When it comes to curing hair loss, Rogaine is one of the first brands that come to mind. Still, it is not a DHT blocker and shouldn’t be considered as one. Rogaine is based on a chemical known as Minoxidil and works as a vasodilator to enlarge blood vessels. Originally it was marketed as a remedy for those with high blood pressure, but soon was found to enhance the growth of body hair. Because of this discovery, the Upjohn Corporation created this alternative to DHT blockers as a hair-loss remedy, selling it under the name of Rogaine. Rather than ingested, it is applied directly to the top of the head.
Does Rogaine really work?
Although it’s been successful for some, it hasn’t helped to regrow hair for all. Rogaine doesn’t always work since it fails to fight off the main cause of hair loss: dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Rather than working as a DHT blocker, Rogaine has only been found to accelerate hair loss in the first few weeks of use, only producing “peach fuzz” if even that.
Manufacturers of Minoxidil-based products make no guarantee whatsoever that this product will make hair grow. Instead of blocking DHT, Rogaine dilates the blood vessels leading to the follicles, supplying more blood and DHT to their roots. With the increased level of DHT, androgen receptors in the follicles have become bound causing hair loss and miniaturization, the shrinking in the size of the hairs.
Men who have achieved positive results from this non-DHT blocker have noticed the growth of non-vellus or “peach fuzz” hair. Based on a study conducted where some men received placebo treatments while others used the Minoxidil, less hairs were reproduced with placebos. The results were measured on a baseline of 103 to 106 hairs/cm2 hairs. Those who used a 5% Minoxidil treatment continuously for 32 weeks attained a hair growth of 39 hairs/cm2 where placebo users grew back 5 hairs/cm2.
Is Rogaine safe?
Minoxidil has been found to have several unpleasant side effects. When applying this chemical topically, it is best to avoid getting it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or any other sensitive areas. If Minoxidil is spilled in these areas, it is best to flush them clean with lots of cool water immediately. Many have found Minoxidil to cause side effects as:
- Chest pain or heart palpitations
- Dizziness or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Skin rash, blisters, or itching
- Swelling of the hands or feet
- Unexplained gain in weight
If you decide to try Rogaine, it is important that you use it daily for two to four months. After four months, if there are no results, it is best to report this to your health care provider. Also, notify your doctor if you experience:
- Unusual headaches
- Redness, irritation, or itching where the application was applied
- An abnormal amount of hair growth on the arms, face, or back.
Before taking any hair loss product it is best to consult with your doctor first (or do yourself a big favor and stay away from this drug as well).
In the next post I’m going to reveal how I have managed to keep my hair without all these chemicals, dht blockers and all the other harmful products out there.
The post I’m about to share with you, was very emotional for me to write, this is one of the reasons why it took me so long to make it. But that’s it. My success story is going to be revealed for the public within a few days! I’m sure this is going to help you a lot. Stay tuned!