Minoxidil Beard from Regaine helps stimulate and promote beard growth? Around every second, man suffers from weak or patchy beard growth, and the demand for beard growth products is increasing.I am sharing my experiences after using Minoxidil Beard!
The Regaine Minoxidil Beard is used to stimulate beard growth and promote beard hair growth in the appropriate places. Especially in men who have no or a patchy beard, the minoxidil combined with a derma roller can increase beard growth.
In my scientific beard growth experiment, I get to the bottom of the secret of the beard. I report on my personal experiences with the different methods and approaches to stimulate beard growth.
Stimulate and promote beard growth with minoxidil
My goal is clear: meaningful content confirms a positive effect of minoxidil and microneedling on beard growth.
This scientific article should show you whether the beard restorer combined with a Dermaroller can promote beard growth.
Since many men suffer from sparse or patchy beard growth, the demand for an effective beard restorer is exceptionally high.
That is why the production and sale of supposed miracle drugs are very lucrative.
However, the sale of chemical substances and nutritional supplements can lead to devastating health problems.
Allergic reactions, hair loss, and other diseases are not uncommon.
There is also a lack of a general overview of all the products on offer, their effectiveness, and their disadvantages.
Long-term studies and accessible experiments can significantly reduce this problem.
To do this, there has to be an independent platform that collects and publishes all information – a platform like mine.
Problem with beard growth
The internet is full of disinformation and myths about beard growth.
The fact is, this false information can do nothing and even harm your health.
Promoting beard growth is a phenomenon that more and more young men are confronted with. Images of flawless beards on the Internet and especially on social networks such as Instagram lead to envy and poor self-esteem.
I feel that the subject is not being brought up often enough and getting very little attention.
The discussion on the Internet and forums only focuses on selling products to you as a reader or how a beard can be cared for.
The broad spectrum of this topic is not recognized, and the problems that arise from it are not taken into account.
From the statements outlined here, the question arises whether beard growth can be promoted without accepting any loss of health. Which remedies are effective and how men should deal with them where no treatments produce a positive effect.
First of all, my article will focus on creating a perspective about promoting beard growth with minoxidil.
The challenge here is to test the means without other influences, identify problems, and provide appropriate solutions.
The objective of the experiment with minoxidil
This scientific experiment is mainly devoted to how beard growth can be sustainably promoted and what problems arise from it.
Building on this work, other ideas should be developed and implemented.
To meet the requirements of sustainable beard growth, the issue at hand must be dealt with.
In particular, the perspective of health protection should receive more attention here.
The aim of this experiment will be which aspects should be taken into account, what effect the minoxidil has, and what conclusions can be drawn from it.
The experiment to promote beard growth and accelerate the growth rate was started on March 1st, 2020.
The age of my test subject is in their early 30s, with some gaps in the beard on the cheeks and occasionally in the neck area.
Depending on the age, it can be assumed that the beard growth is essentially complete, and the effect of a beard growth agent can be better determined.
Due to the age range, beard growth is different in every man.
For this reason, I have included other independent test subjects of different ages in the statistics so that a direct comparison is possible.
This research experiment is based on the experiences of more than 50,000 users from the beard growth community on Facebook.
Membership in the community made it possible to establish good contact with the interest group without much effort.
Individual data were collected from the community and presented visually. Particular questions from users were also listed and answered in writing in this work.
To better document the mode of action of Minoxidil, I limited myself to this beard restorer and the derma roller in this experiment.
The procedure ensures that the mode of action is easier to understand.
Information on minoxidil for more beard growth
According to the manufacturer, Regaine Minoxidil men’s foam is applied to the scalp of men between 21 and 49 years of age when they suffer from inherited hair loss.
Nevertheless, the minoxidil is considered an effective beard growth agent in the beard community – although the manufacturer nowhere mentions the beard.
The effect on the beard is verifiably confirmed in numerous articles and on video platforms such as YouTube. That is why this remedy was of primary importance for my experiment to promote beard growth.
In this work I want to research whether minoxidil can promote beard growth. I tested Minoxidil myself and summarized all the vital information.
