A very common question among men of all ages and women is does Rogaine really work. For men and women alike losing your hair or going bald can be a troubling circumstance. Nobody wants to see their head full of hair suddenly start to thin out. Cosmetically speaking it can be very emotionally devastating as your hair slowly falls out. Consequently people have for hundreds of years have searched for a cure for baldness and general hair loss. So far in the United States there are only two FDA approved treatments for hair loss Rogaine and Propecia. As a side note minoxidil is Rogaine in generic form. So after considerable research I decided to try Rogaine before anything else.In the future I might incorporate Propecia and a laser comb.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Minoxidil Rogaine Shedding Phase

Like I said in my last post the side effect of itchiness from the Rogaine has deftly gotten better thanks to using Nizoral 2%. However now I’m starting to experience what they call the shedding phase. For the most part from all the recent research I’ve done it is basically a sign that the minoxidil/Rogaine is in fact working or starting to work. In a nutshell the basic idea is the Rogaine is pushing out the old hair and new and thicker hair is supposed to replace that eventually.

And if all goes well not only is the hair thicker but the Rogaine will also cause brand-new hair growth in areas that you don’t have hair anymore. So in combination with the shedding phase and the new hair growth in theory the balding process is reversed. Like I mentioned before I will be very happy if it just holds my hair loss or slows it down to a very slow pace. Now I feel that way because I still have a lot of hair on my head as opposed to someone who is watching over every strand possible. I’m trying to prevent myself from reaching that stage as much as I can until father time truly takes over.

So in conclusion the shedding phase is completely normal and for most people should last 2 to 3 weeks but it can last a little longer. During this time you will lose hair at times what will appear to be an exaggerated rate. However you shouldn’t worry too much, all the hair that is lost should come back stronger and thicker than before. Remember the shedding phase should only last for couple weeks if it last much longer I would recommend speaking to a dermatologist or your general practitioner about it. They would be in a much better position to offer advice about your continued usage of minoxidil/Rogaine.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NIZORAL 2 Percent Update

So it’s been a couple weeks now since my last update and I had promised an update on my NIZORAL 2 % experience. Like I said before since I have been using Rogaine 5% it has caused me a few side effects such as acne and some mild itchiness across my scalp. The acne would come and go however the itchiness seemed to always be present. Because of the side effects I did my research and decided to try and incorporate Nizoral 2% into my regimen.

To make a long story short the Nizoral 2% has really helped my condition a great deal. The acne problem that I was having in particular in the back of my head slowly started to fade and deftly have decreased in frequency. I still get them but just not as much and they don’t seem to be his full blown as they were before which will often be very painful. I believe his help with my acne due to its anti-DHT effect upon my scalp.

In terms of my itchiness thankfully is deftly has helped as well. Beforehand I would feel itchy throughout the day to various degrees of itchiness. Quite often the itchiness would be very annoying however since I been using the Nizoral the itchiness has deftly come under control thankfully. I still have itchiness however it’s much milder and controllable these days. It doesn’t bother me is much as it did before hopefully will get better down the road with continued usage of the shampoo.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NIZORAL ketoconazole 2 Percent Shampoo

I believe in the post before this one I stated I was having the minoxidil side effect of increased acne. Well the acne hasn’t got any worse however I still get them. Funny enough I seem to get more acne towards the backside of my head for some reason and at times it can be quite painful. It’s the type of acne that swells up and hangs around for a while. Unfortunately now in combination with the acne my entire scalp is becoming very itchy. It started with occasional itching so I didn’t really pay too much attention to it.

However now it’s much more noticeable and bothersome. I constantly feel some itchiness throughout the day and it gets very annoying at times. At this point I’m not sure if the itchiness has something to do with the acne or is a completely separate issue. After some further research on Rogaine side effects it turns out I am not alone, many people in fact either get acne breakouts or various degrees of itchiness on the head. In terms of treatments there is various do-it-yourself type of treatment advice you can find online.

One treatment which seems to be helping the majority people and seems to have a side benefit of increased hair growth as well is usage of NIZORAL 2% / ketoconazole 2% shampoo. In simple terms the shampoo is supposed to help because it is a topical antifungal agent/ DHT Blocker. In some studies NIZORAL grew about as much hair as minoxidil 2% on its own. In the United States it’s very hard to find NIZORAL; a lot of people tend to buy it from overseas. I am deftly going to give it a try; I am going to try to procure NIZORAL 2% from an online source or even eBay. From what I’ve heard some people were able to buy it directly from eBay from an overseas seller. I will for sure give an update once I’ve used it for little while.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Side Effect Of Rogaine Acne Breakouts

I have been using the Rogaine with the dropper for little while now and I really find it convenient to use as compared to the spray applicator. Like I said before I find it more efficient, less wasteful and easier to apply around my scalp. Besides the best way to apply minoxidil people are always worried about any Rogaine side effects. I have read a lot about the side effects and to be honest it did not worry me too much, quite frankly was worried more about stopping my hair loss than any of the side effects happening to me.

