Didn't think I'd be reviewing this so soon after starting it, but unfortunately I cannot take it anymore. I'll cut right to the chase. I took Viviscal Extra Strength for a little over 2 months total taking 2 pills a day - one in the AM after breakfast and one at night after dinner with water. I am discontinuing use because since starting Viviscal, my monthly cycle has been irregular. I usually have a VERY predictable cycle and can plot on my calendar which day (give or take 1 day) I am going to start my cycle. While on Viviscal, I got my period every 3 weeks or sooner. The first month it happened, I didn't think much about it and thought it was a one time thing. The second month, I began thinking of what could possibly be causing these shortened cycles. The only difference in my life that I made was that I started Viviscal. I didn't change my diet, exercise regimen, birth control, or other supplements. I am suspecting that it was the iron in the pills that was causing the irregularities. 2 pills a day gives you over the daily requirement of iron, so that *might* be the cause, but I'm not sure.
I started searching online for other reviews that might mention irregular cycles and found 2 other people on Amazon that had the same problem after starting Viviscal. Despite this suspicion, I kept taking the pills and another 3 weeks later, it happened again. I have decided to discontinue use because it is not worth it to me to mess with my body for the sake of vanity. In addition to the cycle problem, the pills caused a bit of stomach upset and sometimes bloating. I did get 2 cysts (acne) on my face, but I didn't think it was a big deal. My hair definitely got greasy a lot faster than usual. Normally I can go 3-4 days without having to wash my hair but while on Viviscal, I had to wash my hair every other day.
I will say that during the time I took Viviscal, the baby hairs around my hairline all got longer. I have A LOT of baby hairs and was really excited about the progress. I definitely would have kept taking these pills despite all the other issues I mentioned had it not messed with my cycle. I didn't notice my hair getting thicker during this time. All in all, I was very eager to try Viviscal and was encouraged by the great reviews, but I just cannot take this anymore due to the side effects.
I've sort of cheated by rating this product. I've been using it for almost two weeks and I have been told to wait to see what happens after three months. I'm writing this review because I am very confused about the different ingredients from one Viviscal product to another. For example, I bought the Viviscal Professional at my derm's office and paid $60 for a thirty day supply. When I scour the internet to see if I can get it for less money, I find Viviscal Professional with a box that looks similar but not exactly the same and no ingredient listing. I also see Viviscal Extra Strength with an ingredient listing that is not the same as the Viviscal Professional that I bought at the derm's office. I probably will bite the bullet and buy the rest of my three month supply at the doctor's office but this whole situation smells a bit bad.
This product does what it says. I have a lot of regrowth in less than 2 months. My hair does not grow "faster" but tons of new baby hairs filling in the thinning areas.
My issue is that it has given me cystic acne on my chin as it did to many other previous posters on MA. I will try and take 1/2 the dose to see if that helps but if it continues i will have to decide which is worse, having acne or thinning hair :(
Update: After 1 month of completely stopping use, i continue to have cyctsic breakouts. I will not continue with this pill in any dose as my skin is finally starting to get back to normal and i will never risk going through this again! I am taking away lippies. Yes it does work for new hair growth but the depression that comes with terrible acne is far worse
1: STARTED USE: 7/17/2014 3 1/2 months use, 3 pills per day, no days missing
2: Using and Purchased in Canada,
3: Viviscal Canada is missing Ingredients. when compared to Viviscal States.
4: Results: None So Far.
5: Goal 6 month trial
6: My six months is Feb 17,2015. will post final results end of Feb.
7: Side Effects: None so far
8: My Hair Conditon: Thinning, Sheds like Crazy, Fine Hair, Curly
I am on my fourth box of VIVISCAL, i am from the states but hanging out in canada, which is where i bought all four boxes. its been 3months started 7/17/2014. i take 3 pills a day, I HAVE SEEN NOTHING....so far. BUT.... i notice that there are ingredients missing in the Vivscal from canada vs. the Viviscal you buy in the states. this could be why i dont even see a hint of results yet. It even says on the boxes here Helps Support healthy hair. whereas on the boxes in the states it says Nourshes thinning and helps supports existing hair. there is obviously something fishy going on.
the ones in canada is missing these following ingredients: Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Horsetail Extract and Iron, millet seed extract, niacin. of you go to viviscal.ca you can see the difference. i just recently discovered it. but i am gonna give it 6months, i better see something all this money im putting out. mmmhmmm
PS. I WILL BE BACK IN 3MONTHS Feb. 2015 with finally Reveiw of this Canadian version of Viviscal
All I can say about this product is Wow. My hair is fine and limp and it grows painfully slow. I've been using this product for four months now I really haven't gained any hair but I haven't lost any and I can live with that. Before viviscal my hair would fall out alot, mostly in the shower and now i'll lose about 5 hairs the most. But when it came to hair growth Viviscal worked wonders i've been growing 1 to 1 and half inches a month. I cut my hair not even a month ago to my shoulders and it already grew way past my shoulders. I would definitely recommend this product for hair growth and keeping the hair you have but I wouldn't recommend it for hair regrowth for thinning hair.
