The ongoing trend for full facial hair styles has spurred many men into seeking out ways to make their beard grow thicker. One product, the hair loss medication minoxidil, has captured the attention of those aiming to achieve these particular results. In this blog, we investigate whether it is a good option for those who desire denser facial hair growth.
What is minoxidil?
Minoxidil is a medicine that was first developed in the 1970s. It was originally being tested as a treatment for high blood pressure when the researchers discovered that it caused excess hair growth. They realised that this unintended side-effect could make it into useful treatment for baldness. After over a decade of studies and trials, it was approved as a hair growth treatment for men in 1988 and for women in 1991.
Can minoxidil be used to improve facial hair growth?
Minoxidil can promote hair growth wherever it is applied on the body. This has led many men to try applying it to their faces to boost their beard. While there are numerous online forums with users providing positive feedback on their experiences with the medicine, it may not be the best solution. It is important for anyone thinking of applying minoxidil to their beard area that it is approved only for use on the scalp, not on the face. There are no major clinical studies to support its use in growing beard hair, nor is there sufficient information about possible side-effects. Another point to note is that the medicine must be used every day. When treatment stops, any results obtained will gradually reverse.
Are there alternatives to using minoxidil?
Instead of using minoxidil, men who want thicker, fuller facial hair growth might want to consider a beard hair transplant. The experts at Vinci Hair Clinic explain that this type of surgery utilises grafts of the patient’s own hair to improve facial hair density and fill out any patchy areas. The transplanted hair blends with the normal beard hair growth and can be styled or shaved according to individual preferences. The results look completely natural and are permanent, with no need to use medication or specialist treatments.