Minoxidil (Rogaine) comes in a few different formulations. Learn why you might choose a foam or a liquid delivery system.
Choosing between minoxidil foam vs. liquid? We've got your back.
If you’re looking for hair loss solutions, chances are you’ve heard a lot about Minoxidil (aka, the active ingredient in Rogaine).
This foundational hair loss treatment has been around for quite a while. Back in 1988, Minoxidil was approved by the FDA as a safe and effective topical hair loss treatment.
Today, this treatment comes in a few different forms. You can use this product as a foam, or a liquid solution. Both versions come in 2% strength and 5% strength.
There are also prescription formulas that combine Minoxidil with other powerful ingredients.
With all these options, it’s hard to know which is best for you.
In this article, we’re going to explain the difference between foam and liquid Minoxidil formulas so you can choose the best course of action.
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Minoxidil is a hair loss product that helps to stimulate new hair growth. When used on the scalp, this product can help treat male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) and female pattern baldness.
It is thought to work in part by increasing blood circulation in the scalp which helps to stimulate hair follicles.
Minoxidil is safe to use for both men and women.
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So which form is going to show the best results?
In truth, this comes down to how you use the product (stay consistent, folks) and your personal preferences.
Here are a few things that you might want to consider when making the choice:
1. Personal sensitivities
The first version of minoxidil was the liquid solution.
The foam version was actually created because users were sensitive to the propylene glycol that is used in the liquid solutions.
Propylene glycol is a common solvent ingredient in cosmetics, but it can cause scalp irritation.
The foam alternative does not include propylene glycol.
If you know your scalp to be sensitive or if you have a history of contact dermatitis, the foam version might be best.
2. Ease of use
Both the foam and liquid solutions have pros and cons. Some people prefer to use foam because it’s dense, you can hold it in your hands and disperse it widely.
Others prefer the liquid solutions because of the precision of the pipette.
If you’re only focusing on a small area, the liquid might be easier for you.
However, liquid solutions are more likely to drip and get on areas of the skin where you don’t want hair growth (oops).
Heavier options like foam or gels will reduce this likelihood.
3. How it will make your hair look
If you’re using minoxidil throughout the day (as opposed to at night,) you might also worry about how the product looks while in your hair.
Some people find the liquid version to look greasy while on the hair.
The foam might be best to use during the day. Gels (yes, that's an option too) sit pretty nicely in the hair.
To avoid this issue altogether, we advise using minoxidil at night while you’re asleep and wash it off in the morning.
Now, if you’re feeling a bit better about the foam vs. liquid question -- it’s time to start thinking about the strength.
Minoxidil comes in 2% and 5% formulas. Some studies show that higher concentrations of minoxidil are the most effective for hair growth.
In a 2002 study researching strength effectiveness, researchers found after 48 weeks, the group using 5% minoxidil had 45% more hair growth vs. those using 2% minoxidil. Researchers concluded by stating the 5% was significantly superior to the 2% topical minoxidil.
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There really is no one form of minoxidil that is more effective than the other.
Foam vs. liquid really comes down to your personal preference and hair loss situation.
However, research shows that 5% minoxidil formulas are more effective than 2%.
Here at Strut Health, our physicians offer online hair loss treatment. We offer 5% or higher minoxidil and finasteride gels or solutions formulas as well as Finasteride or Dutasteride oral medications for men.
Strut Health is a digital healthcare clinic dedicated to offering easy to access, cost-effective treatments for everyday health problems. When it comes to hair loss, we work with both men and women to help them regain their confidence and restore their locks.
If you’re interested in our unique hair loss treatments, complete a questionnaire-based online doctor's consultation to see if our formulas are right for you. If our doctors find this is a good fit for you, we’ll ship your prescription hair loss treatment right to your doorstep.