Indian Journal of Drugs in Dermatology (Jan 2017)

Saw palmetto extract: A dermatologist's perspective

  • Varshini Reddy,
  • Aditya Kumar Bubna,
  • Mahalakshmi Veeraraghavan,
  • Sudha Rangarajan

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 3, no. 1
pp. 11 – 13


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Saw palmetto extract is believed to have antiandrogenic properties and has been used widely for the treatment of androgenic alopecia. It is claimed to have much less side effects as compared to finasteride. Along with its use for androgenic alopecia, it has also been tried for other conditions associated with increased androgen levels in dermatology. This article will review a dermatologist's perspective of this traditional herb.