calcium pantothenate and pantothenic acid has been shown to be remarkable effective in the treatment of acne vulgaris, a condition that has a similar etiology to male pattern baldness. There have been numerous anecdotal reports indicating a rapid cessation of hair loss and initiation of hair regrowth, often within weeks using liberal doses of vitamin B-5. Vitamin B-5, is a low cost item available at any health or nutrition store. The recommended dose for hair loss would be similar to that recommended for acne: 10 grams a day for two weeks, 5 grams a day maintenance thereafter.
1: Med Hypotheses 1995 Jun; 44(6):490-2 Related Articles, Books
Pantothenic acid deficiency as the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris.
Department of General Surgery, Hong Kong Central Hospital, Hong Kong.
"One hundred patients of
Chinese descent were included in the study, 45 males and 55 females. The age
ranged from 10 to 30, and with about 80% between 13 and 23. The severity of the
disease process varied. They were given 10 grams of pantothenic acid a day in
four divided doses. To enhance the effect, the patients were also asked to
apply a cream consisting of 20% by weight of pantothenic acid to the affected
area, four to six tines a day. With this treatment regimen, the response is as
prompt as it is impressive. There is a noticeable decrease in sebum secretion
on the face usually 2-3 days after initiation of therapy. The face becomes less
oily. After two weeks, existing lesions start to regress while the rate of eruption
of new acne lesions begins to slow down. In cases with moderate severity, the
condition is normally in complete control in about eight weeks, with most of
the lesions gone and new lesions only to erupt occasionally. In those patients
with severe acne lesions, complete control may take months, sometimes up to six
months or longer. In some of these cases, in order to get a more immediate
response, it may even be necessary to step up the dose to 15-20 grams a day. In
any event, the improvement is normally a gradual and steady process, with
perhaps minor interruptions by premenstrual flare or excessive intakes of oily
food. With this form of treatment, another striking feature is the size of the
facial skin pore."
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