Rogaine for Beard Growth – Does it work?
The question is can you use Rogaine for beard growth? Yes. Rogaine is used most often to help with hair growth so it’s only natural that it would also work for growing out facial hair.
If you’re considering using Rogaine for beard growth but are concerned about its effectiveness or side effects, read on.
What is Rogaine?
It’s a medicine meant to stimulate hair growth when applied topically. What medicine is it? Rogaine is actually a brand name of the drug Minoxidil. Minoxidil is the main ingredient in Rogaine and for the most part, you can consider them the same thing. Kirkland Minoxidil is another brand of Minoxidil. But, it’s not nearly as popular as Rogaine is.
There are a few different types of Rogaine you can get. One is a foam that you can spread on your face and the other is a liquid you spread on. It comes down to personal preference on which kind you should get. One difference is that with the liquid you can more easily measure out the 1ml dosage. Many men report that the foam version reduces the dry skin side effect.
There are also a number of different strengths of Rogaine/minoxidil too. 2% and 5% are common. And the higher the strength the more effective it will be at growing hair.
Does Rogaine work for beards?
Do beard growth products work? This is the big question. And the answer is yes, it works. So many men have gone from no beard growth to a full beard using Rogaine. You can find a success story just about anywhere with men who have grown facial hair. It’s effective and safe. There are side effects which I have listed below but, Rogaine is a great tool to spur beard growth.
How do I use Rogaine for my beard?
You use it the same way you’d use it on your scalp. Spread on the correct dosage listed in the directions twice a day. Leave it on for at least 4 hours before you wash it off.
It’s important to use it every day to get results. If you choose not to use it daily then you risk losing all of your progress so far. That’s because Rogaine takes time.
Should I shave to make it grow faster? No.
Who should use Rogaine for beard growth?
It’s typically used for growing hair. So, if you’re having trouble growing facial hair, you may want to use Rogaine for beard growth.
There are a lot of beard growth products available such as beard supplements and beard growth serums. I’d recommend those two to people who are growing beards but, have trouble with the thickness of their beards.
I‘d recommend Rogaine to anyone who has trouble growing a beard. If you have no hair growing on your face, a thin beard, or patchy spots, Rogaine is definitely worth a shot. If you haven’t already try these things to start, I’d recommend doing them before trying out Rogaine.
How long does it take to work?
It depends on the person. It could be anywhere from a few months to a couple of years. I know, a couple of years seems like an extremely long time. Not everyone’s beard will take this long. But, due to genetics, your beard may take a long time to start growing. A lot of men experience results very quickly (after just a few months). Even if it does take a while, two years is a small price for an awesome beard for the rest of your life.
Once your facial hairs have developed into terminal hairs, you’ll have a naturally growing beard forever. You won’t need to use Rogaine for beard growth anymore.
What Rogaine product do you recommend?
There are a few different minoxidil products available but, I recommend the two most popular ones. The Rogaine is a foam 3 month supply and the Kirkland Minoxidil is a liquid 6 month supply. Both of them are the 5% minoxidil versions.
Will I lose beard hair using Rogaine for beard growth? Will my facial hair fall out?
If you use Rogaine long enough for your vellus hairs to develop into terminal hairs it will grow naturally without the Rogaine.
This is a common question. And yes, your facial hair will shed. But, it’s a natural part of the growing process. When your facial hair starts shedding, it means new hairs are going to start growing in those spots. Your facial hair won’t fall out for no reason.
This isn’t because Rogaine is ineffective or is causing it to fall out. Your hair will naturally shed as it grows out and turns from vellus hairs into terminal hairs which are more permanent. When your beard sheds, it’s replacing the old hairs with new ones.
If you experience hair falling out after quitting rogaine, it’s the underdeveloped vellus hairs that fall out. These are the non-permanent weaker hairs. The reason it can take so long to work is we need to use Rogaine until the vellus hairs develop into terminal hair. Terminal hair will continue to grow even after you stop using Rogaine.
What are Rogaine side effects?
The most common side effect of using rogaine for beard growth is dry skin and/or skin irritation. This is easily remedied with a moisturizer like a beard oil to maintain a healthy beard. You have to wait 4 hours after applying Rogaine to use beard oil or wash your face though. Rogaine won’t be as effective if you don’t wait the 4 hours for it to absorb.
