Rogaine (known as ‘Regaine’ in the UK) has recently launched a new once-a-day foam treatment for female pattern hair loss with 5% minoxidil, in the United States. The new product has been introduced in addition to Rogaine’s existing product for women, which is a twice-per-day solution containing 2% Minoxidil.
Is Minoxidil foam effective for treating hair loss?
According to reports from the manufacturer, clinical data showed that use of the product for 24 weeks results resulted in ‘some’ hair regrowth for 81% of the women who took part in the trial. However, it is not known what level of regrowth was achieved by these users or the stage of their hair loss when they started these trials.
Although the foam format of the product is designed to make it ‘fit into the regular beauty routine’ of the user, the evidence suggests this is probably less effective than a liquid product of the same strength. An ongoing Belgravia survey has discovered that men who have used the 5% liquid Regaine reported better results than those who have used Regaine 5% foam.
The reason for this may be to do with how effectively a foam is able to reach the scalp and soak into the skin. In order for a foam product to work as intended, it needs to be applied directly to the scalp to enable it to penetrate the skin. The directions for the Regaine foam products do instruct the user to massage it into the scalp, but it’s likely the hairloss product would also be absorbed into the hair by applying it in this way, meaning less of the foam gets to the affected areas.
Minoxidil as a hair loss treatment for women
Minoxidil is the only medically-proven treatment for genetic hair loss in women. It is medically licensed by the MHRA in the UK and approved by the equivalent body, the FDA in the USA.
Minoxidil encourages hair growth by reactivating dormant hair follicles. When applied to the scalp and absorbed into the scalp, minoxidil is converted into ‘minoxidil sulphite’, which is thought to activate potassium channels in cells, stimulating growth.
Whilst minoxidil has been seen to successfully reduce hereditary hairloss and boost hair growth for many, the degree of success will depend on the specific individual’s stage of thinning and the duration of their condition before seeking professional assistance. If you are concerned about thinning hair or female pattern hair loss it is best to seek expert advice as soon as possible.
Belgravia’s custom approach
Belgravia’s hair loss experts recommend customised, comprehensive women’s hair loss treatment programmes featuring recommended minoxidil formulations and boosters, based on their diagnosis of your condition. These bespoke treatment plans are designed specifically for each client and our patients – as well as many of their friends and families – are often amazed at the results they experience. You can find out more about the high strength minoxidil products available from Belgravia’s in-clinic pharmacies by calling us on 020 7730 6666.
There are many examples in our photographic Hair Loss Success Stories of clients who have used our treatments to fight female hair loss. These include Diane, pictured here, who said of her treatment, “Very happy and I can see results within the first year“. Click on the photos to view her Success Story in full.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.