Role of Oral Supplements: When and How to Choose

  • Hind M. Almohanna
  • Azhar Abbas Ahmed
  • Antonella Tosti


People commonly inquire about vitamin and mineral supplementation and diet as a means to prevent or manage dermatological diseases and, in particular, hair loss. Answering these queries is frequently challenging, given the enormous and conflicting evidence that exists on this subject. There are several reasons to suspect a role for micronutrients in non-scarring alopecia. Micronutrients are major elements in the normal hair follicle cycle, playing a role in cellular turnover. The role of nutrition and diet in treating hair loss represents a dynamic and growing area of inquiry. This chapter summarizes the role of vitamins and minerals in non-scarring alopecia. Micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals play an important, but not entirely clear role in normal hair follicle development and immune cell function. Deficiency of such micronutrients may represent a modifiable risk factor associated with development, prevention, and treatment of alopecia.


Hair loss Alopecia Alopecia areata Androgenetic alopecia Biotin Ferritin Folic acid Iron Selenium Telogen effluvium Vitamin A Vitamin B Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin E Zinc 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hind M. Almohanna
    • 1
  • Azhar Abbas Ahmed
    • 2
  • Antonella Tosti
    • 3
  1. 1.Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic SurgeryRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.King Fahad General Hospital, Dermatology and Laser DepartmentMadinahSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.Fredric Brandt Endowed Professor of Dermatology, Dr. Phillip Frost Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous SurgeryUniversity of Miami Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA

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