Stemoxydine is a patented molecule by L'Oreal for hair loss treatment (see more detailed information about Stemoxydine here). Stemoxydine 5% was shown to stimulate hair regrowth in a small scale 101 subjects clinic study. L'Oreal stated that Stemoxydine is free of any side effects seen in minoxidil products. This sounds too good to true. Is it really true?
Here is our thoughts.
1. Like any minoxidil products, all L'Oreal stemoxydine products (including
Stemoxydine (aka, Diethyl pyridine-2,4-dicarboxylate) is a synthetic pyridine derivative. It affects some enzyme activities and creates a hypoxia environment to help stimulate hair regrowth. Our body is a very precise machine, if some of the enzyme activities are affected, it is very unlikely that it does not have any side effects. It is just a matter of how serious the side effects are, or whether they are reported or not.
Having said so, the side effects of stemoxydine product are sure to be different from those of minoxidil. So it is worthy trying a stemoxydine based product if you are allergic to minoxidil itself. Please note that ~ 90% of people who are allergic to minoxidil products are actually allergic to propylene glycol not minoxidil itself. Thus using a Minoxidil product without Propylene Glycol is probably a better option.
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