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Minoxidil: Everything you need to know

With our expert's guide, you can learn all about minoxidil- How it works, the benefits, How to use minoxidil, and the side effects of minoxidil.

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Minoxidil: Everything you need to know

With our expert's guide, you can learn all about minoxidil- How it works, the benefits, How to use minoxidil, and the side effects of minoxidil.

What’s all of this buzz around Minoxidil and hair loss?

Are you noticing an empty crown on your head? Or holes in your beard? Aren’t you wondering how to fix this hair loss? Hair loss has proven to reduce self esteem and impact us psychologically and can reduce self esteem especially when you’ve tried every single cure or home remedy to prevent hair loss.

Minoxidil is the solution! Men across the globe have been using minoxidil to fix their hair fall issues and you need to give it a try! If you apply minoxidil to your scalp and incorporate it in your hair routine, you are sure to have achieved Hair Loss 101 despite all the odds.

Breaking down minoxidil: What is minoxidil?

Minoxidil is like working out or going to the gym. It requires that little effort to get out of bed and get going, but you’re sure to feel great after your daily routine. Like the right workout routine, with minoxidil too, proper application and expert advice will yield worthwhile results over time.  Like you hit the  gym regularly, you need to use minoxidil consistently to see results.

As a vasodilator, minoxidil increases blood circulation wherever applied. It opens up blood vessels and ensures that the hair follicles get richer nutrition and increased oxygen. This stimulates hair growth. To put it simply, minoxidil is able to awaken dormant hair follicles and stimulate them to regrow hair.

Minoxidil does not affect hormones. In fact, it increases the size of hair follicles that have reduced and shrunk over time due to hormonal changes. This is why minoxidil is used for hair growth and thickness.

A Guide to Clinical Management suggests that the topical minoxidil, minoxidil applied to the scalp or the skin, absorbs 0.3- 4.5% of the drug which is then widely spread through the body’s tissues.

Does Minoxidil actually work?

In a study,  11,000 people used the topical minoxidil application for at least 1 year.  92% claimed fair to excellent results for slowing or stopping hair loss. Minoxidil works best for men under the age of 40. Once hair loss spreads over a large area, minoxidil is less likely to produce benefits. The younger you are, and the sooner you start minoxidil, the better the results tend to be.

A research conducted compares growth rate of hair for men who have male androgenic alopecia. Men who were prescribed 5% minoxidil topical solution had an increased hair growth spurt than men who used a 2% minoxidil topical solution. The study also revealed that a consistent use of minoxidil over a five year period five-year had a sustained effect with long term use.

For this entire process to smoothen out and for the minoxidil to start working, it is essential that 2-3 months is required. While using minoxidil it is important to remember that the progress of this product is case by case. For some people it is quick and it works wonders, for others, it may not be as great and smooth a process.

Minoxidil is more effective and actually works when used with a derma roller. A derma roller serves as an activator and stimulates blood flow and collagen production to the scalp. This ensures that your new hair growth is thick and strong.

A clean and sterilized derma roller is a must when clubbed with minoxidil. This is great for your hair because a derma roller increases the absorption of  topical solutions like minoxidil and makes it a more effective hair treatment.

Research shows

New approaches to combat hair loss in men and women is a study that examined how to reawaken dormant hair follicles and ways to create new hair follicles. In examining how to awaken dormant hair follicles, minoxidil and finasteride were examined.

Though the best treatment for hair loss depends on various factors like personal needs and skin, the application of the drug plays a huge role. Finasteride is a pill, which is taken orally once a day while minoxidil is applied directly to the scalp in the form of solution, gel, or foam.

In a topical application, one wherein minoxidil is applied directly to the affected area, the skin only absorbs an average of 2% of the content. This means that with a lower quantity of the drug, minoxidil is able to improve hair regrowth rate and hair thickness. Thus, with minoxidil, a lesser amount of the content is absorbed into the body.

How to use Minoxidil?

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Depending on which Minoxidil you buy, it can vary. This is how you would use Man Matter’s Minoxidil:

  • Make sure your hair and scalp is dry.
  • If you are using a dropper-
    Fill the dropper to the 1ML mark and then apply the dose to the crown (a.k.a. the vertex) of your scalp.Once you have applied it,  you can rub it in.
  • If you are using a spray-
    Part your hair to reveal the affected area of your scalp. Hold the spray at a distance of  1-2mm from the scalp and  spray 1ml of the solution twice.
  • Avoid getting your hair wet for at least four hours after applying.
  • A 2002 study reveals that minoxidil needs to be used twice a day, and that 5% minoxidil works more quickly than 2% minoxidil. Again this depends from person to person. Minoxidil usually takes 2-3 months to show results.

