What is Regaine (minoxidil)?
Regaine is an effective hair-loss pharmacy medicine, which has been proven to reduce hair loss and encourage
hair growth. It has been proven to be effective for 60% of men. It is the first and only topical treatment licensed
for hair loss in the UK.
How Does Regaine (minoxidil) Work?
- Regaine (minoxidil) is the only over the counter medicinal treatment proven to help stop and even reverse hereditary
hair loss. It comes as a topical formulation, which needs to be applied to the scalp twice a day. The cycle of
hair growth undergoes three main phases: The growth phase, transitional phase and resting phase (when there is no
hair growth). Hair loss is caused by changes to this cycle, whereby more hair is loss than it is replaced. This
can occur when:
- more hair follicles enter the resting phase
- the resting phase lasts longer
- the growth phase gets shorter
Regaine works by stimulating hair follicles to move from resting phase to growth phase. It also increases the
length of the growth phase. The resting phase normally lasts 6 weeks in a healthy hair follicle. Therefore, it is
important to use Regaine regularly for at least that amount of time or longer in order to see results of hair
growth. Results may be seen within 8 weeks, and may take up to 16 weeks to show.
Regaine also dilates the blood vessels, allowing more oxygen, blood and nutrients to the hair follicle. This
encourages hair to grow. Regaine increases the diameter of the hair shaft, which encourages the thickness of the
follicles, so that hair growth is fuller.
Regaine has proven to prevent hair loss in 4 out of 5 men and re-grows hair in 9 out of 10 men. The foam application can be part of men’s everyday grooming routine as it is easy to use, it is unscented
and dissolves into the scalp quickly.
What is Male Pattern Baldness?
Male pattern baldness is a common condition, which affects over 6.5 million men in the UK.
Is your brush or comb raking out more hair than usual? And are you also noticing thinning on top or perhaps a
more pronounced hairline at the sides? Although it’s possible that this loss could be caused by a medical disorder,
prescribed medication, poor nutrition, bad hair care techniques or severe stress, in 95% of cases the cause is
hereditary – and is known as male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia.
In the case of hereditary hair loss, the genes and hormones in your body have a shrinking effect on your hair
follicles, making them ineffective at growing new hairs. Over time, the progressive shrinking of certain scalp
follicles leads to a shortening of the hair's growing cycle. Hair becomes thinner and shorter, until there is no
growth at all.
Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. Hereditary hair loss can be effectively treated using