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Minoxidil – Everything You Need To Know

Minoxidil StatisticsMinoxidil is one of only two treatments proven to prevent and reverse hair loss and it can be used successfully by both men and women. The other proven treatment is Propecia but it’s only available for men.

Minoxidil is a liquid or cream applied to the scalp once or twice a day and is a vasodilator which means it works by increasing the blood circulation to the areas of application. Although there are many similar medications out there, minoxidil is the only vasodilator that has been found to prevent hair loss and increase hair growth.

Official clinical trials carried out for minoxidil resulted in 65% of men maintaining or increasing their hair count and 2 out of three women regrowing hair.

Minoxidil is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA who are the US medical regulatory body that overlook clinical trials carried out by pharmaceutical companies. So if a product’s approved by them you can be sure that it works and is safe to use.

There are also lots of other hair loss products available that claim to prevent and reverse hair loss but the fact is the only ones that are proven to do so are ones approved by the FDA. If you hear a product claiming to be proven make sure you check for FDA approval, if it isn’t approved, it’s unproven and there’s therefore no firm evidence to state it will actually help prevent thinning hair.

The Belgravia Centre has in-clinic pharmacies which offer a range of minoxidil solutions including high strength minoxidil and these treatments are suitable for both men and women.

Minoxidil DropperSide Effects

When a clinical study is carried out, any side effects must be recorded. Side effects from Minoxidil ranged from mild facial hair growth, headaches, rashes and palpitations. All were mild and needed no medical treatment and either diminished in a short time during use, or shortly after stopping Minoxidil.

Getting the best out of Minoxidil

Although minoxidil can be an effective treatment if used alone, there are ways of vastly improving its effects. Added ingredients can be combined with minoxidil  which helps to make sure the extra blood being delivered to the follicles is hair friendly blood.

Men can combine minoxidil with Propecia. This combination forms the most effective treatment basis for hair loss available.

Then there’s the HairMax LaserComb. The LaserComb is also acknowledged by the FDA – it’s the only device to have been FDA cleared for hair loss prevention.

And although there is no firm evidence to indicate that a hair loss supplement can individually aid in the prevention of hair loss, it’s useful to use one alongside the proven treatments in order to maximise results. Hair Vitalics is an example of a hair supplement that contains numerous ingredients that will help to maintain and improve the condition of the hair and help give hair growth that extra push.

Where’s the Evidence?

On Belgraviacentre.com you will find the world’s largest collection of before/after photos of hair loss treatment users which will give you an idea of the results that are so frequently achieved. Searching our blog using the search box to the right, or searching our hair loss website will also provide you with a wealth of useful information regarding most of the available hair loss products and how best to clear up your hair loss.


19th August, 2016 at 6:06 pm


what will happen to hairs when use of minoxidil stopped suddenly. so much so the side effects which occurs in its long term use?

22nd August, 2016 at 10:13 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Ajay, this information - which applies to all patterns of male hair loss - should help to answer your question. You can find out about possible side effects of using minoxidil here, too.

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