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Can Vitamin Supplements Outperform Topical Hair Serums?

Can Vitamin Supplements Outperform Topical Hair Serums?
We’ve detailed the finer points of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements in  previous posts, as well as discussed some of the contrasting uses of nutraceuticals and FDA-approved medications for hair loss. When it comes to treating thinning hair and hair loss, however, there are more than just two types of approaches to addressing the issue. Feel free to take a look at those articles too to get a holistic understanding of the backstory, otherwise let’s dig into the rationale behind each approach, then discuss which solution may be right for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of oral vitamin supplements?

The purpose of dietary supplementation, either with something as simple as a broad-spectrum multivitamin or a slightly more formulated nutraceutical, is to make up for a shortfall in your everyday diet. In many cases, you likely don’t need a dietary supplement or nutraceutical to balance your diet, and consuming your nutrients from a balanced diet of whole foods is typically superior to trying to plug nutritional holes. Additionally, many common foods are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals beyond what they would normally contain, helping to improve the nutritional content of the typical adult diet.

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The delivery method is important when considering the usefulness of supplements, as well. Because supplements are taken orally and go through the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream, they don’t focus on the particular part of the body—like the scalp—that you’re hoping to target. Because the nutrients pass through the body globally, rather than locally like with a topical solution, this represents an additional inefficiency with oral supplements.

Most importantly, however, is that if you’re struggling with hair loss that isn’t directly caused by a nutrient deficiency, dietary supplementation won’t change that. Doctors often recommend supplements as part of a broader treatment plan to cover all bases—in some cases, you may simultaneously be dealing with a nutrient deficiency and hair loss. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a nutritional deficit, like iron deficiency, is the underlying cause of the hair loss you may be experiencing.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of topical solutions?

In contrast to oral supplements, topical solutions are absorbed through the skin and applied directly to the target area. Topicals can also be formulated with effective solutions known as delivery vehicles that are responsible for maximizing the absorption of the target ingredient across the skin’s barrier. Combined with the specificity of applying the topical solution to the area of interest, this means that—unlike oral supplements that travel throughout the entire body in the bloodstream—more of the active solution is reaching the area of concern with less going to waste. Our Hair Revival Serum with the key ingredient ProCelinyl™ is a prime example of a topical solution.

Another key factor to keep in mind when considering options for addressing your hair loss is the specificity and intent of the active ingredient. We alluded to it with dietary supplementation, but let’s use the example of iron deficiency one more time. If your hair loss is being caused by iron deficiency anemia, your entire body is suffering from that iron deficit, not just your hair. That’s certainly an important issue to address and correct, but your hair loss is just one downstream symptom among many being caused by the larger issue of iron deficiency anemia. This means that any iron being supplemented to your diet supports your overall health, but if you’re worried about your hair loss symptoms, you can’t choose to allocate more iron to your scalp and less to other parts of your body.

In contrast, our active ingredient ProCelinyl is designed to specifically target the hair follicle. When applied directly to the scalp as part of our Hair Revival Serum, you’re getting a purposefully designed molecule directly to your area of concern. We believe this delivers focused, controlled results and gets you the most bang for your buck when it comes to managing your hair loss.

Try Considering Topical Serums for Hair Loss

When it comes to hair loss, there are a plethora of options to consider—from natural remedy trends like rosemary oil to OTC medications like minoxidil—however, that doesn’t mean that every option targets hair loss the same way, with the same focus, with the same speed, and at the same cost. In fact, the side effects of some options might outweigh the benefits.

If your hair loss is being caused by an underlying medical condition, treating that medical condition is of the utmost importance. Likewise, if your thinning hair is a result of a clear and obvious nutritional imbalance, that imbalance should be corrected as soon as possible. If your hair loss isn’t the result of a dietary shortcoming, however, oral supplements and nutraceuticals won’t solve your hair concerns. In some cases, excess supplementation may actually cause additional issues, as well.

If you’ve chosen to start your hair regrowth journey, first, congratulations! Deciding to finally address your hair loss is a complicated decision. Managing the emotions, doing the research, scheduling the appointments, and paying the costs takes a lot of time and energy. 

At Revela, we feel that effort should be rewarded by results.

That’s why we think it’s important to remember why you’re starting this journey in the first place: You’ve likely looked in the mirror, noticed something about your hair that you’re unhappy with, and you want to fix it. Maybe you’ve done a bit of research into treatment options, but some of the drawbacks of hormonal treatments like finasteride or the initial hair shedding from minoxidil sound a bit overwhelming. Dietary supplements and nutraceuticals feel familiar and safe—just like a daily multivitamin—and might be an appealing alternative, but like we’ve discussed, oral supplements likely won’t be the end-all, be-all solution you’re looking for.

Our scientists searched for ProCelinyl to fill that space between the low-impact but low-risk options like nutraceuticals and dietary supplements and the high-octane but risky solutions like minoxidil and finasteride. That’s why we developed our Hair Revival Serum to bring you the best of both worlds: The safety you need, and the results you deserve. If that sounds appealing to you, join our online community and see what some of our customers have to say—better yet, give us a call! We’re happy to help answer any questions and support you on your way to healthier hair.

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Learn More About ProCelinyl™

ProCelinyl has shown incredible results in both the lab and the clinic towards providing women and men the power to control their thinning hair. Take a look at clinical trial results, our white paper and pictures from customer pictures as they share their experiences with using it.

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Reviewed by: Enzo Benfanti, MEng

Enzo is a chemical engineer and data enthusiast with a background in industrial chemicals. His previous experience is in developing catalysts and designing industrial chemical processes to produce the precursors to detergents, polyester fibers, and other specialty materials. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo [Go Bills!] and his master's degree from Columbia University, both in chemical engineering.

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