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Did you know: Minoxidil helps with beard growth too?

It’s all over the internet! Online communities like this one Minox beard spot have put together techniques, tips, progress, and much more about how to grow facial hair. It’s a global movement wherein ‘beardless’’ men are known to be applying minoxidil to different bits of their face so that they can grow out their beards.

Side effects of minoxidil

The side effects of minoxidil are dependent on the skin type of men, the dosage, and their skin’s reaction to the minoxidil absorption. Keeping this in mind, some of the rare effects that are faced are as follows:

  • Itching or skin irritation
  • Acne at the site of application
  • Burning of scalp
  • Increased hair loss – called the minoxidil shed
  • Inflammation or soreness at the root of the hair
  • Swelling of face

While these signs depend from person to person, it is best to keep in mind that it is best to consult a doctor. Depending on the symptoms and your skin, the dose can be reduced or caution can be taken to ensure that minoxidil can be made safe and sustainable for you to use in the long term.

Minoxidil in a nutshell

Why does it require a doctor’s prescription to buy Minoxidil?

In India, minoxidil isn’t an over the counter drug. It can only be obtained upon getting a doctor’s prescription stating that you need the drug and which formula of minoxidil you need – 2%, 5% or 10%.

Getting a doctor’s opinion before using minoxidil is key. The doctor will be able to evaluate your existing health conditions, your minoxidil requirement and assess which formula is best for you. It is important to remember that minoxidil works differently for different people and this is why a doctor’s consultation is imperative to increase the efficacy of minoxidil.

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So, for instance, if your hair loss condition is more serious like androgenic alopecia, it may require a 5% minoxidil solution. The chances of you being able to assess this for yourself without an expert opinion without minoxidil really won’t work. It will become ineffective for its primary purpose of hair regrowth. If you take too much minoxidil, its side effects will play up.

Is the Minoxidil Solution the root to your confusion?

Minoxidil comes in in different concentrations – 2%, 5% and 10%. Minoxidil and its use in hair disorders: a review studies the biological effects of minoxidil and concluded that when used, it showed a remarkable increase in hair growth and decrease in hair loss. Superior results were evident with the 5% formulation than 2% minoxidil formulation. It maintained the existing hair and regrow lost hair.

How is minoxidil sold?

Minoxidil is available in three forms – lotion, gel and foam. The minoxidil lotion usually comes with a sprayer and dropper. This is generally used to target specific patches where hair regrowth is required. The gel form of minoxidil can be used for beard growth while foam can be used by patients who face issues of itching and irritation from the lotion or gel form

Making the purchase decision

Depending on the amount of minoxidil put in the products and its use, product prices of minoxidil vary. Minoxidil products meant for facial hair start from ₹400 and those meant for hair regrowth on the scalp go onto ₹1000. The best way to make a decision on which minoxidil topical solution to purchase would be to look at its growth efficacy and its key ingredients.

Be sure to check out the alcohol content in the minoxidil formula. The lower the alcohol content, the fewer the side effects of a dry and flaky scalp. Another pro tip while purchasing minoxidil is to check out whether the product is tested and medically proven to work.

Man Matters’ Minoxidil Topical solution falls within this price range. Its alcohol free formula and its expert solutions that are designed with doctors and backed by science makes it extremely safe. Man Matters’ minoxidil solution makes wellness easy to understand and accessible with the groundbreaking ingredient of procapil. Procapil strengthens hair and prevents hair loss naturally. Procapil increases the efficacy of the minoxidil and the best part is that it has no side effects.

Final Takeaway: Once you start, don’t stop because all the progress will be lost

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Minoxidil improves blood flow to the scalp and that’s why hair grows back. When you stop using it, your blood flow reduces and nutrition absorbed also reduces and that’s why hair will be lost.

A habit to incorporate is discipline, discipline, and discipline! We cannot emphasize this enough that for minoxidil to work, you need to be using it daily for at least 3 months for the lost hair to regrow.

You can do so by making Minoxidil a part of your daily routine. Just like you will lose muscle if you stop hitting the gym, you’ll lose all hair growth progress if you stop using minoxidil.

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