Minoxidil v. Aminexil: Comparing Hair Loss Ingredients
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There are many products available on the market to treat hair loss but choosing one can be very difficult. Some of the most popular products have the same ingredients and it can be hard to determine which products will work best for you. Two of the most common ingredients in hair loss products are minoxidil and aminexil, which are both topical treatments to stop the loss of hair and regrow hair. Here are some similarities and differences between the two ingredients to help you decide which may work best for you.
How are Minoxidil and Aminexil similar?
Minoxidil is most commonly used in combination with aminexil to increase the effectiveness of hair growth products. They are both used to restore hair on the vertex of the scalp, or the upper part of the head. Both ingredients have been used to increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, thus increasing hair growth. They are both also most effective for men and women with androgenic alopecia, or hereditary hair loss.
While minoxidil and aminexil are often used together, there are some products that only use one ingredient or the other. Here are a few differences to keep in mind when choosing a product:
Minoxidil has been proven to regrow hair on the top of the head. It is most commonly used in solutions in either 2% (for women) or 5% (for men) and is usually applied two times a day, for four hours at a time. Minoxidil was originally used as a blood pressure medication when the side effect of hair regrowth was discovered due to the increase in circulation.
Aminexil is a more recent discovery that has been used commonly in shampoos for hair loss prevention. It has been found to prevent the hardening of the hair shaft and collagen buildup around it. Those in the early stages of hair loss may see the best results from an aminexil product, whereas those with advanced stages may see no results at all. Many people who experience side effects from minoxidil products may also see results with aminexil products. Using both minoxidil and aminexil together may provide the best results for those with any stage of hair loss.
Hair loss can be a difficult and devastating experience for both men and women. Fortunately, there are many choices of hair loss products for those who think a topical treatment could work for them. Keep these ingredients in mind when choosing a product that’s right for you.