rogaine for facial hair growth

There really isn’t a magic solution that could grow you a beard when you really can’t grow a beard.

Except, that there is one, and that’s Minoxidil also known by the brand name Rogaine (Regaine in the UK) and many of its generic variants like Kirkland, Equate, Tugain, etc.

Minoxidil can stimulate and speed up beard growth and make your existing facial hair thicker. It’s almost on par with the effects of a beard transplant but costs hundreds of times less (which is actively making the transplant industry freak out and try to fearmonger men into not using it at all).

I know how insane it sounds – and how hard it is to believe the first time you hear about it – but tens of thousands of men have completed the Minoxidil beard journey, and grew some pretty impressive beards from very weak or patchy starting points.

“I’m intrigued, yet skeptical, please tell me more?”

Okay, so Minoxidil is the active ingredient in Rogaine, the World’s #1 Dermatologist recommended OTC (that’s prescription-free) hair-loss drug.

Million’s of men have used it successfully to curb hair loss, and it has been extensively studied for its safety and efficacy. The data clearly shows that it can re-grow hair by activating dormant follicles via boosted circulation and other mechanisms.

As you can expect, some men eventually started to wonder if they could apply Rogaine to the face and grow facial hair as a result.

The idea was ridiculed at first, and discussions about Minoxidil for beard growth were basically non-existent online just a few years ago.

However, now in 2019, it has been clearly established that Minoxidil does work for beard growth.

There are Facebook groups with more than fifty thousands members using the hair-loss drug on their beards, Reddit subcategories with almost ten thousand guys doing the same, and even a scientific study which concluded that Minoxidil is safe and effective for beard enhancement.

After the use of Rogaine for beard growth skyrocketed in popularity, the narrative of the nay-sayers switched from “it doesn’t work” into claiming that “the results aren’t permanent”.

Yet, thousands of guys have completed the Minox beard journey, grown beards with it, then stopped using the hair-loss drug and years later their beards are still in place – as explained in our Minoxidil beard FAQ post.

“So can you use Minoxidil on your face to grow a beard?”

Short answer:

Yes, you can literally go into Amazon and buy some Kirkland 5% Minoxidil (known as the cheapest, yet effective brand) and start applying it to your beard area twice per day 1ml per application. In 3-12 months you should be able to grow a full beard.

Long answer:

For the longer answer, you will have to take some time and read our full article below, which explains…

  • Exactly how Minoxidil grows the beard.
  • Lists all the known side effects of beard Minoxidil.
  • Explains to you why the results are permanent.
  • Shows you some impressive before-after pictures.
  • Teaches you how to apply Minoxidil to the beard.
  • And explains the details about the Minoxidil beard study.

Ready to learn everything there is to know about how to use Rogaine to stimulate beard growth? Good, then continue reading below. ↓

How Does Minoxidil Grow Facial Hair

rogaine for beard

Even after tens of years of research, the real reason why Minoxidil is so effective at growing hair is still not 100% clear.

What is known are these facts:

  • Minoxidil activates potassium channels in the beard area and boosts facial hair follicles circulation
  • It also increases prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels, which is known to help hair growth through multiple mechanisms.
  • The use of Minoxidil converts more dormant hair follicles into the active anagen growth phase.
  • Once the follicles are shifted to the anagen phase, Minox keeps them there for a longer duration than normal.
  • Regular use of Minoxidil results in angiogenesis, which is a fancy term for new blood vessel generation.

For years, the only evidence that suggested you could use Rogaine for the face to grow a beard was that there were dozens of successful studies where it had been used on the scalp-hair.

That all changed a few years ago when a group of researchers from Thailand decided to test a 3% Minoxidil solution against a placebo liquid in the beards of 48 test subjects.

(click here for the full study which opens in a new window as a .pdf).

After the 16-week study period, the researchers looked at each participant’s 3cm test areas to see whether there was any new beard growth that took place.

The results showed that Minoxidil absolutely skyrocketed the growth of new facial hairs, leaving no question as for whether it would or wouldn’t be effective.

minoxidil beard study graphAnd this was with a 3% solution, while the Minoxidil that most guys use for beard growth purposes is even stronger; such as the typical 5% Kirkland like this one from Amazon.

“The exact mechanism of Minoxidil in promoting hair growth is still unclear but there are many hypotheses. In conclusion, Minoxidil 3% lotion is effective and safe for beard enhancement.” – Dr. Ingprasert et al.

