The Safety and Efficacy of a Sustainable Marine Extract for the Treatment of Thinning Hair: A Summary of New Clinical Research and Results from a Panel Discussion on the Problem of Thinning Hair and Current Treatments

J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Sep;14(9):s15-22.


Alopecia and thinning hair are highly prevalent conditions affecting a large proportion of men and women. Diffused hair loss is often more difficult to diagnose in women, mostly due to over-reliance on the assumption of hormonal influences, and it is commonly treated with a multi-therapy approach. Clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of a nutraceutical supplement to provide essential nutrients that aid in stimulating existing hair growth and reducing hair shedding. The supplement Viviscal® contains a proprietary blend of proteins, lipids, and glycosaminoglycans derived from sustainable marine sources. We present here a summary of studies that have examined the safety and efficacy of this nutraceutical; as well as discussions on hair loss and current therapies from a recently convened expert panel in dermatology and plastic surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / drug therapy*
  • Alopecia / therapy
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • Biological Products / adverse effects
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Dietary Supplements* / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Glycosaminoglycans / adverse effects
  • Glycosaminoglycans / therapeutic use
  • Hair / drug effects*
  • Hair / growth & development
  • Humans
  • Lipids / adverse effects
  • Lipids / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Proteins / adverse effects
  • Proteins / therapeutic use


  • Biological Products
  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Lipids
  • Proteins