man with thick dark garibaldi style beard

Do you want to find the single most potent solution to triggering new growth of facial hair on areas you never thought even had follicles before? If you answered yes, you’re certainly not alone.

Millions of men with sluggish facial hair growth are desperately searching for that silver bullet which would finally activate their follicles, and unfortunately, large amounts of them end up as victims of the “beard vitamin” industry, which peddles poor-quality kitchen-sink multivitamins to men who are desperately trying to become more hirsute.

If only, would they know about minoxidil (also known as Rogaine or Loniten), the prescription-free hair-loss drug, that can be straight up labeled as medication for beard and mustache growth.

Yes, that’s right. There are thousands of men who have used Rogaine for beard growth, hundreds of them documenting their journey, posting rogaine before and after pictures, month by month.

Hand on my heart, I will tell you that minoxidil is the fastest way to grow a beard (when you normally can’t grow a beard) there is.

If only, the author of this New York Times article would have had the guts to try, when he so eloquently wrote: “Back in my early 20s, I once contemplated seeking medical help to grow thicker fuzz. Seeing so many men with beards has me wondering again about a solution. Is there Rogaine for the beardless?” and then just left it at that and proceeded with a load of jargon about the genetics.

Just a simple Google search with “minoxidil beard” would of have yielded him all the answers and proof, and by now he would be rocking a solid beard somewhere. That article was written in 2012, while the earliest online records of successfully growing facial hair with Rogaine go as far back as 2003. That was 15 years ago!

Men using Rogaine for facial hair growth started years ago at a place called Jeff’s Beard Board (used to be the first forum for men discussing the possibility of applying Rogaine to their faces) and has continued on Reddit, where there is an active subreddit called r/MinoxBeards, and in Facebook with a 53,000+ member group called The Minox Beard Spot which was started by the “forefather of minoxidil beards” Mr. Basik Ali Coe himself.

And even if the anecdotal evidence isn’t enough, there’s a clinical study which looked at using a mild 3% solution of minoxidil for beard growth purposes specifically, finding that indeed, it was massively effective at stimulating the growth of NEW facial hair1.

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

I’ve compiled you this massive review of the evidence behind minoxidil, so you know exactly what the hype is about, and why this stuff is many times better than any of those ridiculous beard pills.

You are going to learn about how to use Rogaine for facial hair growth, how this drug works to stimulate the whiskers to grow, and how should you go about applying it to your face.

We go over the possible side effects, methods of supercharging its effects, what the stuff is about, and the mechanism of how minoxidil really works in activating the dormant beard follicles.

If you combine Minox with androgen optimization, you are going to see faster results; guaranteed. This is because beard growth is regulated and triggered by these hormones, and if your levels are high, minoxidil is able to shuttle more of them to the facial hair follicles.

To increase those hormones naturally, there’s no better way than to read through the A-Z course on natural testosterone optimization called; the TestShock Program by Chris Walker.

Another amazing resource that teaches you how to use nutrition to skyrocket the androgenic hormones, is called The Man Diet by Chad Howse, and he is currently giving away the first 1,000 copies of the updated book for free.

Of course, I will also showcase you some of the most impressive minoxidil before after results in this article, and what is the best Rogaine/minox routine for getting that stubble of yours growing.

Quick facts:

  • Rogaine is a scalp-hair loss drug, FDA-approved & prescription-free.
  • Hundreds of anecdotal reports suggest that Rogaine can be used on facial hair.
  • A clinical study from Thailand showed that minoxidil 3% lotion grew facial hair.
  • Most people see best results after 3-12 months of minoxidil use.
  • Minoxidil has side effects. Always stick to the recommended dosage.

So buckle up and let’s get at it. ↓

What are Rogaine and Minoxidil?

bearded man teachingIn 1950, The Upjohn company (currently known as Pfizer) started experimenting with oral potassium channel openers to treat ulcers.

After years of studies, they noticed that the potassium channel opener they formulated did not cure ulcers, but instead acted as a potent vasodilator.

Their compound lowered blood pressure, improved circulation, and enlargened blood vessels.

Upjohn then picked the most promising of the 200+ formulations, named it Minoxidil, and eventually received permission from FDA, to further experiment with the compound to treat people with high blood pressure.

After this, Dr. Charles A. Chidsey from the University of Colorado was ordered to run human trials on Minoxidil to see how effective it was at reducing blood pressure, much to his surprise, he noticed that minoxidil had a “side effect” of rapidly increasing hair growth all-around the body.

Puzzled by this, he contacted his fellow researchers and asked if it would be possible to turn this drug into a topical liquid and test as a medication for hair loss or male-pattern baldness.