Minoxidil Beard Before After Pictures & Proof

minoxidil beard before after

The popularity of applying Rogaine to the face has skyrocketed in the last few years, so much so that there are at least 50,000+ men doing it already, and likely much more than that.

Now, if something works or not for beard growth, can be very easily confirmed with a simple before-after picture.

All the beard growth serums, beard growth oils, pills, etc always fail this step, as their snake-oil solutions can’t produce a single credible before-after photo.

But in the case of Minoxidil, there are thousands of unaltered before-afters, showing exactly how effective it really is at stimulating beard growth and even making completely beardless men turn into fully bearded gents.

Here’s one video that shows just 100 of the photos:

Minoxidil Beard Side Effects and Safety

minoxidil beard side effects

After rigorous testing and multiple trials; Minoxidil has been considered safe enough for the FDA to make it available over the counter as a form of self-medication.

This does not mean that it would be completely side effect free, and even though using it for the beard is considered “off-label use” the Minoxidil beard side effects are practically the same ones as can be seen when the drug is applied to the scalp.

The side effects below are taken directly from the Rogaine packages instructional leaflet, with few exceptions that are compiled from known case studies and online reports.

Common side effects

The common side effects occur (according to McNeill corporation) in 1 out of every 10 users on average.

  • Skin dryness – especially with liquid Minoxidil, skin dryness is a very common side effect. This is caused most likely by the combination of the alcohol and propylene glycol which act as carrier agents. They are necessary for absorption, but also dry out the skin. Luckily it’s really easy to combat this with moisturizer or beard oil.
  • Body hair growth – not an issue for most, but since some of the Minoxidil does make it into the systemic circulation, it’s likely that you will see increased body hair growth.
  • Hair and beard shedding – it may sound ass-backward that a hair-loss drug could result in more hairs falling off, but it does commonly happen and it’s not a bad thing at all. The reason for the “Minoxidil shedding phase” is simple; as the drug transitions more and more of your hairs into the active anagen growth phase, more and more of the hairs in the telogen resting phase will shed to make room for a new hair fiber growing from the same tunnel.

Less Common Side Effects

The less common side effects occur in 1/100 users on average (according to the manufacturer’s safety studies).

  • Fatigue – rarely, some users report a slight feeling of fatigue, especially when starting the use of Minoxidil. This usually doesn’t persist, but if it does, it’s best to quit using it and talk to a doctor.
  • Heart palpitations – Minoxidil was originally formulated to be an oral blood pressure medication, and since its a vasodilator (enlargens blood vessels) you can occasionally notice small changes in your heart rate. Use of nicotine products, stimulants, caffeine, etc can make these more common.
  • Dizziness – due to changes in your blood flow, blood pressure, and heart rate that can come with Minoxidil use (again, it’s a vasodilator) you may occasionally get a sense of light-headedness.
  • Acne – the skin drying ingredients alcohol and propylene glycol can increase the likelihood of acne and pimples in people prone to getting them.
  • Water retention – some people report that Minoxidil causes “bloated looking face”, this can be caused by the water retention which has to do with its potassium-channel altering effects. Stick to the recommended amounts and don’t abuse the dosage and you should never see this side effect.

Serious Side Effects

The serious side effects are very rare and occur in 1/1000 users on average, according to the leaflet provided by the original Rogaine manufacturer.

NOTE: If you experience any of these side effects when using Minoxidil to grow a beard, discontinue the use immediately and consult a medical expert.

  • Allergy symptoms – it’s very rare but possible to have an allergic reaction to Minoxidil. Symptoms of this include rapid weight gain, nausea, vomiting, rashes, and the swelling of different body parts like the hands, ankles, and your lips.
  • Worsened eye-sight – since Minoxidil may increase your blood pressure, it can also impact the blood flow and pressure within the eyes and result in things like temporary optic neuropathy as seen in this case study. The discontinuation of Minoxidil completely resolved the issue, so if you ever experience any vision changes, stop using it and don’t take any risks.
  • Severe chest pain / irregular heart rate – if you have long-term pre-existing cardiovascular issues, then the use of Minoxidil, which is a vasodilator, may either help or worsen your condition. If you experience chest pain and irregular heart rate, stop using Minoxidil immediately and seek the help of a medical professional.

“You said minoxidil was safe, this sounds very dangerous to me?”

Well, it’s safe enough to warrant OTC status by the FDA, but at the same time, like any drug, it has possible side effects.

It’s crucial to understand that out of tens of thousands of men using Minoxidil for beard growth, an extremely small percentage actually runs into side effects that make them stop the usage.

