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Minoxidil and inflamation - advice needed


#1

Hi,

as I have posted here before some months, I had been using for years a solution of minoxidil and a mild corticosteroid (0.025%) prescribed by a doctor.

My results have been quite modest, but I didn’t want to risk any more with cortisone. Moreover, many of you advised me that it is not beneficial (except against inflamation) and that it could eventually worsen hairloss (my case is aga not autoimmune)

So I continued with minoxidil (5%) only. The problem is that 2 days after my scalp turned red, flaky and i had the first massive shed ever. I was affraid and return to my previous combination of minox and cortisone that never had given me inflamation, not now.

I would like to ask you what else could i use togeter with minoxidil (and as a mixture preferably) to avoid inflamation?

thank you very much for one more time


#2

» Hi,
»
» as I have posted here before some months, I had been using for years a
» solution of minoxidil and a mild corticosteroid (0.025%) prescribed by a
» doctor.
»
» My results have been quite modest, but I didn’t want to risk any more with
» cortisone. Moreover, many of you advised me that it is not beneficial
» (except against inflamation) and that it could eventually worsen hairloss
» (my case is aga not autoimmune)
»
» So I continued with minoxidil (5%) only. The problem is that 2 days
» after my scalp turned red, flaky and i had the first massive shed ever. I
» was affraid and return to my previous combination of minox and cortisone
» that never had given me inflamation, not now.
»
» I would like to ask you what else could i use togeter with minoxidil (and
» as a mixture preferably) to avoid inflamation?
»
» thank you very much for one more time

I have the same question.Hope somebody will answer us.


#3

Well, it’s always the same song. Does your scalp get irritated from minox itself or rather from the solvent (propylen glycol is known to be a noted irritant). Given that the latter is way more probable, the solutions are in limited number:

  1. either change the vehicle, that is ethanol+ppg. Then try the foam form.
  2. or cope with the standard form and then the ONLY solution is to moisturize your scalp with powerful oils. I think this would require an oil bath at least every other day, leaving it sit for an hour before washing. I personally use many irritant skin formulations on my face, wich I can bear only if inbetween, I use argan oil, rose hip oil, etc. I guess the same goes with the scalp where alma oil and coco oil (even castor oil) are known to be efficient.

#4

Hi,
Though scalp irritation is usually due to PG, it can occur due to minoxidil itself in a smaller number of patients.

Either a foam can be used or a preparation containing butylene glycol with minoxidil can be used which does not cause scalp irritation.

Source -
Medical treatments for male and female pattern hair loss
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Volume 59, Issue 4 (October 2008)

But whether this preparation is available in the market ---- I dont know.

» Well, it’s always the same song. Does your scalp get irritated from minox
» itself or rather from the solvent (propylen glycol is known to be a noted
» irritant). Given that the latter is way more probable, the solutions are in
» limited number:
» 1) either change the vehicle, that is ethanol+ppg. Then try the foam
» form.
» 2) or cope with the standard form and then the ONLY solution is to
» moisturize your scalp with powerful oils. I think this would require an oil
» bath at least every other day, leaving it sit for an hour before washing. I
» personally use many irritant skin formulations on my face, wich I can bear
» only if inbetween, I use argan oil, rose hip oil, etc. I guess the same
» goes with the scalp where alma oil and coco oil (even castor oil) are known
» to be efficient.