Review updated after Lipogaine minoxidil products are gone from Amazon in June, 2016.
For Lipogaine lovers, it is heart broken to see that Lipogaine minoxidil products (Lipogaine for men, Lipogaine for women) are no longer available on amazon, because nowhere else is as convenient as Amazon. For those who never used Lipogaine products before, you can't help thinking if Lipogaine is legitmate.
Why Lipogaine was removed from Amazon is everyone's guess. There is no recall
Dr. Richard Lee made a cocktail with minoxidil and finasteride in it 10 years ago. According to the clinic experience, it worked a lot better than minoxidil alone at the same strength. The results are similar or even better than using the same strength of minoxidil together with oral finasteride pill (1mg).
Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring substance that studies have shown to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase in human skin. 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone into dihydrotestostrone (DHT), accumulation of which in scalp is believed to be responsible for the male pattern hair loss. Inhibition of this enzyme by azelaic acid can reduce the concentration of DHT in scalp and therefore stimulate hair regrowth. Azelaic acid can be found in many prescription acne medications. Azelaic acid is added to minoxidil solutions because it has different mechanism of action in preventing hair loss. Finasteride is a synthetic chemical; it is one of two
This is a long article. It covers almost any inforamtion you need to know about minoxidil. The first part is 30 frequently asked questions about minoxidil (Minoxidil FAQ). The second part is a prefessional review on minoxidil: topics including (1) how minoxidil was discovered; (2) how minoxidil works to grow hair; (3) How different concentration of minoxidil affect the effectiveness; (4) minoxidil side effects, etc, and more.
Part I. 30 Frequently Asked Questions about Minoxidl.
1. What is Minoxidil?
1. What is 15% minoxidil?
Answer: It is not quite clear if Dr. Richard Lee, a Los Angeles based dermatologist, was the first person who compounded 15% minoxidil hair loss growth product. He was for sure the one who made this formulation popular. It is the highest concentration of minoxidil solution that has ever been made. There was 20% or 30% minoxidil cream mentioned somewhere, but I haven’t seen such high concentration in solution yet, although technically 20% and 30% minoxidil in solution can be compounded. In the 15% minoxidil solution, 15% weight of the solution is minoxidil. In another word, if you have one milliliter of the solution and dry it out, you