As long as you don’t use too much of it or apply too often, your risk of side effects – other than the dry skin under the beard – is very small.

But they’re still possible, and understanding them is extremely important, so you know what to do if you encounter them.

How to Use Minoxidil to Grow a Beard

how to use minoxidil for beard growth

So, Minoxidil and Rogaine can help you grow a beard, but how exactly do you apply Minoxidil to the face, and in which parts specifically?

And how long should it be there? How often do you need to use it? And how much should you use per application?

All of these questions will be covered below.

First, let’s look at how to put it in your face though…

How to Apply Minoxidil to the Face in 5 Easy Steps

Step #1 – Wash your face

The first step to applying Minoxidil is to simply wash your face. You may use just water or a gentle facewash for this.

Step #2 – Dampen the face with a towel

It has been shown in one study that Minoxidil works best on a towel-damp face. To be clear, your face should not be dripping with water, but it should not be completely dry either.

Step #3 – Apply Minoxidil where you want the beard to grow

Suck in 1ml of Minoxidil with the dropper and start dripping it all over the area where you’d like to see facial hair grow in. If you use the spray nozzle, it takes around 6-8 pumps for 1ml. Foam users should apply about half a cap.

Step #4 – Gently rub the Minoxidil all over your beard area

Once you have dripper or sprayed the 1ml of Minoxidil around your face, gently rub it into your desired facial hair area with either the dropper or with two fingers. You don’t have to use much pressure at all, just make sure there’s a thin layer on the areas of the skin you want more facial hair on.

Step #5 – Wash your hands carefully with soap

You probably don’t want hair growing on your fingers, so make sure to properly wash your hands with soap after applying Minoxidil to the beard.

How Many Times Per Day Should I Use it?

The most common recommendation is to apply Minoxidil to your beard twice per day, preferably in the morning and evening and not too close together. This is the official recommendation that is same for scalp-hair use as well.

Best results would come from applying it every 12 hours or so, but this may be unrealistic given that you need to sleep, work, and do a bunch of other stuff that might not allow you to be applying Minoxidil on your face.

That’s why I recommend you use it twice per day, whenever it will be most convenient for you to do so.

You can also use once per day, and this will bring results, but the results will come in slower than with twice per day application.

How Much Minoxidil Should I Use on the Beard?

The official recommended amount is 2ml per day divided into two doses, so 1ml per application.

Most Minoxidil bottles come with a dropper cap, and these should have a line indicating the 1ml mark. If you use the spray nozzle, the 1ml will be around 6-8 pumps, and for foam, the recommendation is to use roughly half of the cap.

How Long Does Minoxidil Need to Be on the Face?

In a Rogaine absorption study on the scalp area, it took four hours for 75% of the active ingredient to get into the hair follicles. Since the skin under your beard is much thinner, it’s likely that the recommended 4-hours would result in close to 100% being absorbed.

After applying Minoxidil to the beard, wait for around four hours before washing it off or applying moisturizer/beard oil.

How Long Does Minoxidil Beard Take?

bearded man looking at a clock

Every man responds differently to Minoxidil and we all have different starting points. It’s simply impossible to say accurately how long will it take to grow a beard with Minoxidil.

However, given that tens of thousands of men have already gone through the journey and grown beards with the stuff, we can give a rough ball-park estimate…

In most cases, it will take anywhere between six months to two years of consistent Minoxidil applications to grow a full beard with Minoxidil.

Obviously, if you have some beard growth already and your overall beard hormone levels are on the higher side, then your results will come in faster.

If you have no facial hair at all and your hormones are on the lower side, then it will likely take longer for you to see the results.

Men with Eastern Asian or Native American genes also tend to see slower results, and this has to do with their sensitivity to the androgen receptors.

Is the Minoxidil Beard Really Permanent?

beard closeup

You may have seen some big news outlets publishing their own Minoxidil beard stories recently, such as The Daily Mail, The Sun, and Men’s Health.

All of them do agree that Minoxidil works, but they also had beard transplant center workers to say that “the beard will fall off once you quit using Minoxidil” in each of the articles.

The funny thing is that there have been thousands of men who have grown full beards with Minoxidil, then stopped using it for more than a year, and came back reporting that the beard is still there.

One of them is Basik Ali Coe, an early Minoxidil beard pioneer from YouTube:

So if Minoxidil beard is indeed permanent, then why do all these news say it will fall off once you stop?

Well, that’s probably because they ask the question from people associated with hair and beard transplant centers. Of course, they want to ward people off from using it, because each beard grown with Minoxidil is another lost client for them.

