Just How Good is Rogaine as a Hair Loss Treatment and is There a Better Alternative?

STOP HAIR LOSS NOW By Frank Nadell (Page 2)

Rogaine is the trade name for a generic medication called Minoxidil, and has been available since 1988 following FDA approval.

It was originally developed as a drug to treat high blood pressure but when applied topically to the surface of the scalp it can slow down hair loss, thicken the hair shafts and help to promote hair regrowth.

#1 Recommended Brand For Hair Regrowth

Although Rogaine quickly became the #1 recommended brand for hair regrowth, users weren't exactly over enthusiastic in using the Rogaine Extra Strength Solution (5% minoxidil) quite often saying it's messy to apply, it's greasy, takes time to dry and gives you an itchy flaky scalp.

It wasn't until nine years later that the manufacturers followed up with the release of Rogaine Foam a more user friendly medication (consisting of 5% minoxidil) which absorbs quickly into the scalp, has a faster drying time and is kinder to the skin.

Even though the manufacturers had greatly improved the usability, clinical trials showed that at 4 months the traditional 5% minoxidil lotion performed better and was superior to Rogaine Foam when comparing actual hair count.

Since its introduction in 2006 many Rogaine Foam users have reverted back to the traditional Rogaine 5% Extra Strength Solution, preferring to put up with the messy lotion which causes scalp irritation and has a slower drying time, simply because it penetrates and soaks into the scalp far better than the foam does.

The foam will often get caught up in the hair were it will dry quite rapidly making it less effective. Because of this many users tend to apply more foam than the prescribed amount just to ensure the scalp is thoroughly covered, often using-up a months supply in 3 weeks (twice a day as recommended)

For some, the solution is to go half and half, using the foam in the morning when they are usually in a rush to get to work and the liquid lotion in the evening when they have more time to spare.

Just How Good is Rogaine?

So how good is it?.. Although the manufacturers boast an impressive 85% success rate of hair regrowth, what they fail to mention is this percentage is not a laboratory tested statistic of actual hair count, but comes from the users own personal observation of their own hair which is totally subjective.

How long before you see results?.. Don't expect anything in the short term, it's a slow process that requires a lot of patience. The manufacturers recommendation is to use Rogaine twice a day for a period of 6 to 12 months before determining its effectiveness, and they do give this warning with regard to regular use...

'Continued use of ROGAINE is needed to maintain hair regrowth. If you stop using it, the normal hair loss process will start again. You will probably lose your newly regrown hair within 3 to 4 months. So, you'll want to make ROGAINE part of your daily routine'

Similar But Cheaper Than Rogaine

Rogaine is by no means the only medication containing a 5% Minoxidil solution, but it is the best known and biggest selling brand.

If you shop around you can find less expensive Rogaine 'clones' with the same active ingredients - Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength is one of the more popular brands, same active ingredients as Rogaine but at a fraction of the cost and it's odorless.

Another popular brand Lipogaine Hair Growth Shampoo contains DHT blockers, Azelaic acid and Saw Palmetto, in a formulation that causes far less scalp irritation and is kinder to the skin than Rogaine liquid.

Propecia The Alternative to Rogaine

The alternative to using Rogaine and similar topical treatments is the prescription drug Finasteride which is marketed under the brand name of Propecia and is the first FDA approved prescription drug used to treat male pattern baldness.

In simple terms, Propecia works by suppressing the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) a male hormone which affects the hair follicles and is a catalyst in causing hair loss. By reducing the amount of DHT that is present in the scalp, hair loss can be slowed to a halt and sometimes reversed.

Although the manufacturers claim that '...9 out of 10 men improved or maintained hair with Propecia...', this is just cleverly worded sales talk to market their own product.

An FDA approved study conducted over a 5 year period showed that only 66% of those who trialed Propecia experienced improvement of hair growth, this is not to be confused with the success rate of preventing any further loss of hair which was at 80%.

Propecia is for treating male pattern hair loss in men only and must not be used by women or children. It's a slow process and may take between 6 - 12 months before seeing any noticeable improvement.

Similarly as with Rogaine, the moment you stop taking your daily tablet, any benefits or gains you've achieved in hair regrowth will be lost within months.

Also be aware that Propecia comes with a long list of 'possible' side effects, including decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and impotence. Although the manufacturers of Propecia state that these side effect are uncommon and at less than 2%, they are still there...

Escape The Hair Loss Trap

So What's Next?.. You can try every prescription drug and OTC product on the shelf, but eventually you will realize you are in a hair loss trap.

Unfortunately for most people, they never see the results they dream of after using these products, but still they desperately spend every spare cent clinging to the hope that one day something will finally help.

And what makes matters even worse when using these products, severe hair loss returns as soon as they stop treatment... It's the perfect trap.

These traditional treatments won't cure your problem because they ignore the source of the problem - the body's hormonal imbalance. This hormone imbalance causes the body to overproduce a super concentrated form of testosterone (DHT), and without going into detail, too much DHT is making your hair follicles sick.

We already know that the prescription drug 'Propecia', works by reducing the amount of DHT that is present in the scalp, in doing so hair loss can be slowed to a halt and even reversed.

The question is, how can you safely reduce the amount of DHT and repair this imbalance without having to continually pay for costly OTC hair loss products and/or prescription drugs with harmful side effects? There is a scientific explanation for hair loss, and also an alternative solution - Click Here

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