As an over the counter medication, Rogaine dilates blood vessels, which can stimulate the scalp to improve and restart the hair growth. Minoxidil belongs to a class of drugs known as vasodilators. Treatments usually include a 5% concentration solution that is designed for men and a 2% concentration solution for women.
Rogaine is the number one dermatologist-recommended brand for hair regrowth and is the first topical brand of hair regrowth treatment to be approved by the FDA.
- If treated early, Rogaine will deter the progression of pattern baldness.
- Rogaine promotes hair growth at the vertex of the scalp.
- Rogaine is easily accessible and can be bought over-the-counter.
- An ongoing prescription for Rogaine is affordable for most.
- Rogaine is non-surgical.
- Rogaine is ineffective on areas of complete baldness
- Rogaine does not restore hair growth along the hairline
- Rogaine cannot be used on women, especially pregnant women
- Rogaine is not a permanent solution to baldness and must be used indefinitely to be effective
- As with all drugs Rogaine yields certain possible side effects, such as: acne of the scalp, irritation, burning, blurred vision, decreased blood pressure, light headedness and headaches.
Aside from relatively non-invasive topical treatments like Rogaine, a more aggressive option to stop androgenetic hair loss is the prescription medication finasteride, more commonly known as Propecia.
Finasteride belongs to a group of medications known as 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors. It is used to treat male pattern baldness by preventing the enzyme 5 alpha-reductase from converting testosterone to its active form in the body (dihydrotestosterone or DHT).
DHT plays a major role in inherited male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia), and by preventing its production finasteride can stimulate hair growth in many men with mild-to-moderate inherited male pattern baldness.
The medication usually starts to work within 3 months of beginning treatment. The effectiveness of the medication varies – for most men, it prevents further hair loss and promotes some growth of new hair. In general, however, it will not be possible to grow back all the hair that has been lost. The new hair will stay for only one year after the medication has been stopped.
- Substantial time needed to see stabilization/regrowth results ie 6-9 months plus.
- Expensive if you buy brand name Propecia in US, average $65.00 US a month.
- Reduction in libido in a several physician estimated 30% of users
- Reported erectile dysfunction.
- Reported body fat accumulation –makes sense given its effects on estrogen.
- Depression-due to its documented damaging effects on the neurosteroid, Pregnenolone.
- Reduced Cognitive Function- due to same effects on Pregnenolone.
- Significantly less effective in those over 26 years old, according to 1 study.
- Considered by some Physicians to be too dangerous to prescribe.
It’s a lot easier to just use any random shampoo in the shower, but if you want to give your hair a little more staying power chance, why not use ketoconazole shampoo instead.
Ketoconazole is probably the single most effective active ingredient on the market for seborrheic dermatitis sufferers.
True, it doesn’t work for everyone. No active ingredient does. But if someone is newly diagnosed with seb derm, there’s a reason so many doctors and dermatologists to a 2% ketoconazole shampoo. It’s one of, if not the, the most effective active ingredients out there.