Which is Better Hair Loss Treatment: Minoxidil With Retin-A or Without Retin-A?

November 9th, 2009

Q: Is using Minoxidil combined with Retin-A better than regular Minoxidil for Hair Loss?

A: Minoxidil has been prescribed (off-label) in combination with other medications, such as topical retinoic acid (Retin-A), to enhance its penetration into the skin and thus increase its effectiveness. This combination of medications can increase the absorption of minoxidil into the bloodstream and may increase the risk of potential side effects, including changes in blood pressure and scalp irritation. It is important to use combination therapy under the supervision of a physician.

If person wants to add Retin-A to the minoxidil regime, the Retin-A should be applied only once a day, since the Retin-A will bind to the skin and will last for at least 24 hours.

Applying Retin-A more frequently will not increase its effectiveness (in facilitating the absorption of minoxidil); it will only increase the incidence of side effects. Retin-A can be applied to the scalp at the same time as Minoxidil, or by itself.

Explore the pro’s and con’s of Minoxidil — also known by its over-the-counter product Rogaine — at the Rogaine/Minoxidil page or by viewing posts tagged with Rogaine (minoxidil).

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Posted by Robert M. Bernstein M.D. on November 9th, 2009 at 4:48 pm


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