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Regaine Foam – How Effective is Regaine Foam for Hair Loss?

Regaine Foam

The active ingredient found in Regaine foam (known in the US as ‘Rogaine’) is minoxidil (5%), which is the same active ingredient and dose, as Regaine’s classic Regaine 5% minoxidil liquid. The only difference between the two, which is also the selling point, is that the form of the new product is a foam or ‘mousse’ as opposed to a liquid. The TV advert features a man spraying some foam on his hand and applying it to an area of thin hair on his crown.

Our initial thoughts about the product are that it won’t in fact be as effective as a liquid minoxidil formulation. If applied correctly, a liquid can be placed directly on the scalp and optimally absorbed. Even if some of the liquid lands on the hair, the laws of gravity will ensure most will drip onto the scalp as required.

With a foam, however, it will be very difficult (almost impossible, in fact) for all of the product to be applied to the scalp and we would imagine the majority would be absorbed by the hair, depending of course on the thickness of the user’s hair. If you observe the TV advert for Regaine Foam, you will notice that when the user applies the foam, none actually seems to reach his scalp, but instead gets absorbed by his hair. Absorption into the hair would be of no use to somebody wishing to prevent thinning hair, as it is required that the product penetrates the scalp in order to reach hair follicles.

An ongoing survey carried out by The Belgravia Centre has found that people who have used Regaine 5% liquid have in fact reported better results than those who have used Regaine 5% Foam. This is likely because of the texture and method of application, as mentioned above.

There are a number of high strength minoxidil formulations available from The Belgravia Centre. To find out more, please contact the clinic.


30th August, 2011 at 5:12 pm


Where can i buy your cream please and how much is it? Thanks Andy

24th October, 2011 at 12:36 pm


Hi Andy. If possible, it is always advisable you visit for a free consultation so that we can recommend the very best course of action for your hair loss condition and pattern of thinning. If you can get to our London centre, then you can contact us to arrange a consultation, but if not please complete our online diagnostic form (by clicking the 'home use service' link in the menu bar across the top). This will provide us with all the information we need and somebody will be in contact to discuss recommended medications and costs.

4th January, 2016 at 10:20 pm

Rob Sebeston

Hi . I've done a lot of research and my main concern regarding minolxidil is I've heard when you stop using it the hair starts to fall out . I've heard this regarding regain foam and therefore you are committed to an expensive routine for life . Can you comment please ? Thank you

5th January, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rob, The information in this post - whilst specifically relating to a receding hairline in this instance - is applicable to all patterns of male hair loss, so we hope you find this useful.

5th April, 2016 at 7:49 am


Hi, does propecia work on the front hair line which is thinning?

5th April, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jay, Propecia - or finasteride 1mg which is the drug's actual name, Propecia is the brand name - is not proven to work on the hairline. The patient information leaflet actually states that whether it works on the hairline area is 'unknown'. In our opinion, the most effective treatment for a receding hairline is topical applications of high strength minoxidil which is what Belgravia clients use, generally in combination with finasteride 1mg to help inhibit the formation of the DHT which causes male hair loss in the first place, although some clients also use it with hair growth boosters instead. You can see the results of this type of approach in our Receding Hairline Treatment Success Stories.

1st June, 2016 at 11:35 pm


Hi if I start to take the foam product. Is there a cut off time, when to stop taking it?

6th June, 2016 at 10:47 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Uly, the cut off age limit should be state on the packaging. Regaine foam can usually be used by men aged 18 to 49 and by women aged 18 to 65. However, we highly recommend you read the information which comes with this product thoroughly before using it.

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