After years of further experiments, the Upjohn company had proven without a shade of doubt that topical their formulation could be used to regrow hair in men. With their new-found proof, Upjohn started producing the drug in a topical solution branded as Rogaine.

Rogaine was later made prescription-free by the FDA since Upjohn had amassed so much safety data from their years of trials with the compound. This gave many men easy access to the drug.

Other brands of minoxidil exist too, such as the Kirkland 5% solution which works just as well, it’s just not as popular as Rogaine, which was the first and original to appear on the market.

How Does Minoxidil Work Exactly?

vellus hair to terminal hair transition

To the date, it hasn’t been known for sure what is the actual mechanism of action behind the effectiveness of minoxidil. The only things proven are that it’s a potassium channel opener which can stimulate blood circulation in the hair follicles and that it can increase the prostaglandin E2, which can stimulate the facial hair follicles.

(Note: castor oil also increases PGE2 and that is likely the reason it has been linked to hair thickening effects).

With the improved circulation, minoxidil is able to shuttle more androgenic hormones and nutrients into the root of the facial hair.

Since the androgenic hormones; testosterone and DHT fuel beard growth and the transformation from thin unnoticeable vellus hairs into thick terminal hairs, using Rogaine to supply more male hormones to the roots of the facial hair follicles, is likely one of the reasons it’s so effective for facial hair growth.

Minoxidil, through a process called hyperpolarization of the cell membrane, also causes increased hair follicle size, larger hair shaft diameter, and encourages the facial hair to move from resting phase to the active anagen beard growth stage.

This enhanced shifting from the resting phase to the growth phase is also behind what is called “the minoxidil shedding phase”, where the old thin hairs drop out of the skin “tubes” to be replaced by a new, stronger hair shaft.

To understand minoxidil shedding phase; look at the image below, you are not “losing” the hairs, the follicles simply shift into new – stronger and thicker – anagen phase. ↓

human beard growth example

What makes Rogaine different from many other hair-loss products is that minoxidil is not hormonal.

Finasteride and other DHT-blocking scalp hair-loss medications can reduce beard growth by blocking dihydrotestosterone (the master hormone behind facial – but NOT scalp – hair growth).

Minoxidil (Rogaine), on the other hand, works topically by stimulating circulation and has no suppressive effects on hormones such as testosterone or DHT.

Can Rogaine be Applied to Face for Beard Growth?

man with thick full beard“Can I really use Rogaine on my face” is the big question. Can you literally buy some Minox, apply it to the facial area, and over-time grow a beard in spots that it wasn’t growing before?

The answer is a resounding; yes.

The active ingredient of the “hair-loss drug” doesn’t care whether you apply it to your scalp, chest, arms, facial hair or even eyebrows (yes, some people make their eyebrows bushier with Rogaine).

Minoxidil will, regardless of where you put it, slowly stimulate the growth of new hair on any area of the skin where there are hair follicles.

And we do have hair follicles all-around our face (before you were even born, you had follicle structure for full beard), for some men they are just not active and don’t produce that thick terminal hair.

Minoxidil – by causing significantly higher amounts of hormones and nutrients to be delivered to the follicles – stimulates these previously non-existent hair deposits to become alive again and in the process, helps to activate some dormant androgen receptors.

(Sidenote: Have you ever asked yourself why Asian men struggle to grow facial hair? It has to do with their genetics. The Eastern Asian population – along with native Americans – have a higher number of androgen receptor copies, causing less-sensitivity towards hormones overall).

“So seriously, can I use minox or rogaine on my beard?”

Yes. Although it’s sold to be used for scalp-hair loss, thousands of men have gone and tested it on their facial hair area, with auspicious results, posting stellar minoxidil beard progress pictures (more proof about those below).

There’s even a clinical study from Thailand, which proved that 3% liquid solution of the drug was able to significantly increase new beard growth when applied to face1, so the evidence is not all anecdotal.

Results from a study using 3% minoxidil solution for beard growth in Thailand.
As you can see, 3% solution led to a staggering 1328% increase in hair count of the sample areas in comparison to the guys using a placebo lotion. Moreover, this wasn’t a small study either; the result is an average of 48 patients during a 16-week study. The researchers write; “In conclusion, minoxidil 3% lotion is effective and safe for beard enhancement”.

Rogaine for Face: Before and After Proof

Man with patchy beard on his cheeks using minoxidil before and after results.

At this point, you’re probably still skeptical about this and questioning whether there is any proof that minoxidil/rogaine can be used on the face. Which is good, being a healthy skeptic saves you from much trouble in life.

However; there are hundreds of before/after pictures from all around the World where men have gone and tested if Rogaine, Kirkland, or other brands of Minox could cause facial hair growth.

