One of the most popular types of hair loss, androgenetic alopecia is also one of the most difficult to treat. As there could be many causes of genetic hair loss, scientists are always looking for new ways to approach and treat this condition. Recent studies have found that a new compound called SM04554 could be an interesting new solution to the genetic hair loss problem.
Let’s see why this new treatment for genetic hair loss could work.
Current Treatment Options
Current FDA-approved treatments like finasteride and minoxidil have been clinically tested and proven to work to a certain extent. These medications can promote regrowth and help stabilize shedding both in the early and the advanced stages of pattern hair loss.
However, when the hair loss is so advanced that the scalp gets a shiny appearance, that’s a sign that the hair follicles have lost their function. This is true baldness, and it’s generally considered that it can’t be treated, as the condition is too far advanced.
New Treatment for Genetic Hair Loss
But, one company seems to have found a way to treat genetic hair loss even in the most advanced cases where baldness has already occurred. The company in question is Samumed LLC, and they presented their findings at the 2016 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting.
The compound that is responsible for this effect is called SM04554. This could be the first drug that can cause our damaged hair follicles to rebuild. Initial results show that smaller doses of the drug are more effective, but clinical trials are still under way to assess the effectiveness and safety of the drug.
While we are still far away from saying we have a new treatment for genetic hair loss, initial results look promising. Once the clinical trials results are published, we should have a clearer image of this drug’s safety and efficacy.