Regaine Foam is a well-known treatment to help combat hair loss. In this article, we will look at how Regaine works, how to use it and what you should know before you do.
The Stages of Hair Loss
Hair growth occurs in 4 stages. During the Growing phase, hair follicles are actively producing hair. The Transition phase slows hair growth and shrinks the follicle, while the Resting phase marks the end of hair production. During this phase, the hair is detached from the follicle, meaning a new hair can be produced once the Shedding phase is complete.
In some forms of hair loss, the hair follicles are locked into this “resting” phase, meaning that hair will no longer be produced. As more and more follicles enter this resting phase, hair grows thin. In turn, this can lead to the follicle dying off after no longer serving its function.
How it Works
Regaine’s active ingredient, minoxidil, is a vasodilator. Minoxidil works by encouraging the blood vessels in the scalp to expand, providing more blood and nutrients to resting hair follicles, which can help encourage new growth of hair. It can also stimulate active follicles, meaning hair is thicker and stronger.
Please note, this may lead to other hair follicles being activated, and can lead to an increase in shedding hair after the first use. This is temporary; many of these follicles are simply preparing for a new hair growth cycle.
This means that Regaine can not only reduce the appearance of this hair, but can also cause regrowing hair in some cases. 8 out of 10 men who have used Regaine said they noticed an improvement in hair regrowth and hair loss.
Types of Hair Loss
Primarily, Regaine is used to help treat hereditary hair loss (male pattern baldness /androgenetic alopecia). Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) is one of the most common forms of hair loss. AA affects between 30-50% of men aged 50 or older.
Regaine can also be used to help treat other forms of hair loss, although it may not be as effective.
How Simple Online Pharmacy Can Help You
Here at Simple Online Pharmacy, we stock two Regaine products; Regaine for Men and Regaine for Women. Essentially, these products are very similar; the version marketed towards men is stronger (5% foam and solution, vs 5% foam and 2% solution), as men tend to suffer from more hair loss than women. You may also see the Men’s variation marketed as “Extra Strength Foam”.
The Women’s formulation may cause users to experience less side effects, such as hair growth on non-head areas. It may also be less irritating for some users, particularly those with sensitive skin.
How To Use Regaine
Regaine is fairly simple to use – make sure your scalp is clean and dry, then apply 1ml of solution or half a capful of foam. Massage the product into the scalp and hair, then allow it to dry completely. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after using Regaine. Repeat this twice per day (morning and night).
Take care not to allow the foam to make contact with areas other than the scalp. Your skin contains many inactive or small hair follicles, and Regaine may cause them to become much more active.
Regaine Side Effects
Like any medication, using Regaine can come with some side effects. The most common side effect is headaches; as you are increasing the blood flow to the scalp, your body may find the adjustments difficult to deal with at first. Similarly, others report itching and dermatitis, as the skin on their scalp is not used to the treatment.
As mentioned above, this product can also cause hair growth on non-head areas, such as facial hair in women. This is normally caused by some of the solution of foam running once applied, and activating the follicles in the areas it touches. Take care when applying Regaine, and make sure to rinse any non-scalp areas thoroughly if they come into contact with the foam or solution.
In some cases, patients have reported allergic reactions to one or more of the ingredients. Before use, please read the Patient Information Leaflet, in particular the ingredients. If you have an unexpected allergic reaction, seek urgent medical advice.
How Long Does Regaine Take To Work?
On average, Regaine takes around 3 months of treatment before effects are noticeable. Each treatment set will last for roughly 30 days (one month), meaning that purchasing a 3 or 6 month supply may be better value.