Non-Prescription Clinically-Proven Hair Regrowth Solution
Easy to use minoxidil 2% is a proven treatment for androgenic alopecia, Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) and other causes of male hair loss and thinning. In one 12-month, double-blind, randomized study, half of male participants who used 2% minoxidil grew hair of “moderate to dense thickness.”1
Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, is FDA-approved to treat male pattern baldness and backed by over 30 years of success stories.
Do All Men Lose Their Hair?
Yes, eventually all men will experience a degree of hair loss. It’s not considered a medical illness, although the majority of men report that baldness causes anxiety and even depression.
The most common type of hair loss is MPB, also referred to as androgenic alopecia because its caused by high concentration of the male hormone (androgen) dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp.
According to the American Hair Loss Association:
- MPB causes 95% of hair loss in men.
- Two-thirds of men begin losing their hair by age 35.
- Up to 85% of men have noticeable baldness by age 50.
What Is DHT?
DHT is a male hormone and byproduct of testosterone. Both men and women have DHT. In men, DHT is responsible for hair growth on the face and genitals, muscle development and deep voice. It’s formed when the 5α-reductase enzyme transforms testosterone into DHT.
DHT blocks the supply of blood and oxygen to hair follicles causing them to shrink and lose their ability to grow quality hair. Aging can do the same.
When used with other medications, minoxidil can also support hair regrowth caused by alopecia areata,2 an autoimmune disorder that affects males and females of all ages. Alopecia areata causes hair loss on the scalp, face and on the body. It is characterized by loss of hair in patches and irregular patterns. The hair follicles remain alive, which is why the condition may respond to treatment.
Cicatricial alopecia, also called scarring alopecia, is usually irreversible, unless caught early.3 Scarring alopecia is characterized by permanently damaged hair follicles that die and are replaced with fibrous tissue within the follicle. Bald spots on the scalp may be shiny and smooth with no presence of hair follicles.3 Scarring alopecia causes include certain illness, autoimmune disorders, or physical trauma to the follicles such as burns from fire or chemicals.
How Does Minoxidil Work?
In cases of MPB and alopecia areata, minoxidil “breathes” life back into aged and shrunken hair follicles by restarting the cycle of hair regrowth. It widens blood vessels and opens potassium channels on the scalp.4 Doing so allows more oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the follicles, enabling them to begin their function of growing hair again. It also lengthens the hair growth cycle (anagen phase) in humans.4
Does Minoxidil Have Side Effects?
A temporary side effect of minoxidil may be initial hair loss (shedding), but that should be temporary.
Common brands names for Minoxidil are Rogaine, Apo-Gain, Keranique and Women’s Rogaine.
1. Savin R. Use of topical minoxidil in the treatment of male pattern baldness. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1987;16(3):696-704. doi:10.1016/s0190-9622(87)70090-5
2. Types of Alopecia Areata-old | National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Naaf.org. https://www.naaf.org/alopecia-areata/types-of-alopecia-areata-old. Published 2020.
3. Filbrandt R, Rufaut N, Jones L, Sinclair R. Primary cicatricial alopecia: diagnosis and treatment. CMAJ. 2013;185(18):1579-1585. doi:10.1503/cmaj.111570
4. Shorter K, Farjo N, Picksley S, Randall1 V. Human hair follicles contain two forms of ATP‐ sensitive potassium channels, only one of which is sensitive to minoxidil. The FASEB Journal. 2008;22(6):1725-1736. doi:10.1096/fj.07-099424
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