Rogaine Foam and Female Hair Loss

Rogaine was the first FDA approved hair loss treatment ever and to this day it remains to be one of only two FDA approved hair loss products and the only one that is being applied topically and is practically free from serious side effects. Rogaine contains minoxidil as its main active substance, which can be also bought as generic minoxidil at a fraction of the price of genuine Rogaine. Minoxidil can be used to treat hereditary form of hair loss in men and women and alopecia areata as well. The FDA approved concentration for men is 5% versus 2% for women. The studies have shown that the higher the concentration of minoxidil is the higher the hair regrowth benefits are.

There are two major reasons why women are not advised to use 5% minoxidil mixtures. The first reason is one of its side effects, which is a possible facial hair growth. Although the facial hair is temporary and will fall out once the treatment has been discontinued it undoubtedly is annoying if it happens to a woman. The second reason is the fact that 2% minoxidil mixture is usually ethanol-based and therefore it dries fast and leaves no trail in your hair whereas mixtures with 5% of minoxidil (and more) use propylene-glycol or propylene to dissolve minoxidil and are greasy, dry slowly, while leaving the hair difficult to style. In addition, propylene and propylene-glycol can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in many individuals, which leads to over-absorption and results in inducing the side effects such as unwanted facial hair growth.

Rogaine foam, however, seems to address these problems. It is not using any aggressive, greasy solvents so it seldom causes skin irritation and allergic reactions and enables you to style your hair as usual. And since there is no over-absorption there is a lesser risk of negative side effects such as facial hair growth. Therefore, some dermatologists and hair transplant doctors recommend Rogaine foam to their female patients as one of the most effective solutions for female baldness although it has not been approved by the FDA for women.