Is Rogaine a Viable Treatment for Male Hair Loss?

There are many male hair loss treatment options out there that a man suffering from hair loss might consider. Some of the options when it comes to male hair loss treatment are more viable than others, and there are very few that have actually been clinically proven to have any effect on the re-growth of hair. When it comes to successfully treating male hair loss there are two viable options to consider: Propecia (Finasteride) and Rogaine (Minoxidil).

Minoxidil and Finasteride are very different from one another. Minoxidil, commercially referred to as Rogaine, has been used as a treatment for male hair loss for some time now but it was originally developed for another issue—high blood pressure. During the clinical trials associated with the use of Minoxidil for the treatment of high blood pressure, it was noticed that there were some other, less expected, side effects occurring: hair was growing in the strangest of places.

Those who participated in Minoxidil research were experiencing hair growth in all types of places, from the backs of their hands, backs, cheeks and foreheads—places where hair may or may not grow naturally. Researchers thought that they might be on to something, but had to figure out a way to get the growth of the hair under control; after all, nobody ever wants to have to focus on eliminating hair from other areas as a way to possibly treat male pattern baldness.

After a while, it was decided that male hair loss could be treated by using Minoxidil as a topical solution. There are two forms of this topical solution; it can be utilized in spray form or in cream form and when applied to areas that are experiencing a thinning of hair it can slow the loss of hair and encourage new growth.

How Well Does Rogaine Work?

Minoxidil was then marketed as Rogaine, and used to treat inherited hair loss—called androgenetic alopecia. It is used to treat other forms of hair loss in men and women, as well.

Unlike Propecia, Rogaine does not have an extremely high success rate with older men. It works best with male hair loss sufferers who are under the age of 30 years old. In cases where Rogaine was used as hair loss treatment for men who were older, the most common result was slight—thin, weak, wispy hairs that barely covered the scalp. The 2 percent solution of Minoxidil is the most common, and that is what normally reveals these results. The 5 percent solution is substantially more expensive and often reveals better results.

Rogaine does have some side effects, and they are essential to consider. An itchy scalp, slight dandruff, and irritation are the most common. It helps some people better than others, but most forms of hair loss treatment for men vary from case to case and it is important to try them all. Many men utilize both forms of treatment for hair loss in men, both Propecia and Rogaine, and experience substantial results that way.

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