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Benefits of Minoxidil

Introduction

Minoxidil is commonly known by the brand name Rogaine.  It is a topical application that facilitates hair growth, helps treat blood pressure, and employ male pattern hair loss.  It is an antihypertensive vasodilator that is available as a generic medication via prescription in the form as an over-the-counter topical liquid.

Minoxidil is the only FDA approved drug for treating female pattern baldness. Scientific studies have reported that Minoxidil is greatly beneficial in preventing hair fall. It increases the hair thickness and density resulting in fuller and stronger hair.

This medication is often used to stimulate hair growth and to reduce balding. It is quite effective for individuals under 40 years of age, with recent hair loss problems.  Minoxidil has no possible side effects on the receding hairline or your overall health.

Benefits of Minoxidil

Following are some of the essential benefits of using Minoxidil:

  • Minoxidil is a food and drug department-approved components. It helps facilitate oxygen as well as blood flow to your hair follicles. This ingredient can directly deliver the desired nutrients to your hair follicles.
  • Minoxidil has proven to slow down the rate of hair loss
  • This medication can promote hair follicles, which in turn produce hair again
  • It is clinically proven to give results in about 4 to 5 months for women and 2 to 4 months for men
  • Minoxidil also lengthens the anagen phase of your hair growth cycle
  • Moreover, it revitalizes and improves blood circulation in small blood vessels in your scalp
  • It helps produce thicker, stronger, and shinier hair

How Does Minoxidil Work

This medication mostly works through extending the anagen phase of hair follicles. Doing so promotes hair growth. Your hair cells well through three growth phases, i.e., Anagen, Catagen (regression), and Telogen (rest), after which new follicles replace the older ones.  a decline in the anagen phase can lead to hair loss disorder such as male pattern baldness called androgenic alopecia. Another effect of minoxidil is blood flow enhancement that promotes hair growth.

Many research studies support the benefits of Minoxidil for hair loss. According to research published in the journal of drug design, development and therapy revealed that Minoxidil effectively treats androgenetic alopecia.

How to Use Minoxidil

Before using the medication, make sure you read and follow all the directions on the package.  Always clean and dry your scalp area before applying the solution.  You can also apply this medication to damp scalp. Apply the solution evenly and gently rub it in. 

Special Precautions to Consider

Before using minoxidil, make sure you:

  • Contact your GP if you are allergic to minoxidil or other related drugs
  • Let your doctor know if you are taking any prescription or non-prescription medicine
  • Avoid prolonged or unnecessary exposure to sun rays by wearing protective equipment
  • Tell your doctor if you are a pregnant or lactating woman