Minoxidil: after how long do you get the first results?

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The Minoxidil is one of the most popular products in the fight against hair loss and one of the first solutions that people look to when they begin to realize that they have baldness problems.

People often ask us how much time is needed to see the first effects of using Minoxidil.

In this article we will try to answer this question and understand what is possible to do to regrow hair faster and improve its caliber.

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil is a topical treatment for hair regrowth that since June 2018 can be sold without a prescription both in its industrial and galenic formulation.

It was used several years ago in oral form as a treatment for hypertension (high blood pressure).

Minoxidil worked by dilating blood vessels throughout the body and thereby reducing blood pressure.

People taking Minoxidil to treat hypertension were the first to notice a curious side effect of the treatment, namely hair regrowth or at least hair thickening.

For many people this side effect was very interesting and this prompted the scholars of the time to look for a more direct form of dilating the blood vessels of the hair follicles alone. In this way, even people without hypertension problems could benefit from the positive effects on hair regrowth without suffering annoying side effects due to systemic dilation of the blood vessels.

After how long do you see the first positive effects of Minoxidil?

Most people begin to see the first results after 3-6 months of consistent use of Minoxidil.

Some may think that’s a long time, and users often have doubts about whether Minoxidil produces positive effects during the first few months of use.

In reality Minoxidil works for the entire period that you use it but the results are not visible immediately because the product works on hair that is just entering its growth (anagen) phase.

Several things happen when you apply Minoxidil to the scalp.

First, the dilation of blood vessels causes the follicles to receive more oxygenation and nutrients.

Thanks to the supply provided by your body the hair follicles will be more likely to grow faster and healthier..

Secondly, Minoxidil also has an effect on the life cycle of the hair..

In fact, it is known to extendthe anagen growth phase and this allows hair follicles to grow healthier and longer over time.

Is minoxidil a DHT inhibitor?

One of the main causes of miniaturization and hair loss in men and women is DHT..

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is aactive metabolite of the hormone testosterone that causes follicles sensitive to it to progressively miniaturize. The process called miniaturization makes the hair follicles progressively shrink producing an ever finer hair until it disappears completely.

Minoxidil is not a DHT inhibitor which means it does not solve the problem of hair loss.

However, minoxidil can help improve the caliber of hair although it does not prevent hair loss.

Is there any way to get faster results with Minoxidil?

If you are following the manufacturer’s instructions for the minoxidil you are using there is not much you can do to make your hair grow faster during treatment.

Some patients are prescribed finasteride to try to solve the DHT problem and stabilize the hair loss. Although finasteride can be very effective in stopping the fall many patients are concerned about its possible secondary effects, especially those affecting the sexual sphere.

In addition to oral medications, useful help toimprove the overall health of our hair can come from diet and some changes in our lifestyle.

It is recommended take supplements for hair and follow a well-balanced diet that includes plenty protein, vitamins and mineral.

It is useful to reduce the stress and try to completely eliminate vices such as smoking or drinking excessively.

The problem of waiting

Waiting from 3 to 6 months to see the first signs of regrowth can be difficult.

There are some risks associated with waiting this long to see the first results.

It is very difficult to tell whether or not there is hair regrowth when you first start using Minoxidil.

Using a product for a long period of time without seeing any real results can be discouraging.

It should also be added that very often people who start using Minoxidil experience a period of worsening (induced shedding) before seeing improvement.

In addition to having to wait a long time to see if the product is working or not, should also be considered the possible side effects of Minoxidil that can be particularly annoying.

Minoxidil, especially in formulations with propylene glycol is known to cause irritation of the scalp, itching and sometimes rash. Its formulation can also make the hair greasy making it difficult to comb.

Is there anything more effective than Minoxidil?

Yes there are several alternative options to Minoxidil.

Although Minoxidil was one of the first effective treatments to treat hair loss have made great strides since its discovery in the 50s.

The Nanoxidil, for example, is a viable alternative to Minoxidil.

Like Minox it is a vasodilator but with lower molecular weight.

This means it can penetrate the scalp and reach the follicles much more effectively.

The Nanoxidil also opens ion channels between cells.

This promotes a greater supply of oxygen and nutrients to the follicles as well as lengthening the anagen (growth) phase.

The Nanoxidil used in combination with some inhibitors of DHT (such as azelaic acid and ketoconazole) has demonstrated very effective even in treating the most difficult forms of fall as that which affects women.

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