There have been so many people who have gone through the journey and stopped using Minox, and if they would all be losing their beards, you can be damn sure they would be talking about that.

Yet, all we see are guys who used it to grow beards, waited long enough for the hairs to turn thick and terminal, then stopped using, and their beards stuck around.

The only cases where someone reports that they lost some of the hairs are the people who used it for just a month or two and didn’t wait for their non-pigmented vellus hairs to turn into terminal beard hairs.

Which Minoxidil is Best for Beard Growth?

minoxidil package

Minoxidil is, like said many times by now, a hair loss drug. The original brand is called Rogaine (or Regaine in the UK) but there are also multiple generic brands like Kirkland, Equate, Tugain, Foligain, Mintop, etc.

Which of these is the best choice for beard growth, and should you be using Minoxidil liquid or the foam? Let’s examine. ↓

Rogaine, Kirkland, Foligain, Equate, or Tugain?

Not a day goes by that I won’t get an email or comment asking me about which specific Minoxidil brand is the most effective for beard growth…

And the answer is that it does not matter which brand you use because almost all of them use the same active ingredient (Minoxidil) in same amounts (usually 5%) and dissolved into the same carrier agents (alcohol, propylene glycol, or the aerosol foam).

“You should use the brand of minoxidil that is easiest to get and the cheapest choice for you in your current location.”

For the guys living in the US, Kirkland is almost always the best choice (here’s almost a year’s supply for less than 200 bucks).

If you live in the UK, you probably need to get the original brand (Regaine) which is the same stuff, but just much more expensive.

Anywhere else in Europe, it’s likely that the only thing you can find is Rogaine, which again, is the exact same stuff, just more expensive.

NOTE: The only thing you need to look for is that the Minoxidil you buy does not have any extra ingredients in it like azelaic acid or saw palmetto. Those might work on the scalp, but not on the androgenic-hair of the face.

Liquid Minoxidil vs. Foam Minoxidil for Beard

Anecdotally many say that the liquid Minoxidil would be more effective for beard growth, but according to the available research, they should both be just as effective.

Liquid Minoxidil is cheaper and it’s also easier to measure in the dropper. Whether it’s really more effective is up for debate.

Foam Minoxidil, on the other hand, absorbs up to 5x faster and does not dry the skin as much since it does not have the propylene glycol in it.

I recommend you start out with liquid and see how you respond to it. If your skin gets unbearably dry or you can’t bother to wait for the 4-hours absorption time, then switching to foam might be a good idea.

Where to Buy Minoxidil for Beard Use

Minoxidil is the Dermatologist most recommended over-the-counter hair loss drug. It’s massively popular because of that, which means that there’s no shortage of it.

A quick summary of different options:

Preview
The Original Brand
Men's Rogaine Extra Strength 5% Minoxidil Topical Solution for Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth, Topical Treatment for Thinning Hair, 3-Month Supply
Best Value
Kirkland Minoxidil 5 Percent Extra Strength Hair Regrowth for Men, 3 Pack of (6 Count)
Foam Alternative
Rogaine for Men Hair Regrowth Treatment, 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol, Easy-to-Use Foam, (6 Months Supply (4.22 Ounces))
Product
Rogaine 5% Liquid Minoxidil
Kirkland 5% Liquid Minoxidil
Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Aerosol Foam
Free of DHT-Blockers
Absorption Time
4 Hours
4 Hours
4 Hours
Price
$44.95
$66.90
Price not available
Prime Status
-
-
The Original Brand
Preview
Men's Rogaine Extra Strength 5% Minoxidil Topical Solution for Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth, Topical Treatment for Thinning Hair, 3-Month Supply
Product
Rogaine 5% Liquid Minoxidil
Free of DHT-Blockers
Absorption Time
4 Hours
Price
$44.95
Prime Status
Where to Buy
Best Value
Preview
Kirkland Minoxidil 5 Percent Extra Strength Hair Regrowth for Men, 3 Pack of (6 Count)
Product
Kirkland 5% Liquid Minoxidil
Free of DHT-Blockers
Absorption Time
4 Hours
Price
$66.90
Prime Status
-
Where to Buy
Foam Alternative
Preview
Rogaine for Men Hair Regrowth Treatment, 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol, Easy-to-Use Foam, (6 Months Supply (4.22 Ounces))
Product
Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Aerosol Foam
Free of DHT-Blockers
Absorption Time
4 Hours
Price
Price not available
Prime Status
-
Where to Buy

You can find Rogaine in practically every drug store on this planet, and on most big online retailers like eBay or Amazon, you can find Rogaine, Kirkland, Equate, etc.