Minoxidil Regaine Ingredients:
Ethanol, butylated hydroxytoluene (Ph. Eur.) (E321), lactic acid, citric acid, glycerol, cetyl alcohol (Ph. Eur.), Stearyl alcohol (Ph. Eur.), Polysorbate 60, purified water.
Propellant gases: propane / butane / 2-methylpropane.
Note: Possible risks and consequences from Minoxidil
I can put myself in the shoes of men who would like to have a beard.
Nevertheless, out of a healthy sense of responsibility, I must and want to mention in the first place that every intervention in human nature is associated with risks and can have consequences for health.
That is why I say here in no uncertain terms: There is no beard in the world worth risking your health.
You should discontinue specific methods and remedies at the first negative sign.
If you should decide to repeat one of my experiments at your own risk, then you should follow my example and discontinue your project if you do not tolerate it.
Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using any beard growth product.
How is Minoxidil used adequately on the beard?
In my study, the minoxidil is applied directly from the can to a cotton swab.
Since the foam that emerges is absorbed into the skin very quickly, this measure had to protect one’s own hands.
Alternatively, you can use suitable silicone gloves for your use, although many men entirely forego any protective measures – I would not recommend that to you.
Recommended use by the manufacturer:
- Wash and dry your facial skin before use.
- Remove the protective cap and hold the container with the spray head vertically downwards and only then actuate the spray head – this ensures that all of the contents can be used up.
- Apply a little of the foam (max. 1 g per application) to a cotton swab or your fingers.
The small amounts on the cotton swab are massaged into the skin of the face in the appropriate places with light pressure and circular movements. This ensures that a large part of the foam is absorbed by the skin and not by the whiskers.
- After use, you should wash your hands or dispose of the cotton swab appropriately to avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.
Close the can after each use and store it in a dry place up to a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius.
- You repeat this process in the morning and the evening with a maximum of 1 g of foam per application – this is a maximum of 2 g of Minoxidil foam per day.
When is it not recommended to use it?
The manufacturer clearly states that NO use should be made if one of the following cases applies:
- Allergic reaction to minoxidil or any of the above ingredients in the drug.
- If there are signs of cardiovascular disease or cardiac arrhythmias.
- If other drugs are used on the skin.
- Use of agents for the treatment of high blood pressure (antihypertensive drugs).
Sudden or uneven hair loss.
- Since my test person does not suffer from any of the points listed here in the experiment, the minoxidil was used over the entire test phase.
Side effects of minoxidil
Minoxidil is a medicinal product and is very well tolerated when applied locally. Nevertheless, there may be side effects when using it, which I will briefly address.
If you suffer from any of the following symptoms and ailments, you should stop treatment with Regaine Minoxidil and consult your doctor – you may need urgent medical treatment.
Due to a lack of studies and data, the frequency of the symptoms is not known and may vary depending on the person or may not occur at all.
Nevertheless, I consider it essential to keep this data in writing.
The following information is taken from the enclosed leaflet.
Swelling of the face, lips, or throat may make swallowing or breathing difficulties. These indicate a severe allergic reaction.
Hypersensitivity reaction with symptoms such as general itching, widespread skin rash, and tightness in the throat.
Other side effects of the Minoxidil beard sorted by frequency
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
- a headache
- high blood pressure
- Dry skin and flaking
- Weight gain
- Increased hair growth on the face
- Itching, redness, and rash
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the arms and legs
- Skin irritation such as stinging / burning
Uncommon (may affect more than 1 in 100 people):
- a headache
- high blood pressure
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated due to a lack of data):
- Contact dermatitis
- Depressive mood
- Eye irritation
- Accelerated heartbeat
- Low blood pressure
- Blistering and ulceration
- Administration site bleeding
- Temporary hair loss
- Chest pain
If you notice one or more of the side effects listed here, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist.
However, this also applies to side effects that are not specified.
Method and application of minoxidil to stimulate beard growth
For our experiment, three ×, 60 grams of Minoxidil from Regaine were used. A complete can (60 grams) should be used up entirely per month.
Thus the duration of the experiment with minoxidil was a full three months.
A daily application to the corresponding areas on the face took place in the morning and the evening. A cotton swab was used to avoid direct contact with the hands.
