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How Minoxidil Works for Women

What is minoxidil?

Does Minoxidil work for women hair loss

Minoxidil is a synthetic drug originally developed as an oral medicine for hypertension. Physicians soon discovered that applying a minoxidil solution directly to the scalp could stimulate hair growth. Minoxidil topical hair loss solution may actually produce better hair growth results in women than in men. Minoxidil – the most common minoxidil brand in the U.S. is Rogaine – recommend women use 2% concentration of minoxidil solution twice daily or 5% minoxidil foam for women once daily.

Is minoxidil not an effective treatment for receding hairlines?

Minoxidil for women is most effective in users with diffuse androgenetic alopecia. It is not recommended for women whose hair loss occurs suddenly or who experience patchy or uneven hair loss. There is a belief that minoxidil will not work on the front of the scalp on receding hairlines. What is true is that Rogaine minoxidil has primarily been tested only on the crown of the head in men, and so Rogaine does not recommend it for use on the front of the scalp. However, note that minoxidil cannot reverse or move a receding hairline, nor can it regrow hair on a completely bald scalp.

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Does minoxidil work?

Researchers believe that minoxidil works in part by lengthening the anagen (growing) phase of the hair growth cycle and increasing the size of hair follicles. However, the exact mechanism by which minoxidil works is unclear. Minoxidil for women stimulates inactive follicles at the surface level of the scalp, nudging them from the telogen (resting) phase into the anagen phase. It can ake 3-6 months of daily use to produce results. Using more minoxidil or applying it more often will not improve hair regrowth results.

In order to continue to stimulate the growth of new hair with minoxidil, users must take it continuously. If they stop taking minoxidil, their hair loss will resume. Other drug free hair loss solutions such as hair growth supplements nourish thinning hair in line with the natural hair growth cycle so hair growth will not immediately stop when they stop taking the supplements.

Minoxidil results women

In clinical studies, Rogaine reports that 80% of women using Rogaine Foam 5% strength minoxidil have increased hair count after 6 months. The American Hair Loss Association states that in clinical studies of women aged 18-45 with mild to moderate hair loss, 19% of the women taking minoxidil reported moderate hair growth after 8 months. Minoxidil is best when used for long-term thinning. However, if users stop taking minoxidil their hair loss will return, making it potentially an expensive and high-commitment, long-term choice for hair loss in women or in men.

Minoxidil side effects

Minoxidil is a topical hair loss drug applied to the skin of the scalp. Because of its method of application, the amount of minoxidil absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin is generally too minimal to cause systemic side effects. That said, on the question of is minoxidil safe, Rogaine advises users to stop use immediately if they experience chest pain, rapid heartbeat, faintness or dizziness. Stop use if the hands and feet swell, or if sudden and unexplained weight gain occurs. Discontinue use if there is scalp irritation or redness. Avoid contact of minoxidil with the face or other parts of the body to avoid unwanted facial hair growth. Do not use minoxidil if pregnant or breastfeeding. A mild side effect in some people is a noticeable change in hair color or hair texture.

Viviscal hair growth program vs. minoxidil topical solutions

When comparing hair growth supplements such as Viviscal with topical minoxidil for women such as Women’s Rogaine, consider exactly what you’re looking for in a hair loss solution. Hair growth supplements help promote hair growth from within in line with your natural hair growth cycle. In contrast, minoxidil is a topical drug to regrow hair. If you stop Rogaine, your hair loss can return. Whereas, if you stop taking Viviscal, your natural hair growth progress will still continue for a certain amount of time and your hair growth will not immediately reverse when you stop taking supplements. Viviscal hair growth supplements are 100% drug free and backed by 7 clinical trials. Rogaine is backed by 2 clinical trials.

Viviscal Extra Strength Minoxidil for Women
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7 clinical trials 2 clinical trials
Pills taken by mouth Topical foam or liquid (2% or 5% solution)
Results in 3-6 months Results in 3-6 months
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