Most generic brands are also available in stores like Walmart and Target, even in some gas stations.

If you want the stronger stuff like Mintop 12,5% Minoxidil or Tugain 10% Minoxidil, you will probably have to try to find them from India.

(do keep in mind that these might not be legal to import to your country).

There’s also a seller that ships the rarer brands of Minoxidil in the US and from their UK warehouse (minoxbeard.com).

I wouldn’t recommend the Tugains and other strong stuff, most people get amazing results with little to no side effects with the basic cheap Kirkland 5%, so why risk it?

My go-to recommendation is this Kirkland 5% from Amazon, which is the lowest price I’ve seen in a while.

How to Make Minoxidil More Effective for Beard Growth

speed up minoxidil beard

Are there any ways to speed up the Minoxidil beard progress? You bet there are.

The common sense things like making sure you’re not deficient in any key beard vitamins, sleeping well, exercising, and maintaining a balanced beard-friendly diet are some that everyone knows…

But the ones below are the best method to truly supercharge the effects of Minoxidil without any major extra costs or time spent. ↓

3% Peppermint Oil Dilution

It’s inevitable that Minoxidil will dry out your beard skin, and you will need to find a good moisturizer to combat this.

One of the best ways to combine a moisturizer with some possible beard growth-promoting effects would be to make a 3% dilution of peppermint essential oil into a jojoba oil carrier.

The easiest way to do this is to get a 1 oz. dropper bottle, fill that with jojoba oil (good brand) and then drip in approximately 18 drops of peppermint essential oil (good brand).

Then just use that as a moisturizer/beard oil after the 4-hours of Minoxidil’s absorption time has gone by.

What makes PEO so good you ask?

peppermint oil beard stimulation

Well, there’s a rodent study which showed that a 3% dilution of peppermint oil was more effective at growing hair than a 3% solution of Minoxidil, and it worked by increasing the hair follicle IGF-1 growth hormone levels.

It’s possible that peppermint oil could promote beard growth in humans through the same mechanism.

Derma Roller

Microneedling the beard area with a device called the Derma Roller is another possible way to enhance the effects of beard Minoxidil.

You need to use a roller with 0.5 to 0.75mm needle-length, as this allows you to create micro-punctures that will reach the epidermis of the skin.

Puncturing the skin will not cause pain or scar tissue, but it will be just enough to prompt the body into a healing response, which means that it will shuttle more fresh blood with hormones and nutrients directly into the beard area.

This has been studied so far only with scalp-hair, but in one study it was found that Derma Roller + Minoxidil was significantly more effective at regrowing hair than Minoxidil alone.

microneedling hair growth study results

I recommend and personally use this 0.75mm Derma Roller from Amazon.

NOTE: When using the Derma Roller and Minoxidil in conjunction, always take a 24-hour break from Minoxidil after you have micro-needled the skin to avoid systemic absorption of the drug.

Carnitine

L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) is an amino acid that is best known as a lipid transporter in the body.

There are two mechanisms that explain how it can help your beard grow faster, and make Minoxidil more effective on the facial hair.

  1. It makes the androgen receptors all around your body (including the face) more sensitive towards testosterone and DHT (source).
  2. It shuttles more fatty-acids into the mitochondria of beard follicles for direct energy use, which activates some of the dormant follicles (source).

foizik et al carnitine hair growth study graphs

You can buy some pure powdered LCLT from Amazon and then either take about 2g per day orally or dissolve ~1.2g into a full 60ml bottle of liquid Minoxidil for topical use (the carrier agents will help the carnitine to absorb directly into the follicles).

Rogaine Beard Commonly Asked Questions

man with beard thinking

How long do I need to use Minoxidil on my face?

Most users report that there are only light “vellus hairs” that can be seen in the first 1-3 months, which then gradually start turning darker and thicker terminal hairs. After 6-12 months of continuous use, most Rogaine beard brothers report significant results, often complete full faces of hair.

Can you shave while using Rogaine on the beard?

You can, and it might make the application much more comfortable and less messy. However, you don’t have to necessarily. There are people who both shaved and did not, and both camps claiming good effects.

Will the facial hair fall off if I stop applying Minoxidil/Rogaine?

No. The rate of new growth slowly seizes, and the hair shaft diameter is reduced slightly, but almost all of the new facial hair gained from Minoxidil will stay on your face for years after discontinuing use.

It seems that once the hair follicle and androgen receptors of the face are properly activated, the hormonal feedback loop keeps the beard gains alive even without the influx of more Minoxidil.