I have looked around on several forums and websites, and in nearly all cases, people report that minoxidil after use of 3-12 months has resulted in significant growth of new facial hair, as well as thickening of the existing hairs.

There’s a high chance that you can grow a full-beard with minoxidil even to almost entirely hairless face.

Below is one of the most impressive minoxidil beard results to date:

3-panel before and after testimonial from Asian man who used minoxidil on his face.

What Brand of Minoxidil to Use and How?

bearded man thinkingMany people swear by the original 5% Rogaine solution but I recommend Kirkland 5% minoxidil for beard growth.

Rogaine is almost twice as expensive due to being the “original brand”. Regardless, they both have 5% of the active drug in the same propylene glycol carrier agent. Kirkland brand is cheaper and works identically.

To help you choose, we made this quick comparison table. ↓

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
$44.27
$75.41
$115.90
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
$44.27
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
$75.41
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
$115.90
Prime Status
-
Where to Buy

The recommended dosage of minoxidil is 1-2ml twice per day to the area where you want to increase hair growth. For beard growing purposes use 2ml in the morning and 2ml in the evening.

After applying minoxidil, it’s recommended that you do not wash your face for the following 4-hours to let the solution absorb and work its magic in the hair follicles.

Minoxidil foam vs liquid for beard growth, which is better?

It’s down to your preference. Foam is often better for guys who have really sensitive skin and/or get reactions from the carrier agent (propylene glycol) but with that being said, most men attest to the topical liquid solution being slightly more effective.

However, be extra careful that the solution you buy doesn’t have any DHT-blockers or other “hair growth boosters” in there. Although lowering DHT may help on scalp hair, it will reverse the hair growth on your beard area, as the facial hair is hormonal hair and needs testosterone and DHT to grow.

For example, there’s a product called “Hair Restoration Laboratories Ultra”, which looks like 5% minoxidil, but in reality is also chock-full of DHT blockers like azelaic acid and saw palmetto! You want more dihydrotestosterone for the beard, not less.

Minoxidil Side Effects for Facial Hair

side effect labelMinoxidil was first used as a drug for lowering blood pressure. Because of this – it can when absorbed through the skin – cause some symptoms related to lower blood pressure.

However, these symptoms are often exaggerated by companies selling beard vitamins and other beard growth supplements to steer people away from rogaine and into using their oils and whatnot.

In reality, when you use recommended dosages of minoxidil 1-2 times a day to such small area as the chin and cheeks, the change of getting any noticeable side-effects (except that your mustache, goatee, and sideburns may grow faster) is meager.

Dry skin underneath the facial hair seems to be the only common issue most people have, and it can be easily combated with moisturizer, and if you have some beard already, beard oil and/or beard balm works too as part of a broader beard maintenance and health routine.

(For a full list of the known side effects of Rogaine, take a look at WebMD.)

 Note Minoxidil is uniquely toxic to some pets, especially to cats, who can die from it if they ingest or come in contact with just minute amounts of the drug. There are many reports of people who used Rogaine and then had their cat die soon after. So if you’re a pet owner, always wash your hands properly after applying the liquid, never apply it in the same room with animals, and most importantly; wash your face properly before going to sleep, as your cat might be licking your pillow without you noticing.

 

Harmless side effects that can occur on higher dosages include:

  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Water-retention
  • Swelling of ankles

However, discontinue use and tell your doctor if you get any of these:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain or palpitations

Generally speaking, minoxidil is one of the more safer drugs, which is why even the FDA has ruled it to be prescription-free, and available from any market or online.

How to Apply Minoxidil on Face

minoxidil applied to mans beardThe use is rather simple, and not messy at all if you do it right. This is the best minoxidil beard routine to follow:

Step #1 – Wash your face and if you can; exfoliate it, this helps the pores retain more of the active ingredients and reduces the number of dead skin cells blocking the hair follicles. If you have some growth already, brushing the beard is a good way to exfoliate the skin underneath. If your face dries easily, I suggest you use dexpanthenol moisturizer after the face washing.

Step #2 – Suck in 1-2ml of Rogaine to the dropper that is usually inside the cap. In most cases, there is a line indicating the correct amount (in mine it’s roughly at the middle of the dropper). Then slowly drip the solution all over your facial hair area, and either apply with your fingers or the dropper to spread it across the facial hair area in circular motion.

Step #3 – Much debate rages online about how long you should keep minoxidil on your face. I’d say leave the Rogaine to the face for at least 4-hours. According to Ferry et al. this is the average time it takes to absorb 75% or more to the hair follicle2.

Step #4 – Wash your face again, dry, and use a moisturizer, this is especially important if you are prone to getting dry skin, as minoxidil WILL dry up the skin as the carrier liquid is similar to alcohol. I recommend using dexpanthenol cream before and after the use.

