Hair loss is an increasingly common complaint in the field of dermatology, impairing psychosocial well-being and quality of life for affected individuals. The condition is a widespread experience, affecting up to 80% of men  and 40% of women  in some degree. Patients can be highly motivated to seek diagnosis and treatment .
Minoxidil, originally developed for the treatment of hypertension, is the most common topical agent to treat androgenetic alopecia approved by the FDA . Latanoprost, used clinically in the treatment of glaucoma, has been getting a lot of attention lately because of its side effect of inducing growth of lashes and ancillary hairs around the eyelids . A recent double-blind placebo controlled pilot study reported a significant increase in hair density after 24 weeks of topical treatment with 0.1% latanoprost, compared to placebo .
Both minoxidil and latanoprost can be made available for topical treatment through compounding. Espumil™ is Fagron’s innovative lipophilic foam base that assures simple application on difficult-to-treat areas, such as hairy skin and the scalp, without dripping. Espumil™ has minimal greasiness, itching, burning, and contact dermatitis due to low concentrations of ethanol and propylene glycol. Foam is generated by foam-activating packaging, without the use of gaseous propellants. Espumil™ has proven to be an ideal and stable vehicle for the application of minoxidil base .
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