What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is the only FDA-approved topical treatment for hair loss. Used by millions, it is regarded as the safest medical-grade treatment for androgenetic hair loss in both men and women.
How does Minoxidil work?
Areas of the scalp with thinning hair and androgenetic hair loss have significantly reduced blood flow. Minoxidil stimulates blood flow in the scalp, sending oxygen and nutrients to help hair follicles stay in the growth phase longer. Minoxidil increases the rate at which new hair follicle cells are built, resulting in healthier, thicker hair.
When can I expect results from Minoxidil?
Hair typically grows 1/2 to 1 inch per month. With continued twice daily use of Minoxidil, most people will see hair regrowth in 3-4 months. It is important to note that in the first 2-3 weeks it is common to experience some more hair loss. This is a normal, positive part of the process where the hair follicle sheds old damaged hair and starts growing healthy new hair.
Who can use Minoxidil?
Topical Minoxidil can be used by healthy men and women over the age of 18 with mild to moderate thinning hair.
Who should NOT use Minoxidil?
Minoxidil should not be used by women who are pregnant or nursing, people with hypersensitivity to Minoxidil and people with heart disorders or low blood pressure. People with low iron, hypothyroidism, or autoimmune diseases should consult their doctors before using Minoxidil.
What is the best way to apply Minoxidil?
Topical Minoxidil comes in the form of a liquid or a foam. Liquid Minoxidil is dispensed with a dropper or a spray bottle while foam Minoxidil is dispensed with a spray can. For men and women with mild to moderate hair loss, the most effective way to apply Minoxidil is in liquid form with a dropper direcly to the scalp as it guarantees more product and deeper penetration of the active ingredients. Since using a spray bottle or spray can with foam Minoxidil can cause the product to dry too quickly and get trapped in the hair, these methods are better suited for men with large areas of balding.
Using Minoxidil 2% Topical Solution
Topical Minoxidil is applied with a dropper directly onto a dry scalp and distributed evenly with the fingers (massage or friction not required). For optimal hair regrowth, Minoxidil should be used for at least 12 months then continued to maintain results.
How do you use the Minoxidil dropper?
Using a dropper is the best way to apply Minoxidil to the scalp.
- Squeeze the rubber bulb and insert the dropper into the bottle. Release the bulb, allowing the dropper to fill to the 1ml line.
- Place the tip of the dropper on the scalp and gently squeeze the bulb to release a few drops of the solution. Repeat the procedure on all balding areas.
- Tap the treated area with your fingers to help spread the solution on the balding areas.
- Repeat twice a day, once in the morning and night.
How many times a day should I use Minoxidil?
Minoxidil Topical Solution should only be used twice a day and will not work faster by applying it more often or a larger amount than incidated. Overuse of Minoxidil also increases the risk for side effects.
Can I miss a dose of Minoxidil?
If you miss a dose of Minoxidil, continue with your next dose. Do not make up for missed doses.
What are the most common side effects of Minoxidil?
The most common side effects of Minoxidil are itching and redness of the treated areas of the scalp. If Minoxidil accidentally reaches the eyes or sensitive skin areas, rinse with large amounts of cool tap water.
What is the best shampoo to use with Minoxidil?
For optimal results, look for a shampoo that contains DHT blocking ingredients and helps with scalp health.
Can I use minoxidil on colored, permed, or relaxed hair?
As long as your scalp is not irritated, you can use Minoxidil on colored, permed or relaxed hair.
Can I wash my hair immediately after applying the Minoxidil?
For optimal results, we recommend that you leave the Minoxidil Topical Solution on your scalp for at least 3 hours before washing your hair.
Can I go swimming immediately after applying the Minoxidil?
It is recommended to allow at least 3 hours for the Minoxidil to work on the scalp before rinsing or swimming.
Can Minoxidil Topical Solution produce hair growth on other areas of the skin?
Unwanted hair growth is a rare event. To prevent it, limit the application of Minoxidil Topical Solution only to the scalp. If the solution has accidentally reached your forehead or other areas of your face, rinse it with clean tap water.
How effective is Minoxidil?
In the original FDA-approved clinical studies, 59% of men had some hair regrowth at 12 months. Similar results have been seen in women.
What happens when I stop using Minoxidil Topical Solution?
Continuous use of Minoxidil is needed to maintain hair regrowth. If you stop using Minoxidil, the normal hair loss process will start again.
Can I use Minoxidil with other medications?
There are no reports of drug interactions associated with the use of topical Minoxidil. That said, when in doubt it is best to check with your doctor.
Minoxidil vs. Finasteride (Propecia) - which one should I use?
Finasteride is an oral drug used for the treatment of hair loss in men. Due to the risk of childbirth defects, it cannot be taken by women. In men, the success rate is similar between 5% minoxidil (twice daily) and 1 mg finasteride pill (once a day). Finasteride (brand name Propecia) has more possible side effects, including loss of libido, impairment of sexual function, and more.