Review: Is Minoxidil or Rogaine Effective? The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Truth


Those of us looking for ways to recover our hair might want to read this review of Minoxidil or Rogaine by the Consumer Reports National Research Center which was based on the online response of 8,082 men and women with hair loss issues.

Here’s how said respondents rated Minoxidil (Rogaine) based on their own personal experience of using the product. From CBS:

Minoxidil (Rogaine)

4 percent rate very effective
43 percent rate not effective

This topical product is sold in strengths of 2 percent (the only version approved for women) and 5 percent, which also comes as a foam. Sold under the brand name Rogaine or generically, versions go for as little as $10 per month. Minoxidil works best on patients whose hair loss is recent.

Pros: In a study cited in the journal ACP Medicine, even the 2 percent solution was shown to produce visible hair growth in about one-third of patients and fine hair growth in another third.

Cons: In the same study, Minoxidil was ineffective in one-third of patients. Our survey respondents reported that it was largely ineffective. Results might not be visible for four-to-12 months, and any benefits are lost when you stop applying the product. Side effects include dry, itchy, or irritated scalp and increased facial hair.

Have you ever used this hair loss treatment product yourself? How would you rate it? Effective? Not effective? A total waste of good money?

Update: Here’s a video of the Consumer Reports guy talking about their study on the effectiveness of hair loss treatment and anti-aging products.

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