Welcome to Minoxbeard.com, hopefully a place that can help you get started with your minoxidil journey to better strengthen an already existing beard, or a non-existing one. Whether you are skeptical minoxidil can help you grow the beard you want or not doesn’t matter because hopefully by the end of looking through this website you will have all the questions you have answered. If you are wondering more about us, check us out.
What Is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil has been used for treatment of androgenic alopecia since 1987.
Androgenic alopecia is a genetic condition that can affect both men and women. Men with this condition, called male pattern baldness, can begin suffering hair loss as early as their teens or early 20s. It’s characterized by a receding hairline and gradual disappearance of hair from the crown and frontal scalp. Women with this condition, called female pattern baldness, don’t experience noticeable thinning until their 40s or later. Women experience a general thinning over the entire scalp, with the most extensive hair loss at the crown.https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/hair-loss/qa/what-is-androgenic-alopecia
In the early 1970’s, it was studied for the treatment of severe refractory hypertension, mostly because of its vascodiliating properties. Over those studies, it was found that around 1/5 of the participants under the oral treatment developed hypertrichosis, in other words an unusual amount of hair growth over their bodies.
Which, of course is the reason why a topical (applied directly to a part of the body) form of it was developed.
The Different Forms Of Topical Minoxidil
There’s two different types of topical minoxidil that is available to the public, one is suspended in liquid and the other is a foam. There’s pros an con’s of both, so let’s take a look at those.
Dries faster – Compared to liquid form, the foam dries a lot faster. A good average of drying time would be anywhere in between 10 minutes and 20 minutes.
Less dry skin – It’s a normal occurrence to develop dry skin when using minoxidil on your face, it just seems that using the foam variant reduces the amount of dry skin you develop.
Less side effects – This isn’t always the case, but for those who are sensitive to Propelyne Glycol (PG), the ingredient found in the liquid version will experience more side effects when it comes to inflammation, redness or itchiness. If you do not have a sensitivity to PG you will most likely not have any of those occur. If you don’t know if you have a sensitivity to it, than if you want to be safe about it than go for the foam version.
Price is higher – When it comes to buying minoxidil foam it is around 7-10 dollars more expensive compared to its liquid counterpart for a month supply.
Less accurate dosage – When you buy foam, it will dispense out an amount of foam that you can not accurately calculate.
Cheaper – Compared to foam, you can find a month supply of liquid minoxidil bottles for very cheap.
More accurate measurements – Another good thing when it comes to liquid is that it’s a lot more easier to accurately measure your doses. It’s recommended to apply 1mL twice a day and when you have liquid you are supplied with a dropper that has a line that marks the 1mL volume.
Faster results for some – Propelyne Glycol is an ingredient found in liquids that is used to suspend the minoxidil in it. The thing is its known that Propelyne Glycol is used throughout skin absorbent pharmaceuticals and topicals of all kind to penetrate the skin better.
Increased side effects – It’s been brought up by many that those who are sensitive to Proplyene Glycol would have more unwanted side effects, such as increased skin irritation such as itching, redness and inflammation.
Slower drying rate – Compared to foam, liquid usually takes around 15 minutes to 25 minutes, sometimes longer to fully dry a full 1mL dosing.
So when it comes down to it, it’s totally up to you. If you are a fan of what others have to say about it or more anecdotal evidence there is various topics done on Reddit’s minoxbeard subreddit. It’s totally up to you, both of them show great results. You just got to weigh the pros & cons of each, I will not tell you what to do with your money.
Where Can I Purchase Minoxidil?
When it comes to purchasing mass amounts (various months supply) you can most likely find your best choice on Amazon.
There’s a few big-box stores, such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens, etc. contain 1 month to 3 month supplies. I personally have bought a three month supply at Walmart, the Equate brand for $18.76 + tax. You could find it at: Walmart Brand Minoxidil
You can find it at practically every other big-box store, usually various kinds and months worth.
So What’s The Downsides To Minoxidil?
Well, like everything there is side effects. Usually present in the first one to two weeks of starting it, you can experience heart palpitations and lethargy (sluggish, tiredness). I cannot give exact amounts, this is mostly from reading an extreme amount of reports given by people who used it for facial hair use, not scalp use.
You shouldn’t use it if you have already existing heart palpitations or low blood pressure already. If you wish to start, it’s smart to talk to a doctor and see if any medication or pre-existing diagnosis may give you troubling reactions that aren’t too common. It’s always to be safe, rather than be sorry. Please know, none of this is medical advice and shouldn’t be taken as such.
How Do You Apply Minoxidil On Face?
