A lot of users who switched from Minoxidil liquid to Minoxidil Foam noticed increased hair loss and had to switch back to liquid minoxidil. People wonder why the liquid minoxidil works better than minoxidil foam. This is particularly puzzling given that clinical studies have showed the foam has better success rate than liquid.
We all know that 5% minoxidil works better than 2% minoxidil. That is because the amount of minoxidil matters. The more minoxidil the scalp absorbs, the better it works. Now let’s compare 5% minoxidil and 5% foam. With liquid, you can use a dropper to precisely deliver the solution to the area where you want to treat. Even if you have long hair, you can still manager to do that. That means most, if not all, of the liquid minoxidil will be absorbed by the scalp. On the other side, most of the foam product will stay on the hair and becomes wasted, because it does not even come to contact with your scalp therefore no way it will be absorbed.
One apparent advantage Foam has is that it dries very fast, which is probably the best selling point of the product. However, this is also a down side of the foam. Because the foam dries so fast, it does not even give enough time for the scalp to absorb the minoxidil. If the minoxidil is not absorbed into the scalp, how can it work?
Now why was Rogaine foam reported to have better success rate than liquid? That is because the criteria for being success in in the two clinical studies are different. It is like comparing with apples with oranges. The standards are different.
For those who want to a have a liquid 5% minoxidil that is clean and dries faster, Essengen-5 Fast dry is strongly recommended.
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