What Is Revivogen?
Revivogen is a dermatologist-formulated, all-natural hair restoration ‘system’ to reverse hair loss in men and women. The system consists of three topically applied products: Scalp Therapy, Bio-Cleansing Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner.
The most important product, and the one that we’ll be discussing in this article, is Scalp Therapy.
Whilst the Bio-Cleansing Shampoo contains the same active ingredients it’s ineffective when used alone. Primarily because shampoos are not left on the scalp long enough for the ingredients to be effectively delivered to the hair follicle.
The Thickening Conditioner, as the name would suggest, is simply used to create the appearance of fuller, healthier hair.
How Does Scalp Therapy Work?
So, how does Revivogen reverse hair loss? In the case of the Scalp Therapy product there are said to be three modes of action:
- Inhibiting (reducing) production of DHT
- Blocking the attachment of DHT to the receptors on the hair follicles (for DHT that is still produced); and
- Activating and maintaining the hair follicle’s growth cycle
What is DHT I hear you ask? In short, it’s is a chemical derivative of Testosterone which restricts the follicles ability to produce hair. Most importantly, it’s widely acknowledged as the leading cause of pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia).
How does Revivogen achieve three modes of action? Through four different groups of active ingredients:
- The first group contains fatty acids: Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), Linoleic Acid, and Oleic acid
- The second, Azelaic Acid, Zinc, and Vitamin B6
- The third, Saw Palmetto Extract and its active ingredients including Beta-Sitosterol
- And, finally, the fourth group are Procyanidin Oligomers, derived from grape seed extract
Several studies indicate that the first two of these groups have an ability to inhibit DHT production.
Similarly, studies have indicated that the third, Saw Palmetto, has the ability block DHT attachment to hair follicle receptors.
While recent Japanese studies show that procyanidin oligomers can stimulate hair growth, much like Minoxidil (Rogaine).
Can Revivogen Reverse Hair Loss (aka How Effective Is It)?
Advanced Skin & Hair LLC, the manufacturer of Revivogen, note on their website that Revivogen has been “proven in multiple clinical studies to reduce shedding and increase hair’s thickness and fullness with 88% success rate. Additional laboratory studies have also proven the effectiveness of the formula in lowering DHT product on human skin cells.”
Almost all reviews of Revivogen laud the various clinical studies that have been done to support its ability to reverse hair loss. These can be categorized into three types:
- Individual studies completed on each of the active ingredients noted above. As you can see in my review of Saw Palmetto, many of these studies, whilst encouraging, are not perfect. There is also no certainty that, even if the studies validate individual effectiveness, the ingredients will be effective in combination. That’s where the next two types of study come in.
- Independent studies focused on the inhibition of DHT (the first mode of action cited above). These were performed on living (non-human) patients as well as in vitro (in a test tube). They show that DHT production is reduced by up to 98%. Unlike finasteride (Propecia), which only inhibits type II 5-alpha reductase (the molecule responsible for converting Testosterone into DHT) levels by 70%, Revivogen inhibits both type I and II 5-alpha reductase up to 98%. In addition, according to the manufacturer, these studies were conducted on the original formula (which lacked several active ingredients added more recently).
- Results of a consumer trial conducted by the manufacturer. The trial, conducted in 2001, indicated positive results for 77% of participants, including a total of 39 men and women, aged from 18 to 65. Participants were offered a free year’s supply if they were willing to report their results. Candidates were excluded if they had been experiencing hair loss for more than 5 years and if they were using finasteride (Propecia) or Minoxidil (Rogaine), both before the trial or during. Of the 39 participants, 77% reported ‘positive’ results including decreased hair loss and increased hair thickness.
Whilst all of this may sound impressive, and for an all-natural product it is, what is still missing is an independent, double blind clinical trial to truly validate Revivogen’s ability to reverse hair loss.
Note: I’m unsure of how all of this ties back to the claim of 88% success rate quoted on the official Revivogen website.