Minoxidil, both foam an liquid is rather easy to apply. When you are using foam, just apply the recommended dosage it says on the box into your hand and rub it evenly across the area you wish to enhance your beard growth.
When you apply liquid, I think it’s easier to use the dropper and apply a few drops on a certain area and rub it around and continue til the full 1mL is used up.
How Many Times A Day Must You Apply?
It’s recommended to do it twice a day, doing it more than two times a day or using more than recommended will not do anything to help you increase the growth. If you are experiencing side effects, it may be easier to use it only once in the morning or at night until your body has built up a bit of a tolerance to minoxidil, and then increasing it to twice. Usually people will apply it an hour after they wake up, and then applying it 10-12 hours after that first application.
It’s recommended to wash it off 4 hours after applying it, because it’s said that in the first hour 50% of minoxidil is absorbed and 4 hours later around 75% – 90% is absorbed.
Avoid your eyes and mouth. If you accidentally get it in your eyes or mouth, rinse it out with water repeatedly. If you are worried about the amount, contact poison control: (800) 222-1222
How Long Should You Apply Minoxidil For Beard?
It’s recommended that you apply from 12 months to 24 months to make sure there is terminal growth all over. It’s been seen from people only using it for 4-6 months that they lose whatever gains they made over those previous months. There’s a few reasons for this, so it’s better to stay on it for 18 months, or longer for results that will stay for the rest of your life.
Dermarolling is usually done by professionals done in a professional setting by using a dermaroller over your face, but can be done by anyone just please be careful. The dermaroller has a bunch of uses, but I’ll go over the two main ones.
Dermaroller: An instrument that creates micro pathways in the skin.
Use 1: Better absorption of topical products. (0.25mm)
Use 2: Promote collagen synthesis. (0.5mm)
How long in-between sessions?
It’s recommended to wait between four or five days after dermarolling to do it again.
How long should you wait to apply Minoxidil after dermaroling?
- You can apply Minoxidil 5-10 minutes after dermarolling if you used a 0.25mm dermaroller for better absorption.
- It’s recommended to wait at least 18 hours, preferably a full 24 hours to apply Minoxidil if you used a 0.5mm dermaroller to promote collagen synthesis.
Should I Get Anything Else?
For people with dry skin, it’s important to get a moisturizer that doesn’t have a DHT blocker in it. In the minoxidil beard community, it’s recommended to get a moisturizer called Nivea Soft w/ Jojoba Oil & Vitamin E. It works phenomenally for those who experience a dry skin from minoxidil use. I recommend applying it at least once a day, at least 4 hours after applying the minoxidil to your face to not hinder absorption.
Tretinoin & Retinoids
There has been studies that show when someone is a non responder to minoxidil, that they lack the enzyme that converts minoxidil to it’s active counterpart, minoxidil sulfate. Which is what actually promotes the hair growth in the first place.
But they’ve shown that when someone lacks this enzyme, which is called Sulfotransferase, they are able to up regulate sulfotransferase enzymatic activity, in turn making those who were once not responding to minoxidil to actual responders in less than a week. If you are wanting to read more on this and the studies they’ve done to prove this then below are a few links that might interest you.
- There Is Hope For Non-Responders To Minoxidil? Yes!
- Experiment With Someone Who Isn’t A Responder To Minoxidil Using An OTC/Weak Retinoid
- How To Purchase Prescription Grade Tretinoin Online Without A Prescription & Cheap!
**It’s recommended to wait at least 6 months of daily minoxidil use to determine whether or not you are an actual non-responder, time varies between person and person. Just because you are not seeing very promising results and it’s been 4 months does not mean anything and should not discourage you, give it time. After a half a year of not seeing much growth, then intervening with tretinoin and retinoids may be the best bet for you.
Can Minoxidil Harm Animals?
It will be smart of you to refrain from letting this lay on the counter and made sure it’s hidden away in a cool drawer so cats or dogs or whatever animal you happen to have can’t get to it. Make sure after applying that you wash your hands well, or use gloves and dispose of them somewhere an animal can’t reach it. Do not let your animal lick your face until you wash it off 4 hours later, just to be safe.
How Can Minoxidil Help Beard Growth?
I wrote a pretty good article that will go over it a little more in-depth for you. It includes studies, if you are wondering. There’s a lot that supports hair growth on scalp, but unfortunately there is only a small amount done on minoxidil and facial hair growth.
Is There Definitive Proof Or Studies?
Fortunately yes, there is. There’s a page I dedicated to the studies people have published over the past few years that support the fact that Minoxidil can increase facial hair growth, not just scalp hair. You can check it out here:
It will be updated as necessary to keep it up to date with the newest studies.