Hi, Recently I start having a problem of moustache hair loss. I visited a dermatologist last December and he prescribed me a topical ointment called PROTOPIC 0.1%. I’ve been applying it twice a day for the past six months but it doesn’t work all. I even discovered other new spots coming up. This week I visited the doctor again and he told me that he can not help me any longer and it is beyond his ability. Shocking! He suggested to try a medicine prescribed for a regular skull hair loss but he said it will damage your face because it is more sensitive. I did not want to take that risk and add another problem but I still feel like there should be a solution somewhere somehow. Anyway,I am so frustrated with the medical profession here in US. I found your website from the internet and I’m asking your help. How about the ointment he prescribed for me? Is it something well known and effective? If so, for how long I have to apply it before seeing results? What is exactly the cause?
The practice of medicine is not an exact science. That is why it is called a “practice”. Sometimes doctors do not have all the answers.
Protopic (tacrolimus) ointment is indicated as second-line therapy for the short-term and non-continuous chronic treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) in non-immunocompromised adults and children who have failed to respond adequately to other topical prescription treatments for atopic dermatitis, or when those treatments are not advisable. [source: protopic.com] It is my opinion that Protopic will not address your hair loss unless your hair loss is related to atopic dermatitis.
If you are losing hair, you may consider visiting a doctor who can view your hair on a microscopic scale (under a densitometer) to see if there is a pattern of miniaturization. Is there hair loss in the scalp as well? Do you have spots of hair loss in the scalp or in other hairy parts of your anatomy. The presence of other such areas may indicate other local skin disorders such as alopecia areata. I can not write a text book here, as I don’t have the time — but find a good doctor. They are out there.