Guidelines For Effective Use
Revivogen can be used once daily, using 1-2ml each time. Each bottle comes with a spray nozzle so 1 – 2 ml equates to about 10 – 20 sprays. If you wish, you can separate the applications into 1ml in the morning and evening. However, this isn’t necessary.
Ensure the spray nozzle is positioned ‘underneath’ the hair so the solution gets direct to the scalp, where it’s needed. Apply equally over the affected area. If the solution drips, massage it into your scalp with your hands.
Avoid applying the solution over other products, and leave at least 3 hours before applying other products to the scalp (or washing your hair). Many users therefore apply the solution in the evening.
How Long Before I See Results?
The consumer Revivogen trials (above) showed that most people who used Revivogen for 6 months or longer saw the best results. Optimal results are normally achieved around the 12 to 18 month mark.
That said, the manufacturer notes that most people should be able to tell if the product is working within the first 60 days of use. In particular the user should notice a thickening of existing hair. (All of which is just as well, as the manufacturer offers a full 90 refund if you’re not happy with the product).
Once you’ve achieved desired results, unlike many other products which claim to reverse hair loss, usage can be reduced to a few times a week (every second day) to maintain what you’ve achieved.
If hair loss continues after 6 months, it’s unlikely it will reverse hair loss in your particular case and you may wish to discontinue. See ‘What to Expect’ on the Revivogen website here.
Best Suited For?
Men and women seeking to reverse hair loss resulting from from male (female) pattern baldness and who have begun to lose their hair in the last 5 years.
It will also appeal to those who prefer natural, topically applied products. Generally speaking, topical products are considered safer as the risk of systemic side effects are reduced (versus those ingested orally).
Revivogen can also be used with other topical hair loss products, and by people who have undergone hair transplants.
Revivogen isn’t exactly cheap. A 3 month supply of the system (Scalp Therapy, Bio Cleansing Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner) will set you back $119. While a three month supply for the Scalp Therapy alone goes for $99.
Revivogen can also be bought in larger quantities, and with or without the shampoo or conditioner (all of which can be bought as stand-alone products). The best deals are had when you purchase a six month supply of Scalp Therapy with two shampoos and two conditioners at $225.
Possible Side Effects
Revivogen’s ingredients are natural compounds, with a solid history of both oral and topical use. It’s therefore generally well tolerated and free of side effects.
Less than 2% of users have reported brief, mild scalp irritation characterised by redness and itching.
- Safe and natural (virtually side-effect free)
- Only one application needed per day
- Unlike finasteride (Propecia), effective for use by both men and women
- Safe for use in conjunction with finasteride (Propecia), minoxidil (Rogaine) and other hair loss treatments (providing other topical treatments are applied at least 3 hours apart from applying Revivogen).
- Not cheap
- Unreliable spray mechanism (often clogs … and sometimes completely fails)
- A slow burner; can require up to 18 months of usage for complete results
Hair Today There Tomorrow View
I tried Revivogen for approximately three months, amongst a raft of other products (including Minoxidil, Tricomin, the HairMax Laser comb and supplements). Applying the Revivogen in the evening and Minoxidil and Tricomin in the morning.
Although I respected the three hours separation in applying the other topical products, I didn’t see any noticeable improvement in my hair loss. That said, it was a crowded regimen and consistency may have suffered. Whatever the case, it didn’t work as I had hoped.
That said, I would still recommend you try Revivogen to reverse hair loss in two specific scenarios – particularly, if you’ve a bent towards natural, topically applied products:
- If your hair loss has only just started. If this was the case, Revivogen would probably be the first solution I’d try
- As an adjunct therapy to one of the two FDA approved solutions: finasteride (Propecia) and Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Why? Whilst I suspect Revivogen doesn’t have the same punch as ‘The Big Three’, there is quite a bit of evidence, as well as a substantial body of positive testimonials, to make it one of the rare natural products with some pedigree in its ability to reverse hair loss.
If you can afford to experiment, which is normally in the early stages of hair loss (from a psychological point of view at the very least), I would always lean towards a more natural solution. Similarly, Revivogen may well provide an extra boost to a primary treatment option to reverse hair loss.
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