I started taking Viviscal exactly one month ago - but wanted to start this review now, since there are a few things I've noticed that might be helpful to others. I read all the reviews here before starting on the product and deliberately chose to start in Fall, since I know the product causes oiliness (both to skin and hair) and the dryer air of Fall seemed like good timing.
Also, I should note that I have naturally very curly hair, pretty thick and it's past my shoulders. I'm not patient and I want it to grow faster! Also, I naturally tend to lose a lot of hair (or it feels like a lot). Plus, I have naturally thick eyebrows. Okay.
So here's what I've observed so far:
- for me, I noticed my 'baby hairs' all around my hairline had grown in within the first 3 weeks. It feels a bit like a layer of fuzz on my hairline, but whatever, it's fine!
- I noticed my eyelashes have been getting progressively longer - as in, they curl out on the sides now, like a natural 'cat eye' effect I usually do with mascara. I am very happy about this!
- my eyebrows grow in even faster than usual. I don't love this, but I'm used to tweezing them regularly anyway.
- my hair has grown, but I wouldn't say it's faster than usual. Not yet anyway. I think it's too early and will see what happens over the next few months. But! One thing that has happened is I lose a LOT less hair. This started to happen after week 3 - noticed fewer hairs coming out in the shower, and now it's very few, here or there.
But here's the key thing I observed and wanted to share:
- this product seems to stimulate all the hair follicles (not just on the head) to get into 'growth' mode. That's why all the little hairs on my head started growing immediately - but I also think it's the reason so many people experience acne. The product is made with oily fish so makes sense that this creates oiliness in skin and hair. Acne is basically hair follicles that are clogged with oil...so stimulating all your follicles with an oily product would naturally increase the likelihood of acne. I did notice in the first week, my skin was oilier, so I switched up my skin routine a bit and included an acne cleanser (Effaclar by La Roche-Posay works for me - gentle but effective) but most importantly - I use an AHA serum (also La Roche Posay) on my skin every day anyway. I've been using the serum for years now and it helps keep my skin clear. I've been very careful about using it every day (not missing a day) while I'm taking Viviscal.
I'm convinced that using that serum, and being super careful about cleansing, has helped enormously. I still think my skin is affected by the product, but no full blown cystic acne (knock wood). I realize this won't help everyone, and if you have naturally oily skin, I think this product would be too much and just make it worse. But if you have dry skin like I do, and don't break out much, being super-vigilant while taking this might ward off the breakouts.
I'll see what happens over the next few months and post my results. I'm optimistic about it!
Try the men's version, it has no iron or biotin.
I try not to write reviews or give advice on something unless i've used it for an acceptable ammount of time so you may notice I'll mention often how long i've used the product. I RELIGIOUSLY used this product to the exact instructions for a year. In salons i've noticed theyre often out of stocks and the stylists will mention how it they can't manage to keep enough in stock because girls buy like crazy.
I first got onto it because I read a mention of it from some famous hair stylist to the stars in a magazine. but after a year I can say that this did nothing. no increased hair length or growth or thickness. the two lippies given are because it at least did not cause any negative side affects. ridiculously priced this stuff and seriously save your money.
I started taking Viviscal 3 months ago. I have suffered (probably hormone related) hairloss for the last 2-3 years as part of perimenopause. I've always had pretty clear skin but it went all wonky over the last couple of months. Why? I thought it was my diet, I thought it was candida, I thought it was perimenopause, I thought it was allergies. My skin was red and there were bumps all over my t zone that looked angry. I had to see a derm for skin cancer and asked him what he thought this flare up was. He said, oh, it's a touch of SD, which I didn't even know I had. Now I'm convinced that the Viviscal has caused this reaction. I went off it 2 days ago and hope to see some clearing in next week or so. As for the hairloss, I really didn't see much change but I only got through 3 months before my skin went crazy. Moral of the story is: be aware and listen to what your body is telling you. Cheers!
I've been taking this twice a day for about 4.5 months now. I definitely noticed overall improvements in my hair and nails. I felt like my hair was growing faster, but I'm not really sure if that's even possible. I know my hair was damaged from dyeing it with dark brown box color for about a year and I feel like this kept me from having to cut it all off. I recently started having it colored/highlighted with a professional again and she said it was in pretty good shape considereing I was dyeing it all over from the box once a month.
Here is where I have the issue. My skin. I started breaking out with cystic acne again. My skin had been cyst free for over a year prior to taking these pills. The longer I took the pills, the worse my skin got. I couldn't figure out what was going on with my skin and ended up frantically trying a handful of different foundations/powders/concealers and skincare items. Even after the wasted money, my skin was still breaking out, then all of a sudden I had an "aha" moment and realized these pills could be the culprit. My skin started breaking out a few weeks after I started the pills. I stopped the pills immediately and my skin cleared up within two weeks and I haven't had a cyst since I stopped. I just went back to taking biotin once a day, which worked just as well.