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Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is a solvent used as a carrier for hair loss treatments as it facilitates the penetration of the active ingredient into the skin.

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  • DMSO is a solvent used as a carrier to improve absorption of active ingredients through the skin
  • DMSO liposomes have also been used for the topical delivery of finasteride, which promoted deeper drug penetration and increased follicular density and anagen (growing)/telogen (non-growing) ratio in rats, compared to rats treated with finasteride liposomes without DMSO and an alcohol solution of finasteride applied topically.
  • Usage of DMSO as a carrier may benefit those who wish to increase penetration of therapeutic compounds to the scalp but may not help those who are sensitive to the effects of specific treatments.
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