Does Rogaine work? Our in-depth Review.

I’m not going to beat around the bush with this Rogaine review. I’m going to tell you straight up that Rogaine works, period. It’s an absolutely essential treatment if you want to have any chance of getting your hair back. It’s FDA-approved as well, so you know that you’re not buying some snake oil that might do more damage than good.

How does minoxidil actually work? 

Minoxidil, the active ingredient, is a “Potassium Channel Opener”. It has been clinically proven to stimulate hair growth in men that are suffering from hair loss. These trials are absolutely legit, they’re not the misleading kind conducted by the company selling the product.

What can I expect?

rogaine-foamYou firstly have to understand that you will not bring back the hair you had as a teenager. While there are some men that respond absolutely brilliantly, chances are that you won’t be able to get that rock star hair you’ve been dreaming about. Despite this, it’s very likely that Rogaine will make a noticeable cosmetic difference.

Personally, Rogaine has changed my life. It sounds a little extreme but considering how much I used to worry about hair loss, this statement is true. My hair is a lot thicker than it used to be and with the right thickening hair wax you can’t see that I’m suffering from male pattern baldness. I’ve even regained some hair along the hairline that I’d basically said goodbye to a long time ago. My story is common and a simple search on Google will get you countless testimonials. Some guys respond better than I did, so there’s every chance that you’ll get a significant amount of your hair back.

Will Rogaine work for me? 

The guys that complain that Rogaine does not work are usually too far gone for any treatments to be of use. When you ask “does Rogaine work?” in the forums, the negative responses will be from guys that are already beyond saving (generally speaking, or they just expect too much). This is why I always stress the point that you must act quickly once you realise you’re losing your hair. By the time it’s noticeable visually, you’ve already lost 50% of your hair density. It’s therefore important to jump on treatments early.

Rogaine will only work if you still have a bit of hair left in the first place. Thinning hair usually responds very well to treatment, but if you have a completely bald head your chances are far reduced. Nevertheless, it’s worth trying! Just don’t expect any miracles. Make sure you’re aware of the Rogaine side effects as well.

How do I decide if I should start treatment? 

rogaine-liquidI decided to start Rogaine after reading all of the positive testimonials that I found online. I was further put at ease when I read that it’s an FDA-approved product. Nevertheless, I also checked with my GP just to make sure that it was safe to use and that I had no other health issues that might be causing my hair loss. There’s always a small chance that thyroid issues or temporary shock loss due to stress are causing your hair fall, so it’s always worth checking.

Rogaine is otherwise perfectly safe to use and most people don’t experience any side effects whatsoever. Those that do experience side effects will see them disappear once treatment is discontinued, so you don’t have much to worry about. I’ve written a section on Rogaine side effects if you’re interested in the exact risks involved. The NHS website also has a good section on Rogaine (called Regaine in the UK).

Rogaine Side Effects – Know the risks

minoxidilRogaine is one of the top treatments for hair loss prevention and regrowth. Let me firstly state that personally I’ve never experienced any side effects with Rogaine. It’s likely that you won’t either.

However, every treatment for any condition out there will have potential side effects and minoxidil is no different. The official Rogaine website is worth reading as it gives you the side effects that they are legally required to list.

In the list below I’ve compiled the side effects that are officially listed, as well as those I have found through other medical sources. You should read over these very carefully just so that you know the risks involved.

Scalp dryness and itching 

Minoxidil only works alongside an alcohol base, so it’s not surprising that there is a risk that the treatment will dry out your scalp. Luckily, Rogaine have alleviated this issue by developing Rogaine foam. This treatment is far superior and easier to use compared to the liquid version. I’ve switched over to the foam as it doesn’t dry my scalp at all and I experience no itching. Nizoral should also help you combat this.

Dizziness and rapid heartbeat

This one usually happens when you don’t follow the instructions properly. Using more Rogaine will not grow your hair faster. However, it might lead to a temporary rise in your heart rate and maybe some dizziness as well.


Headaches seem to be the number 1 side effect associated with the use of Rogaine. If you do experience this, it should be a solitary occurrence. Should you get them after every use, then it’s worth consulting your GP and stopping treatment.

The puffy face effect! 

Some guys on forums have reported that they get a puffier face when using Rogaine. I’ve not seen this personally nor have I experienced it, however it seems to be a common enough complaint that it’s worth mentioning here. Nevertheless, it will stop after you discontinue treatment and chances are that this will not happen to you in the first place.

Other Rogaine side effects 

rogaine-foamOther than the most common ones that I’ve mentioned above, there are very rare reports of other effects of the drug. These include allergic reactions, chest pain, skin rashes and tiredness. Some even say that their hands and feet swell during the use of Rogaine. Some have even complained that it works too well, in that they get extra hair in unwanted places such as the body and face! Again, I have to stress that I’ve never actually talked to anyone that has actually experienced these!

I hope that this article has been useful to you. It’s always worth knowing the exact risks involved before jumping on any treatment. I always recommend seeing your GP as well if you want that additional assurance that the treatment is right for  you. While it’s very unlikely that you will experience them, you have to be informed. Even if you are one of the unlucky ones, stopping treatment will also put an end to any side effects. Unfortunately, this also means that you will lose any hair that you have gained from using Rogaine!