Now that hair loss has become a more and more common problem to both men and women, different types of products that claim they can treat and prevent it are all over the market. As a consumer, you need to be able to identify which one works best for your needs now that there are countless treatments to choose from. That is why we have tried to compare and contrast two of the most popular hair loss medications: Minoxidil and Aminexil.
What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is also known for its brand name Rogaine. It is used as a treatment for pattern baldness both for men and women. Minoxidil is a topical medication applied on the scalp. It is said to improve the dilation of blood vessels and increase blood flow. This increases the rate of hair growth on your scalp.
Minoxidil comes in various solutions based on the strength of the medication. You can purchase a 2% and 5% solution of minoxidil. There is also a 10% variant, however, it is not approved yet by the FDA unlike the first two. The one that you’ll be buying depends on your situation. If you are experiencing severe hair loss, you may need to try high strength minoxidil. Remember, the higher the percentage, the stronger the chemicals. Although the 5% solution can be more effective, it also poses you more to possibilities of side effects.
Speaking of side effects, there are no official cases that minoxidil has causes some of them. However, there are a few reported incidents that users have experienced minimal to serious complications. These side effects vary from headaches, dizziness, rashes, nausea. Breathing difficulties, etc. To avoid these complications altogether, it is advisable to consult your medical provider first before purchasing and buying minoxidil. They’ll be able to tell you if you’re allergic to it or it may cause interactions with the medications that you’re already taking. Remember to follow what is prescribed and avoid having minoxidil in contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. Usually, it takes two to four months of continuous use before you’ll be able to see the effect of the treatment.
What is Aminexil?
Aminexil, on the other hand, is just a recent discovery. Just like minoxidil, it targets blood circulation to promote better hair growth and is directly applied on the scalp as well. Not only does it improve the rate of regrowth, but it also helps in maintaining the healthiness of the hair that is regrowing. To see its effects, the medication must be used 6 weeks straight and must be maintained right after.
There are also minimal side effects that have been reported with the use of aminexil. This includes chest pain, allergies, dermatitis, etc. There are also other products that you are not allowed to use if you're still applying aminexil on your scalp. As always, consult a medical provider that can properly advise you whether or not you are safe to use this treatment.
Now, which one should I buy?
Minoxidil and aminexil are both proven safe and effective, so other of the two can treat hair loss. Good news is they are usually used together. However, if you need to choose between the two, it all boils down on which one suits you better. Some may experience allergic reactions with minoxidil while some do not - same with aminexil. For a safer choice, it is best to ask your physician or dermatologist on what you should purchase.