In other words, the Minoxidil facial hair growth is likely permanent (which is why you should be careful to only use it on spots you really want the hair to grow on!)

How often do I have to use Minoxidil on my face to grow a beard?

1ml once per day is enough, but 1ml twice per day is better and will likely get you faster results.

Some users report putting on Minoxidil even three or up to four times per day, but since the drug was initially created to be a vasodilator, I would highly advise that you don’t play around with it and stick to 1-2 times per day.

How long should you keep Minoxidil on the face?

According to one scientific trial, 75% or more of the Minoxidil will be absorbed into the hair follicle within 4-hours, this seems to be generally recommended as the optimal time.

Can I use Tugain 10% Minoxidil for the beard?

A lot of men who are desperate to make their patchy beards thicker, seem to gravitate towards the Tugain brand 10% Minoxidil, which is twice as strong as the normal Rogaine or Kirkland brands.

Is this smart? Not in my opinion. The 5% solution should be enough to stimulate facial hair growth, and by doubling the amount of active ingredient, you are also doubling down on the possible chances of getting the above-mentioned Minoxidil side effects.

Minox Beard Hall of Fame and Other Resources

man with bushy beard

I first heard about Minoxidil for beard growth about 6 years ago, and back then there was almost no information at all for its off-label beard use.

The only information you could find was incredibly inaccurate forum posts here and there.

Now, six years later, there’s the 50,000+ member Minox Beard Spot group on FaceBook, which was started by Basik Ali Coe (the original pioneer of the Minoxidil beard).

There are some great admins in that group, such as Cemmos from BeardProfile.Com, Adam Siddals (who runs the Beard Solution YouTube channel) and Sam Beckwith (who runs the Beardology YouTube channel).

All of those are amazing resources filled with accurate information about using Minoxidil for facial hair growth, and they have even put together the Official Minoxidil Beard FAQ.

The Minoxidil Beard Infographic

minoxidil beard infographic

Conclusion

You can grow a beard with Minoxidil. It’s possible, the effects are permanent, and thousands of men have done it already before you.

There will always be nay-sayers and people who claim that Minoxidil wouldn’t work on facial hair or that it would be crazy to rub Rogaine on to your face.

But, there’s simply too much evidence, both scientific and anecdotal, which supports our cause, this stuff is simply put; a working medication to grow facial hair.

So if you want to get that beard growing and you understand the possible side effects and risks, then get yourself a bottle of 5% Kirkland from Amazon and start the journey.

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Ali is a published author and a beard grooming expert from Finland. To this date, his articles have been read more than 15-million times on various sites, and he has helped thousands of men make their beards look better and grow thicker. His work has been featured and cited in Seeker, Wikihow, GQ, TED, and Buzzfeed.

42 COMMENTS

  1. Hey man very knowledgeable article thanks of you for this information. But I have one confusion to use of papermint nd jojoba oil. My question is which time of interval I should use this essential oil ?
    After use or before use of minoxidil pls rply me

  2. They say it will fall off because that’s what happens with male pattern baldness. Facial hair is not subject to male pattern baldness. It will not fall off.

  3. I tried Minoxidil for around 5-6 months, I already have quite an amount of facial hair, but I wanted to fill in a couple of gaps and give it more body. I stopped once I was I was satisfied with my beard, also after I had quite a few number of unwanted hairs on my arms and chest and back.

    After stopping Minoxidil, the new hairs on my face died, but they did not disappear. I thought they were terminal, but I must have misjudged it, I was unsure how to determine a terminal hair. They do not grow anymore but just sit there are stubble. Will something like a derma-roller help them grow again or is my only option to start up the minoxidil for longer this time? I’ve seen people counter the effects of baldness with just a derma-roller and nothing else.

  4. Ali,

    I just did a a 4 chart search on essential oils dilution. 1 of the 4 charts I searched said for a 3% solution use 18 drops of essential oil per 1 oz. (30ml) of carrier oil. The other 3 of the 4 charts I searched said use 27 drops essential oil per 1 oz. (30ml) of carrier oil. Perhaps the 18 drops to make a 3% solution is incorrect?

    Peter

    • Hmm, that’s strange, I know that 1 oz (30ml) of oil is 600 drops, and so 3% of that would be approximately 18 drops. That’s how I calculated it. It should be correct unless the 600 drops number claimed in many places is incorrect.

    • Yeah, as long as it has the basic ingredients (minoxidil, alcohol, and propylene glycol) it should work just as well as any other brand. Just make sure it doesn’t have any DHT-blockers like saw palmetto or azelaic acid in it.

