Minoxidil Label Facts
Better Results: Strength vs. Amount
There are two strengths of minoxidil available without a prescription: 2% and 5%. The 2% is found in original minoxidil and the 5% is found in extra strength minoxidil. The potency of minoxidil 5% has been shown to be more effective in treating male pattern baldness. In one clinical study, 5% minoxidil was significantly superior to 2% minoxidil after 48 weeks of therapy in terms of change of hair count. The data indicated that the response to treatment occurred earlier with 5% compared to 2%.
On the label, it states: "Hair regrowth has not been shown to last longer than 48 weeks in large clinical trials with continuous treatment with 5% minoxidil topical solution for men." It is important to know that the treatment must be continued indefinitely to maintain results, as any hair gains will be lost if the patient discontinues the drug. The directions state to use 1 mL dropper on the scalp two times per day directly on the scalp where the hair loss is occurring.
The label also states, "Using more or more often will not improve results." With this said, we are left to assume that Minoxidil only provides better results by using a higher strength of the solution (5% opposed to 2%) and that by applying more than directed of either 2% or 5% will not increase results.
Minoxidil Works On Certain Parts of the Scalp?
On minoxidil labels, it states that it will regrow hair on the top of the scalp (vertex only) and says to see pictures on the side of the product carton. When reviewing the pictures, it clearly shows the crown area only. Many labels continue to state that minoxidil is not intended for frontal baldness or a receding hairline. On some labels it actually states, "Do not use if your amount of hair loss is different than that shown on the side of this carton or your hair loss is on the front of the scalp. Minoxidil topical solution is not intended for frontal baldness or receding hairline."
Considering the label instructions are quite clear to keep your hands washed and to not apply to other parts of the body, it seems reasonable that minoxidil can grow hair on other parts of the body besides just the vertex of the head. This makes the label confusing for many consumers. There are other countless testimonials that state the topical solution of minoxidil indeed helped grow hair on the front of the scalp and aided with receding hairlines.
In conclusion, minoxidil 5% works better than minoxidil 2%, yet neither provide better results by using a higher amount or by using it more often than directed on the label. Minoxidil also can be used to treat the entire head for hair growth and not just the vertex area. There are all-natural alternatives to minoxidil that are clinically proven to produce similar results. These natural hair growth products have zero side effects, unlike prescription hair loss drugs.