The dosage instructions indicate that 1 g of minoxidil should be applied to the relevant area – this corresponds approximately to the volume of half a protective cap (lid).
In no case should you exceed the amount of 2 g / day?
I didn’t weigh the exact amount and instead relied on the skin’s feeling of satiety. It was estimated that no more than 2 grams of foam per day were used here.
What is expected of the minoxidil?
Daily use in the morning and the evening is intended to promote the test person’s beard growth sustainably.
New whiskers should grow in the gaps in the beard and thicken them. These gaps are located on the left and right of the cheeks, partly under the chin and along the neckline.
It is also hoped that the application will create an even connection between individual regions such as the mustache and chin.
After the daily use of Minoxidil has ended, the whiskers should become terminal and no longer fall out. Only then is the positive effect of Minoxidil on beard growth considered to be confirmed.
My Minoxidil review for more beard growth
The experiment was started on January 5st, 2021, and lasted a full three months until April 31st, 2021.
It doesn’t easily estimate how long the application must occur before the beard growth has fully developed.
In my research, there are significant differences in the duration of action – see statistics below.
Here you will find a short status report for each month and what changes I have noticed in my beard growth and well-being.
For documentation, four pictures were always taken from different perspectives of the affected areas on the face.
The recordings were always made at the beginning of the following month and therefore represented a full four weeks of the effect of Minoxidil.
Beard growth with minoxidil in the first month
- The minoxidil was applied to the affected areas daily in the morning and evening. This procedure took place continuously and without interruptions using the method I described.
- Already in the first week, new whiskers (vellus hair) became visible on the cheeks. The solid structure has not yet developed, and the color pigments are missing.
- The beard is still groomed with the help of a beard trimmer. To better follow the progress, this was reduced to 1.1 mm every week. An impairment or promotion of the beard growth after the trimming process could not be determined.
- In the 4th week, it was noticed visually that no new vellus hair had grown back. For this reason, from the second month onwards and the use of Minoxidil, an additional micro-needling cure with a 0.5 mm dermaroller took place.
Beard growth with minoxidil in the second month
From the 5th week onwards, the initial method of using minoxidil was retained. Occasional dropouts occurred here, and the agent was sometimes only applied to the relevant areas once a day.
- The treatment with the 0.5 mm Dermaroller should stimulate the blood circulation in the skin and ensure that the minoxidil is better absorbed. For this purpose, the derma roller was used every three days.
- According to numerous recommendations from the beard community, the minoxidil was only applied 4 hours after microneedling.
In the 2nd month, increased beard growth – downy hair and isolated terminal hair – was found in different places.
- Also, the whiskers fell out in other places, such as the mustache, cheeks, and neck area.
- The loss of (beard) hair is explained in the instructions for use as a natural process. This phase is also commonly referred to as “shedding” and is also familiar to the beard community – about 2 to 3 weeks after the shedding phase, the beard hair slowly grew back.
- The skin became noticeably drier, and flaky skin formed unless the CeraVe Moisturizer was applied.
- The general condition of the beard can quite well be called fuller and denser – especially in the neck area. In addition to the use of Minoxidil, the use of a derma roller seems to promote beard growth – you can read more about my experiences with micro-needling in the further course of the text.
- Beard growth with Minoxidil and Dermaroller in the third month
In the third month, the whiskers fell out more in the cheeks, and new gaps formed – the shedding phase does not seem to have been overcome. For the recording, the beard was trimmed to 1.4 mm to show the progress better.
- It seems as if the whiskers have become a little thicker in isolated places and also grow faster. The neck area, in particular, looks much thicker and fuller, as the previously fallen hair can quickly grow back here.
- The daily use of Minoxidil leads to the fact that the skin becomes increasingly dry. This is counteracted by increased use of moisturizers.
- The skin seems to have got used to the derma roller for the most part, and it is used without any significant stimuli. However, this leads to increased pressure and slight inadvertent bleeding.
Side effects when using Regaine Minoxidil.
During the use of Minoxidil, isolated complaints and the side above effects were perceived, documented here.
What remains to be said is: In my experiment, the symptoms cannot be wholly related to Minoxidil.
Here only the complaints after the direct application are documented, and a cause is assumed.
