Like Finasteride, Minoxidil is a drug developed for alternate uses and adopted due to its side effect of affecting hair loss. In minoxidil's case, it acts as a vasodilator, which in simple english means that it dilates blood vessels.
Minoxidil for Hair Growth: the Science Behind Minoxidil.
Minoxidil is designed as a vasodilator, causing it to improve blood flow to certain areas of your body. Originally, minoxidil was used to lower blood pressure; a side effect of increased blood flow was random excessive hair growth.
When minoxidil is applied topically, minoxidil increases blood flow to parts of your scalp where hair follicles grow. Essentially, blood flow allows for more nutrients to be transported to hair follicles, which promotes hair growth.
Originally, minoxidil was studied for promoting hair loss on the scalp in general, and not around the hair line. In one 1986 study, just over 50% of users had more hair grow. Wanna flip a coin?
Does Minoxidil Work for a Receding Hair Line?
Growing hair is pretty great, but what about making sure the new hairs don't fall out and hair loss doesn't continue? Minoxidil only causes more blood flow, and can only cause a limited amount of random hair growth. After a certain amount of random growth, it will stop working.
This is why it's important to treat hair loss at its core, and not just grow some new hairs. Hair loss happens because of a hormone imbalance. Too much DHT shrinks your hair follicles and makes hair fall out. It's why minoxidil isn't too effective against a receding hair line. Minoxidil can only cause a limited amount of growth, and once the front of your hair starts disappearing, the hair tends to disappear faster than minoxidil can add some new ones.
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