Are Topical Hair Growth Products Right for Me?

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If you’ve noticed your hair is starting to thin out as you age, you’re not alone. Hair loss can start as early as your teens and both men and women are affected by hereditary hair loss. You’ve probably seen the commercials for products like Rogaine that claim to regrow and thicken your hair, but do they work? And are you the right candidate for those products?

If you’re experiencing mild to moderate hereditary hair loss symptoms, then topical hair growth products are absolutely something to consider. With minimal side effects and proven results, topical products like Rogaine can make a dramatic difference in your hair growth and give you a full, natural head of hair again.

How Does It Work?

Studies show that minoxidil, the primary medicine in Rogaine, promotes hair regrowth. Over time, hereditary hair loss causes hair follicles to shrink in thickness and hair becomes brittle and thin. Eventually, the aging follicles shed their hair and stop growing new hair altogether. Minoxidil targets the hair follicles and revives them with an increase in blood flow and nutrients so they continue to produce thick strands of hair.

All you have to do is apply Rogaine liquid or foam to your scalp twice daily. That’s all it takes to improve your hair growth. Pretty simple, right? Rogaine works even better when combined with other products, like medicated shampoos and Propecia, an oral medication that prevents further hair loss.

Medicated Shampoos

In clinical trials, ketoconazole has been shown to amplify the effects of minoxidil. While chiefly used as an anti-fungal medication, ketoconazole in shampoo form can also treat excessive dandruff and has been found to enhance the effects of hair growth products. If you’re already using Rogaine, consider using a product like Nizoral that contains ketoconazole to fast track your hair regrowth.

Oral Medications

The most popular oral medication for hair loss treatment is Propecia, a prescription medication containing finasteride. Taken alongside the use of Rogaine, Propecia can stop hair loss while Rogaine increases hair growth. Propecia does have some side effects, so be sure to talk them over with your doctor if you’re interested in taking Propecia.

So, are topical hair growth products right for you? The short answer is yes. Rogaine can regrow your hair, especially combined with other medicated products. If you’ve already experienced significant hair loss though, Dr. Cooley offers hair transplantation services that can completely restore your hairline. If you’re tired of seeing bald or thinning spots when you look in the mirror and want to restore your, give Carolina Dermatology Hair Center a call at 704-542-1601 and schedule a consultation today.