Hair loss is a common thing to happen among men (and even women), and to treat this particular complication, Rogaine appeared. But does Rogaine work on beards? Yes, it does! But of course, just like several hair loss treatments out there, it won’t magically make you grow a beard. Let’s be realistic before having fantasy-like expectations. First, we have to take in mind that results will depend on the person, since some have claimed that it did wonders to their beard growth, and some have claimed the contrary. In fact, there are some cases where men actually had grown a beard from scratch!
First of all, it would be interesting to share the origins of Rogaine.
Rogaine, also known as Minoxidil was originally used (in the form of pills taken orally) to treat patients with abnormal high blood pressure. This was used to treat people unable to reduce their blood pressure by common methods and treatment, and it was actually a pretty efficient way to deal with the problem since it helped even in the worst cases.
But thing is that some patients started to develop an interesting side effect: Hair growth.
After that, Rogaine was born in the form of a substance applied in the scalp and skin.
One thing to note is that beard growing and hair growing using Rogaine will differ in results since they are two completely different process. This misconception may lead to disappointment when starting treatment, so understanding that Rogaine deals with your face and your scalp in difference ways will help you cope with the results.
How does it work, though?
Rogaine stimulates beard growth by improving blood flow towards inactive follicles, which are the main reason to patchy beards and missing hair. These inactive follicles have never done their job, meaning that they haven’t grown a single hair, and they will probably remain like that without external stimulation.
Still, this is not recommended if you are at a young age since your hair growth is still in development. To use Rogaine, is recommended to be over 20.
Also, understand that the process of beard growth will take some time. In some men, results were visible after 5 to 8 months of treatment. In others, results came as fast as two weeks or a couple of months. As said earlier, results depend heavily on each individual. Sticking to the process and being patient is highly recommended.
To apply Rogaine (Or any type of Minoxidil), you have to follow these steps:
- Watch your face with an abundant amount of water. Make sure your hands are not warm since it will make the foam dissolve.
- Apply a vast amount of foam in the area you are going to treat.
- The amount of foam you decide to apply is decided by you, since there’s not a recommended amount to apply.
- Apply 1 to 2 times per day.
- Appliance should cover thoroughly the area of treatment, and a little massage could do wonders while you apply it.
It is recommended to leave it do its work for about 4 hours, but some people have said leaving it there even after 4 hours have passed will increase its effectiveness, though this hasn’t been proved.