For any hair loss treatment to be very effective, one must know the main active ingredient and the other substances present in that treatment. This is very important because you can get an idea how that treatment will work on your hair loss problem as well as the possibility of you experiencing side effects during the period of use.
If you are having problems facing hair loss, you may have to consult your physician about it. One of the non-prescription treatments that you can use to treat hair loss or alopecia is Rogaine. If you are a man wanting to treat your thinning hair line or hair loss on the top of your scalp, Rogaine for Men is what you need.
There is also Rogaine for Women. The difference between these two is the concentration of the main ingredient. Rogaine is the first ever approved hair loss treatment by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and hence, one can say that it is effective most of the time.
Rogaine comes in two forms, foam and solution. In using Rogaine, you have to keep in mind that this is a treatment for hair loss and not a cure. Results of using Rogaine may surface after four months for men and a year for women. Since this is an over-the-counter treatment, you have to routinely use it and integrate it into your hair care regimen. As directed, Rogaine must be applied to the affected area in the scalp twice a day and must be first treatment to be applied onto your hair. The clinically-tested Rogaine ingredients make it possible for this to be effective.
Purified means free from bacteria and additives and meet the FDA standards. This water undergoes varying stages of purification.
The glycerin works to protect the skin and permits the foam to penetrate smoothly.
This lactic acid is known to the cosmetic industry that moisturizes dry skin and in the removal of the dead skin cells.
There are various emollients used in Rogaine foam such as cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and polysorbate 60. These substances work to give the product some bulk and lubricant.
Example of excipients are alcohols. They act as inert carriers or the main ingredients. This means that this substance will not interact or react to the actions of the main ingredients.
The propylene glycol acts as humectant, carrier, preservative and stabilizer. In Rogaine, it stabilizes the solution of the main ingredient and the alcohol. This is also inert in nature.
Examples of preservatives added to Rogaine are Butylated Hydroxytoluene or the BHT and citric acid. The BHT acts as an antioxidant.
If you are using Rogaine foam, these substances are present in order to propel the foam you need out of the container. Examples are isobutene, butane and propane.
2% Minoxidil or 5% Minoxidil
These two are the main ingredients in Rogaine for Women and Rogaine for Men. Minoxidil is a vasodilator attacking the hair follicle. The mechanism on how hair growth occurs is still unknown.