Alternative to Minoxidil
What is the safe alternative to minoxidil for treating hair loss?
Hair loss is a lot more common than many people think. Around two thirds of men will experience some form of hair loss by the age of 40, and that figure rises even further by the age of 50. For women, around 50% experience some stage of thinning hair by the age of 40. Hair loss is a common issue, and without a cure, it's not about to go away any time soon.
Minoxidil is the only topical treatment that is medically approved for androgenic alopecia, or more commonly known as male or female pattern baldness. Minoxidil, sold under the brand name Regaine/Rogaine among many others, is a medication used for the treatment of bloody pressure and pattern hair loss. It is available as a topical liquid or foam.
Minoxidil has shown to be effective in treating male and female pattern baldness, to some extent, but it can also give negative side-effects, some of which can be severe, therefore, many men and women often seek safer alternatives to treat hair loss.
Is keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) Serum a safe alternative to minoxidil?
One of the most popular topical alternatives to minoxidil is keratinocyte growth factor (KGF). KGF, also known as FGF7, is a growth factor present in the epithelialization-phase of wound healing. During the repair phase, keratinocytes are covering the wound, forming the epithelium. KGF is a small signalling molecule that binds to fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b (FGFR2b).
In relation to hair loss, KGF plays an important role in the growth and development of hair follicles. KGF's repairing properties, and growth enhancers, help the prevention of hair fall, and support the function of normal hair growth. More tests are needed in order to establish KGF's true effectiveness, and to make it a medically approved treatment for hair loss.
As a treatment for hair loss, KGF is most commonly used as a topical application, usually in serum form. HR23+® Scalp Therapy Serum uses a key blend of 43 ingredients, including KGF, saw palmetto, biotin, pumpkin seed oil, and MSR, to help prevent hair loss and support hair growth, and even regrowth. The serum combines hair growth promoters with some key extracts and additives that have been found to lower androgen levels.
How to stop male hair loss without minoxidil?
Many hair loss sufferers believe that minoxidil is the be all and end all of treating hair loss, but that simply isn't true. There are safer options to take, which can be effective for treating thinning hair. What many people fail to realise is that minoxidil is NOT a cure for hair loss. It is a treatment, and therefore it does not come with any guarantees. Like with any drug, results will vary from person to person.
Minoxidil is not always effective, and many users only experience minor results from the medication. This is why minoxidil is seen as a high risk treatment, because you're risking your health for something that is not guaranteed to work. KGF serum is a safe alternative that can be effective, without the risks of the negative side effects. Like minoxidil, though, KGF is not a cure for baldness - it's just a safer alternative.
Can minoxidil be taken with KGF?
To avoid potential negative side-effects, many men and women seek safe alternatives to medical hair loss treatments. However, some people choose to use minoxidil in lower quantities (like once a day, rather than twice a day). This does not stop the risk of negative side-effects, but it does reduce the risks, somewhat. A question we often get asked is; can minoxidil be used in conjunction with HR23+® Scalp Therapy Serum? The simple answer is, yes, it can.
HR23+® Scalp Therapy Serum is a safe formula, therefore it does not pose any risks of major negative side-effects. Taking HR23+® Scalp Therapy Serum with minoxidil is safe to do. This could be an option if one is prepared to lower their usage of minoxidil. HR23+® Scalp Therapy Serum only needs to be used 3-4 times a week, whereas minoxidil needs to be used twice daily.