Minoxidil / Rogaine



The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases defines topical minoxidil and it’s use as a treatment for alopecia like this:

  • Minoxidil 5%(Rogaine)-Topical minoxidil solution promotes hair growth in several conditions in which the hair follicle is small and not growing to its full potential. Minoxidil is FDA-approved for treating male and female pattern hair loss. It may also be useful in promoting hair growth in alopecia areata. The solution, applied twice daily, has been shown to promote hair growth in both adults and children, and may be used on the scalp, brow, and beard areas. With regular and proper use of the solution, new hair growth appears in about 12 weeks.

The Internet Health Library has this to say:

Topical Minoxidil is mainly used by individuals with androgenetic alopecia however it is also effective on patchy alopecia areata. Unfortunately topical Minoxidil is not normally effective in individuals with 100% scalp loss. Topical Minoxidil acts as a temporary measure in alopecia areata, bridging the gap until hair starts growing again on its own.
There are, of course, differing views on exactly how safe and effective these products are. If you have experience with any of these products, whether positive or negative, please take a moment to share your review with those who are considering purchasing and using them for themselves, or their family member


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