What Sort of Results Should I Expect?

man with mustacheMost people don’t see any significant changes in the first month or two. And most of the results showing before the three-month mark tend to be only increased amount of thin vellus hairs on your beard area.

Somewhere during 3-6 months in people report relatively significant changes, and they keep saying these to still occur even after a year of continuous use.

Even after a year of use, people tend to report new hairs popping up on the upper cheeks, chin, and upper lip from using Rogaine.

What if I quit using Rogaine or Kirkland, does minoxidil beard fall off?

No. There have been many people who grew full Minox beards, then stopped using the liquid, shaved, and still grew facial hair just as well.

It appears that the beard growth caused by minoxidil is indeed permanent for the majority of the guys, provided that they use it long enough to convert their thin vellus hairs into thick androgenic terminal hairs before quitting.

Once you’ve activated the hair follicles to grow terminal hair, that will not magically stop even if you’d stop using the minoxidil solution.

The speed of the hair growth might slightly slow down, and the rate of NEW hair on the face might slowly seize, but the fact is that you will not lose the hairs gained from Rogaine.

All-in-all, minoxidil is easily the single most effective method to increase beard growth rate naturally.

Here’s a video from an inspiring Youtuber and the forefather of minoxidil beards – Basik Ali Coe – who covered his full journey with minoxidil. I highly suggest you subscribe to his channel.

(and no, this is not me although we share the same first name).

How to Supercharge the Results

vitamin smoothies with fruits and vegetablesNot many people know this, but you can easily supercharge the results you get from Minoxidil.

Of course, diet is essential, and you may want to take a look at this article of facial hair promoting foods to add some DHT and T boosting foods to your arsenal.

Then there are the fundamental lifestyle factors such as; sleeping enough, limiting stress, eating enough calories, not hammering down alcohol, staying at low body fat, and lifting heavy weights.

(All of which give you more testosterone and DHT, leading to better facial hair growth).

Not to mention the three magic bullets that pair perfectly with minoxidil:

  • Dexpanthenol cream which dissolves sebum and creates a super hydrant absorbent surface to the facial hair area. Use it 10 minutes before applying minoxidil, and again after 4+ hours when you wash it away.
  • Dermaroller which can be used occasionally on the face to cause small punctures, which the body then rushes to repair with fresh nutrient and hormone-rich blood, as well as increased collagen protein and keratin delivery to the follicles.
  • High-quality Multivitamin the single best supplement for your beard is a multivitamin. Forget the poor-quality “beard supplements” like Vitabeard or Beardilizer which are nothing more than 2$ worth poor quality supplements with a massive price tag. Instead get the Thorne Research 2-per day multi that is chock-full of well-absorbing nutrients for a fraction of the price.

Add these tricks to your minoxidil beard routine, and I can guarantee that you will be growing massive amounts of new beard in no time (well, in 6-12 months more likely).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long do I need to use minoxidil on my face?

Answer: 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.

Q: Can you shave while using Rogaine?

Answer: 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.

Q: Will the facial hair fall off if I stop applying minoxidil/rogaine?

Answer: 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!)

Q: How often do I have to use minoxidil on my face to grow a beard?

Answer: 1ml once per day is enough, but 1-2ml 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.

Q: How long should you keep minoxidil on the face?

Answer: 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.

Q: Can I use Tugain 10% minoxidil for the beard?

Answer: 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.

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minoxidil beard infographic

Conclusion Using Minoxidil to Grow a Beard

Minoxidil is perhaps the most effective beard product to boost the growth of new facial hair whiskers.

If you have a patchy beard, it’s one of your best methods of fixing that. And if you can’t grow a beard at all, Rogaine, Tugain, Kirkland (whatever you choose to use) is – after beard transplants – the most effective method.

Minoxidil has been clinically proven to work on the scalp, and anecdotal evidence from years of people using it on forums has confirmed that it also works on the face and is relatively safe to use for beard growth purposes.

The best type of minoxidil to use is Kirkland (or Rogaine but it’s the same stuff, only more expensive), for better absorption and prevention of dry skin, it’s recommended to use dexpanthenol cream before applying the solution. For more information about the above, check out the Minoxidil Beard Wiki.

1.
Ingprasert S, Tanglertsampan C, Tangphianphan N, Reanmanee C. Efficacy and safety of minoxidil 3% lotion for beard enhancement: A randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study. J Dermatol. 2016;43(8):968-969.
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Ferry J, Shepard J, Szpunar G. Relationship between contact time of applied dose and percutaneous absorption of minoxidil from a topical solution. J Pharm Sci. 1990;79(6):483-486.
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26 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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).

  8. 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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