4 Myths About Topical Minoxidil

Minoxidil, or Rogaine, is one of the most accessible treatments on the over-the-counter market. Despite its accessibility, many misconceptions exist regarding the product and its use. Below are a few clarifications regarding one of our favorite hair care tools at Tareen Dermatology.  

1. Myth: 5% minoxidil is only for men. 

Oftentimes, 5% minoxidil is marketed toward men, but it is safe and FDA-approved for women. Studies show that 5% minoxidil is more effective than 2%, although it is possible with the higher strength that individuals may have increased hair growth in areas other than the scalp.

2. Myth: Minoxidil is only for the scalp. 

Minoxidil is safe to use for other parts of the body, such as the beard or eyebrows. Minoxidil is not safe for use on eyelashes.

3. Myth: Minoxidil doesn’t actually work.

Minoxidil Is one of the most effective, safest, and accessible hair loss medications on the market, although consistency and time are extremely important to outcomes while using this topical medication.  

4. Myth: My scalp is too sensitive for minoxidil. 

Some patients may not tolerate the solution variant of minoxidil due to an ingredient called propylene glycol. I often recommend my more sensitive skin patients try the foam version due to the absence of propylene glycol in this formulation.