How Does Rogaine Work?
In addition, Topical minoxidil lotion only seems to work on active hair follicles still capable of producing some hair. Therefore, the real benefits of Topical minoxidil is maintaining the hair you already have or helping your hair to slow down from thinning. Topical minoxidil’s success depends on how advanced your hair loss has become. In other words, Rogaine cannot grow hair on completely (slick) bald scalps or in the frontal hairline areas. It has been found to be somewhat effective in maintaining or growing hair in the crown area (the top back of the head). Most importantly, Topical minoxidil is most effective for delaying hair loss. For those with pattern hair loss, Rogaine seems to reduce the rate of hair follicle miniaturization, and can reverse the transformation of terminal follicles that produce full-size hairs into vellus follicles that only grow “peach fuzz”.
Overall, the results of treating hair loss were sufficiently impressive and Topical minoxidil became FDA approved it as a treatment for hair loss. Rogaine is one of the only proven hair loss medication options approved by the FDA for treating hair loss.