History of Regaine
Regaine is an approved drug for treating hair loss. Together with and Propecia they are the only two drugs that are approved for regrowing hair. The active ingredient in Regaine is Minoxidil. Minoxidil has got a rich history because it was initially used as a hypertension medicine. One of the side effects that were discovered for continued use of this hypertension medicine was growth of hair. Scientists wanted to take advantage of that effect. They further tested Minoxidil for treatment of alopecia. It turned out to be useful and was approved by FDA as a viable treatment for baldness.
How It Works
Loss of hair is commonly caused by insufficient supply of the essential nutrients to their follicles. In most cases, this is caused by reduced flow of blood into the follicles. As a result, the follicles shrink and have reduced activity in growth. Regaine has been proven to bring the follicles back to life and make them grow in length.
Regaine (Minoxidil) is an alcohol-based solution and comes in two strengths – Regular solution and Extra Strength solution. Generic Minoxidil is also available and can be bought as an over-the-counter medication. Regular solution is 2% while Extra Strength solution is 5% in Minoxidil concentration. The way the two strengths are used depends on the severity of the hair loss being treated. However, the reported success rates for Extra Strength are higher (50-60%) than the success rate for Regular (30-40%).
The alcohol-based solution is applied or sprayed onto the areas experiencing thinning. If you want to grow longer and thick hair, after you experienced thinning, you need to use Regaine on daily basis until results are seen. A common dose is applying it twice a day for best results.
Does Regaine Treat Baldness?
Well, Minoxidil has been tested on patients suffering from baldness and didn’t show any positive results. The results observed showed that, thin strands on the areas surrounding the balding areas improved significantly. However, nothing happened to the bald scalp areas. This observation has not yet been linked with any scientific research. Currently, some scientists believe that minoxidil increases blood flow only to the areas surrounding the bald scalp areas. As a result, more nutrients e.g. potassium could reach those areas, and less nutrients being delivered to the balding areas.
It has, therefore, been concluded that Regaine isn’t the cure for or a treatment for bald scalps. This is because there are minimal results in growing hair on bald scalps or the front hairline regions. Another reason for not delivering on completely bald scalps is because Regaine is less effective for men than for women. Therefore, the effective use of Minoxidil is in delaying hair loss.
Results to Expect
Regaine works best in women than in men. Secondly, the drug delivers results only to areas that have thin cover on the scalp. We can say that Minoxidil is best suited for maintaining your natural hair as well as slowing down the process of hair thinning.
In order to maintain the benefits of Regaine, use it continuously in your lifetime. Once you seize using Minoxidil; all the progress will be lost in less than 4 months. Apply it twice daily for excellent results.
The reported side effects include scalp itching, irritation, and dandruff. Skin irritation could be as a result of the alcohol content in the drug. Overdose may lead to fast heart beats and dizziness. However, some of the effects, e.g. dandruff, can be treated by using good shampoo products.
The worst side effects reported is growth of hair on other body areas such as the face. This was reported in victims of severe refractory high blood pressure.
Compared Hair Transplants
Is Regaine as effective as hair transplants? The answer is yes. Any surgical procedure on the scalp can lead to loss of hair. Minoxidil is quite helpful for regrowing hair lost due to surgery.
As indicated earlier, minoxidil increases blood flow to the hair follicles. It’s therefore advisable to stop the treatment prior to a surgical operation. This is because it can cause excess bleeding during the operation.