There are other side effects as well such as a headache, chest pain, fast heartbeats, skin rash, and becoming light headed. Some of these more serious side effects like fast heartbeats and chest pain are typically caused by improper use. For example, “doubling up” on hair growth products or using Rogaine on any injured skin (like sunburn) that increases how much Rogaine is absorbed.
I recommend you follow the directions on the label closely and if you experience any serious side effects, speak with your doctor.
Rogaine may also cause the hair on other parts of your body to grow more rapidly. It cannot cause hair to grow where there are no follicles so you don’t have to worry about furry fingertips or anything like that.
Does Rogaine mess with hormones?
Many hair loss treatments inhibit the production of certain hormones. One hormone that they typically inhibit is the production of Dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is a natural hormone produced by testosterone and as such is typically noted as a sex hormone but, it has many other benefits that help with daily bodily functions. Muscle gain, hair growth, etc. One that is particularly important to us is beard growth.
The reason many hair loss drugs inhibit the production of DHT is that it is linked to hair loss. How so? Many men with hair loss have higher levels of DHT. But, correlation does not imply causation.
Rogaine, in fact, does not inhibit the production of DHT.
Be careful with pets if you choose to use Rogaine
Rogaine/Minoxidil is very harmful and actually very toxic to animals, especially cats. Although it’s uncommon, pets have died due to minoxidil. So I urge you to be cautious when using it if you have a cat. Specifically, if you use it at night and go to sleep. Don’t let your cat near the pillow you use.
Things to try before using Rogaine for beard growth
Rogaine can be incredibly helpful for those who are having a difficult time getting their beard to grow. That said, I think it’s best to exhaust all options available (if you haven’t already) before you decide to jump into using a drug with side effects. Here are a few things to start with:
Beards come with age
Wait until after 25. Men who are very young should give their bodies plenty of time to fully develop before using Rogaine. If you are under 25 I would wait a few years. Plenty of men aren’t able to get full beard growth until after 25. For those with patchy beards, they can start to fill in a little better with time.
Let it grow out
If you’re only at the one month mark, you should give it another couple months to grow out. Beards don’t grow at the same rate everywhere. You might have a few patchy spots that take a little longer to fill in.
Eat a healthy diet full of nutrients
Put away the cheeseburgers, cake, beer, and soda. Not only do those foods lack the nutrients your body needs but, they actually hold you back.
There are a number of vitamins and minerals your body needs for beard growth and bodily function. So pack your diet full of healthy fats, complex carbs, and complete proteins. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, beans, chicken, beef, fish, and olive oil. Remember that balance is key.
If you’re having trouble getting all of the healthy foods in, you can always take a beard supplement in the form of a multivitamin. Some of them are pretty cheap!
Make sure you drink plenty of water too!
Get plenty of sleep
When you sleep your body grows and repairs. This is an excellent time for our beards to grow.
Studies have shown that sleep deprivation decreases beard growth. The hormones that your body generates and protein synthesis are decreased. Our hair is made of proteins so you can see how this might not work out well for growing a beard.
How long should I sleep a night? 7-9 hours is what you should be getting. The more the better. But, I know it’s not easy to get that much.
Exercise helps decrease stress. That alone helps your body with growth and improves your health.
If you’re like me and sometimes have trouble falling asleep, working out will improve your sleep drastically. It’ll be much easier to hit those 7-9 hours of sleep we need to get.
Take care of your skin!
Exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oil build up from your face. You’ll help avoid pimples and ingrown hairs by exfoliating.
You don’t need to do it daily but, make sure you’re scrubbing your face gently with a washcloth. Once you start to develop a beard you’ll want to do the same thing to your beard but with a brush. I recommend this boar bristle beard brush perfect for exfoliating with a beard. But, do not brush the beard while it’s wet. Make sure it’s only a little damp or dry to avoid pulling out your facial hair.
Use a good face wash with no harsh chemicals as well. This beard shampoo is designed to keep your face and beard clean without causing irritation.
You may want to use beard oil to keep your skin and beard healthy, moisturized, and soft. Dry irritated skin can impede your beard growth.