  5. If you want to destroy your sexuality go ahead and apply minoxidil. Minoxidil does not affect hormones such as testosterone or DHT, but it does suppress androgen receptor expression. Read the study here:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4039155/
    My story: I used 5%minoxidil for two years on my face. My libido was decreasing, I had dull orgasms, loss of interest in sexual activities, and soft erections. I thought it had to do with my medication. As I withdrew from some of my drugs, my conditions didn’t change. I still didn’t think it was the minoxidil. Then I read how other minoxidil users had the same problem as me on some forums. That is when I decided to stop minoxidil. A year has passed now, but I still have some problems with my sexuality. Those who don’t agree with my are probably so obsessed with their beard journey that they have forgotten how their sexuality was before and what it is now. As a side not, I have grown a beard, from absolutely NOTHING, but I don’t think it was worth it.

    • Thanks for your response. I have heard a similar case as you’ve experienced a couple of times now, but this is the first time I see a study that would back up the effects. I will be adding it to the side effects section.

      Considering the number of people who’ve used Minox without reporting sexual side effects, it’s likely that they’re very rare. However, they should not be glossed over. I’ve seen people who say they had negative side effects been ridiculed at many minoxidil groups online, and as you said, it’s pretty obvious that they’re so obsessed with the great results beard-wise that they’re ready to ignore all evidence of possible side-effects.

      In case you didn’t know, you can upregulate the androgen receptors to some extent with mucuna pruriens (coactivator protein), forskolin (which stimulates protein kinase C, and therefore AR), caffeine (also increases cAMP), carnitine, and lifting heavy weights regularly. If the issue is caused by minoxidil induced AR downregulation, then those should all be helpful.

      • I drink coffee every morning and do intermittent fasting and HIIT. I’m not sure I can take l carnitine as I take levothyroxine. L carnitine is a thyroxine antagonist and blocks T3 and T4. I’m seriously considering LCLT but I’m not sure what to do. The reason I have a mild underactive thyroid is that I’m on Lithium carbonate and that is why I also take levothyroxine. Is there any way to stimulate thyroid hormones without medication, like diet, exercise, or a natural supplement? Maybe I can stop taking levothyroxine and start taking LCLT that way. BTW, My height is 181-82 and I weigh 82.5 kilos.

        • Have you heard of the work of Dr. Ray Peat? He has some really interesting stuff catered mostly towards optimizing the thyroid. I’m aware of carnitine having a slight anti-thyroid effect but so far I haven’t noticed any hypothyroid symptoms while using it (cold hands & feet, etc).

          In your case, I would probably shorten the fasting window or try eating some breakfast every morning to see if that helps with the thyroid. Personally, I’ve found it to be better for me than IF, which I did for almost 4 years or so before (and still do occasionally).

          I used to drink 2 cups of black coffee every morning without eating for several hours, but later on, I’ve realized that I was probably just pressing the gas pedal without having any fuel. Nowadays I start my mornings with the same amount of coffee, but I put plenty of sugar or honey in there as well with a bit of full-fat milk, then drink a glass of orange juice with about 10 grams of gelatin mixed in there. I haven’t had a thyroid test done in a long time but this way my body temps increase and hands/feet get really warm, which is a tell-tale sign of increased T3.

          • Thank you for your response. Maybe I should IF sporadically instead of everyday. And about ray peat, yes I know all about his protocol. Basically, he says you should consume a lot sugar, salt, milk, coffee, anything with natural fructose such as fruits, drink little water, avoid PUFAs, and especially drink a lot of orange juice. I do follow some of his guidelines. Anyway, thank you that really helped.

  6. Hello

    I was wondering which is better either the Foam or Liquid form.? I am using Minoxidil 5% cream for almost three months now and I have notice new hair growing around my chin. I want to change now to the Rogaine Foam because the cream is kind of grease. Have you had any testimonials of which one is more effective either foam or liquid .. Thanks

    • They both work well but the liquid is often seen as slightly more effective. However, the downside is that it can also cause skin dryness more easily. So if you find that the liquid dries your face up too much or doesn’t absorb as quickly as you want, then definitely give the foam a go.

  7. Hey man,
    Great article
    I want to ask if I use it for hair and beard to so usually i use something like 3/4 for hair and 1/4 of 1ml to beard. Do you think its enough for both?