- Beard dandruff: A well-known problem with the use of minoxidil is the dandruff it creates. The beard restorer dries out the skin, and flakes of skin form on the face. This problem can be easily remedied with a facial moisturizer or beard oil. I decided to use the rich CeraVe moisturizing cream for this purpose – daily use is recommended. You can read more about using beard oil in my other article.
- Headache: Mild headache was noted immediately after using Minoxidil for the first week. This passed after a relatively short time – about 20 minutes. From the second week and for the rest of the time, no more headaches were perceived after the direct application.
- Palpitations: The first two weeks were decisive as to whether the experiment with minoxidil should be continued. A rapid heartbeat, numb arms, and dizziness were noticed in a few days, but whether it was due to minoxidil remains challenging to determine. In the third week, the symptoms subsided, and the application continued.
- Skin blemishes: The subject’s skin was considered flat and mostly clean before the application of Minoxidil. During the use of Minoxidil, occasional defects formed on the face can also cause poor diet. I assume a slight intolerance because, over time, these complaints also disappeared and did not reappear in the further course.
Ear hair: During the application, care was taken to ensure that no minoxidil was applied to the body’s wrong parts. Nevertheless, we recorded an increased growth of the ear hair.
- Nose hair: As with the ear hair, the growth of the nose hair also increased significantly. However, this problem was quickly eliminated with a nose and ear trimmer. In the further course, the change seemed to normalize again.
For a detailed list of all complaints and a proven connection through Minoxidil, further research is necessary, not within my time and financial possibilities.
How quickly does minoxidil absorb foam?
Minoxidil is absorbed into the skin very quickly. Research shows that most of the remedy is interested in 30 to 40 minutes.
Afterward, it is possible to wash your face or to the go-to sport.
I can confirm that the Regaine men’s foam is absorbed into the skin within a few seconds from my experiment. What remains is a light film on the skin, which has completely disappeared after half an hour.
What Happens If There Is Too Much Minoxidil?
Overdosing on Minoxidil is not recommended and will not necessarily lead to better results. Beard growth cannot be stimulated any faster with an overdose.
If too much minoxidil is used, headaches, palpitations, and numbness in the limbs can result.
You can find different possible side effects from my article.
Is the minoxidil foam or solution better for the beard?
For my experiment, I preferred the Regaine men’s foam, which is the most common method of promoting beard growth.
In the beard growth community, I have also noticed that most men use the faster-absorbing foam variant.
A difference in the mode of action is not assumed. I will use Kirkland’s liquid minoxidil later and share my experiences in a new article.
Can Minoxidil be used after the derma roller?
The minoxidil can be used with a derma roller after the treatment.
However, it is recommended to wait at least 4 hours before applying the minoxidil to the skin. Otherwise, it will cause an uncomfortable burning sensation.
If the Minoxidil is applied too quickly after micro micro-needlingased side effects can be assumed.
Some doctors estimate the likelihood of a heart attack to be very high if the minoxidil is applied with the derma roller immediately after use.
Can you shave your Minoxidil beard or not?
The rumor has spread that the new whiskers must not be shaved off. This is a false claim with no scientific evidence.
It is advisable to trim your beard to absorb the minoxidil into the skin and not the hair.
My study has shown that regular trimming did not negatively affect beard growth.
How long is the shedding phase?
There are no known studies on the shedding phase. Here I can only make one answer based on my observation and the statements from the beard community.
The shedding phase does not occur over the entire board. Much more, this phase of hair loss runs through a period of 1 to 10 months. The hair falls out in certain places and usually grows back within two weeks.
For some men, the hair loss phase on the beard was utterly absent.
It should also be noted that the man loses hair all his life, and it grows again.
Does Minoxidil make whiskers lighter again?
The instructions for use mention that when you stop taking minoxidil, hair falls out or becomes lighter.
I couldn’t observe this experience.
Many other men also report that the whiskers did not get lighter / thinner after minoxidil.
Does beard hair fall out after using Minoxidil?
In my experiment, the minoxidil whiskers did not fall out after I stopped using the product.
In the interviewed men in Figure 8, I also did not find any evidence that proves a loss of the whiskers that have been grown up.