Remox® is a combination of Minoxidil, Tretinoin, Azelaic Acid, Hydrocortisone, Biotin, and Progesterone both in spray and lotion formulas.
Because Remox® uses both Azelaic Acid and Progesterone, it can block in excess of 95% of scalp DHT and is also an excellent vasodilator at the hair follicle level.
Promox® is Remox® with the addition of finasteride. Promox® is prescribed for men and/or postmenopausal women with severe cases of hair loss.
Minoxidil is an antihypertensive Vasodilator medication. When applied topically, it is widely used for the treatment of hair loss. It slows or stops hair loss, and promotes hair regrowth. Now off-patent, it is available over-the-counter for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in both males and females.
Minoxidil must be used indefinitely for the continued support of existing hair follicles and the maintenance of any experienced hair regrowth. It is one of the only topical products that are FDA-approved for androgenetic hair loss.
Tretinoin. Topical tretinoin is a prescription medication used for treating multiple skin issues. Although it is not a significant hair growth stimulant, applying it to affected areas can enhance the effects of minoxidil. It alters the outermost layer of the skin so that it does not form a hard compact layer of cells. This allows for better absorption of minoxidil.
Azelaic Acid is a very weak acid (weaker than vinegar). However, scientific research has shown that even very low concentrations of it inhibit 90% of DHT formation in vitro. The mechanism of action is 90% inhibition of 5 alpha-reductase activities or 5-AR. 5-AR is the enzyme that converts human serum to testosterone, to DHT, which is the compound thought to be responsible for damaging hair follicles and an important factor in hair loss.
Hydrocortisone can be used to relieve itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions.
Progesterone is a hormone naturally produced by both men and women. During the aging process, when the level of progesterone falls in men and women, the conversion of testosterone into DHT increases dramatically. Progesterone is the chief inhibitor of 5-AR (mentioned above). Progesterone inhibits the body from converting testosterone to DHT by binding to 5-AR.
Finasteride’s hair-raising success is due to its ability to specifically inhibit 5-AR, the enzyme that converts testosterone into a more potent androgen DHT. The American Hair Loss Association recommends finasteride as the first line of attack for all men interested in treating their male pattern baldness. It is also very beneficial for post-menopausal women.
In December 1997, the FDA approved a 1mg dose of finasteride for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia (Male Pattern Baldness) in men. It is the first drug in history to effectively treat male pattern baldness in the majority of men who use it.
Latanoprost is the therapeutically equivalent drug to bimatoprost, which is the active ingredient in the prescription eyelash-growing product Latisse. It’s been found to further help with hair density and regrowth.