  8. Ali,

    You said, “1 ml once per day is enough, but 1-2ml twice per day is better and will likely get you faster results.”
    You also said that using minoxidil 10% solution is not a good idea because “by doubling the amount of active ingredient, you are also doubling down on the possible chances of getting the above-mentioned minoxidil side effects.”

    So my question is, by using 2 ml of minoxidil twice a day (your recommendation), aren’t you then doubling the amount of active ingredient that you just advised against, and aren’t you also doubling your chances of having minoxidil side effects? In other words, isn’t 2 ml of 5% active ingredient applied twice a day (what you recommend for beard growth) the same as applying 1 ml of 10% ingredient twice a day (what you recommend against)? Thanks.

    • Yeah, I worded that poorly. What I mean is that you should use 2ml 2x per day of the 5% for faster results, but 2ml of 10% 2x per day might be unnecessary and come with more risk of side effects with not much more to gain. If someone is to try a larger dosage, I would rather split it up to more applications per day with lower amount of minox at once rather than continuing to use it 1-2 times. I’m probably being even more confusing now but for example; 2ml 4x per day would be more preferable than 4ml 2x per day.

      • I probably worded poorly myself the first part of the lead up to my question by not providing the full context of your quotes. So the bottom line then, for someone who is going to stick to the 5% minoxidil solution, 2ml 2x per day will likely see better results, but it is still within the safe daily dosing range where you’ll still be less likely to have side effects?

        I’ve been using the standard 1ml 2x per day, but minoxidil is cheap enough that I’d like to bump it up to 2ml 2x per day if my skin can tolerate it. BTW, I do moisturize, but I also have sensitive skin.

        Thanks Ali for all of the great information.

  9. I sweat a lot during summer. When i apply minoxidil on my face, I start feeling warm. I start sweating as well. If I sweat, will it make minoxidil less effective?

  10. Most of this article just seems like a copied version of the minoxidil article on Simple Skincare Science. It’s literally even formatted the same way.

    • This article has been published originally in 2016, before the Skincare Science one (which is why there are 400k+ views already). The date is updated with each update of the article, and the headline formatting is done in a way that pleases Google’s algorithm and user search intent, which is probably why it’s similar.

      “Improving upon previous content” is basically how most websites work (and have to work due to the nature of Google rankings) to stay on top. If you take a look at my article on beard growth supplements and compare it to Simple Skincare Science’s findings on beard growth products (again written after mine) you may see some similarities. Why? He probably found some of the products by reading my article as part of his research.

      I’m not at all salty about that and think it’s a great website which deserves authority status as evidence-based skincare content and it’s not the same as flat-out copying stuff either so I’m perfectly fine with that.

  11. Thank you for the deep insight.
    A guy from Asia. I have been using kirkland minoxidil 5% since Jan, 2018. It’s been year now and I have consumed only 7 bottles (4Liquid+3Foam) from my stock. I can see results on my facial area but i am not much satisfied though..Is there any relationship between number of months & number of bottles consumed.

    I really want to expedite the progress and need a fuller beard by the end of two year mark.
    Guidance and any suggestion is much appreciated.

    • With either the liquid or the foam, you should be using one bottle every month. You said yourself that you have used 7 bottle in one year, You should be using 1 bottle of 5% minoxidil solution every month (12 bottles in a year), at a minimum ( dosing at 1 ml 2 times a day), and from what Ali wrote in this article, you could be using up to 2 bottles of 5% minoxidil solution every month (24 bottles in a year), dosing at 2 ml 2 times a day. If I’m understanding you correctly, you are only using 1/2 of what the recommended MINIMUM daily dosage is.

      Also, being an Asian guy, read Ali’s articles on “awakening” your androgen receptors. Good luck!

  12. Hello there. How to use this Minoxidil Oil together with Beard oil? Any suggestions? My beard oil is all natural with almond oil,jojoba oil,grape seed oil,virgin coconut oil and vitamin E. Thank you

    • I would change the beard oil to something that has no almond and grapeseed oils, they’re both polyunsaturated and can actually suppress DHT on the skin (read our article on testosterone and beard growth for more info on this), causing weaker facial hair growth and reducing the positive effects of minoxidil. It’s best to use a combination of jojoba oil and dexpanthenol moisturizer with minoxidil to replace the natural oils lost (jojoba is closest to the natural oils of skin) and to preserve the face from drying due to the minoxidil carrier agent (dexpanthenol cream is best for this I believe).

  13. Thank you very much for a detailed review about Rogaine. I am interested to cover the patches in my beard. The growth of my beard is very slow and I am not satisfied with thickness too. Do you think Rogaine will work for me?

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