However some time has passed now and I believe I am beginning to suffer from one the most prominent side effects that people can have from using minoxidil every day. Unfortunately for me I have very sensitive skin throughout my face and I assume throughout my scalp as well. For example even just shaving generally causes me a problem every so often because I have such sensitive skin and I break out in ingrown hairs and razor burn if I’m not extremely careful when shaving. I have to be very careful when shaving and I also had to use cortisone cream in order to help prevent any breakouts or rashes.

So after using Rogaine for some time I started noticing some odd pimples spread across my scalp where I normally wouldn’t get any type of acne before. Not a lot but a few spread around my scalp where I use the minoxidil. I really don’t know if my pores are getting clogged up by the minoxidil and this is why getting acne or is it some type of rash or direct reaction to the minoxidil itself. Thankfully they are not painful at all but more of an annoyance than anything else at this point. So in a nutshell it seems like my first side effect of Rogaine is acne breakouts.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Rogaine Dropper or Spray

Another question I had and many people have as well besides “Rogaine once or twice a day” is should I use the dropper or spray. It is now been a few weeks of daily usage and I now have my personal favorite which I will share with you now. I initially started with the spray simply because my bottle of Rogaine was given to me with a spray attachment already on it. In the beginning I thought the spray was quite efficient and would be very easy to use however it soon became very apparent that a lot of the Rogaine was sprayed onto my hair and not directly into my scalp.

In case you didn’t know minoxidil has to penetrate the scalp in order to work, it does not work if applied to the hair itself. In other words it must touch your head and not your hair. If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of hair on your head like me then using the spray can make things much more complicated and inefficient. So after while trying the Rogaine spray attachment I switch over to the dropper and I couldn’t be any happier. The Rogaine dropper makes things so much easier and as efficient as possible. After some research on the Internet and on YouTube I found my current routine of applying minoxidil every day now. In short is very simple and direct, first give a good shaking to the bottle of Rogaine.

Next draw one mL of Rogaine or whatever dosage you use into the dropper. Now all you have to do is simply squeeze a few drops all around your head with the minoxidil directly to the scalp bypassing any hair you might have. At this point many people seem to like to rub in the minoxidil with their fingers or simply leave it alone and let it dry on its own. Personally I like to comb through it with a bristle brush in order to help the minoxidil spread out across my scalp and that’s it. My best advice to you at this point is to simply experiment and stick with a routine which best fits your needs.

Friday, January 2, 2015

How Does Rogaine Make Your Hair Feel

I don’t know what has better absorption rates Rogaine liquid or the foam. However I do know one thing, at least for me Rogaine liquid really sucks if you like to stylize your hair. Like I mentioned in the previous post I am not a morning person and I have to wake up much earlier than I normally would these days in order to have enough time for the Rogaine liquid to dry up. Liquid minoxidil feels really greasy right out of the bottle; I would really suggest trying not getting any minoxidil on your fingers or hand if at all possible. There are a couple reasons why you want to limit your exposure to the minoxidil other than your scalp.

You do not want to potentially expose any skin on your face or fingers to minoxidil because there is the potential of unwanted hair growth. It is possible to grow or accelerate hair growth on any spot exposed to minoxidil liquid or foam on the body. Besides spending so much time trying not to spill any minoxidil on the sides of my head or on myself, it also makes styling your hair pretty cumbersome as well. You going to have to spend time learning how to apply the medication in the correct amount, you do not want to over saturate your hair and scalp.

Over saturating your scalp with minoxidil will cause difficulty in combing your hair and lead to unwanted side effects down the road. Rogaine needs to be used carefully in order to help prevent any side effects from occurring. Unfortunately even after applying Rogaine in the correct amounts my hair is left with a sticky sometimes stiff residue like feel to it. Anyhow overall it’s not too bad and if it actually help’s to regrow any of my lost hair or even prevent new hair loss it would be well worth it in the end. The bottom line is minoxidil will make grooming yourself take longer keep this in mind before trying it for the very first time, especially before getting ready for work. I still have a lot of hair so I’m able to style my hair different ways, however if you have minimal hair or use a simple hairstyle then grooming time shouldn’t be too much of a problem for you.