Topical Spironolactone 5% For hair loss and acne
  • Maxogen-S topical spironolactone has the main effective ingredient spironolactone at 5%, a safe antiandrogen that can be used for both men and women. Maxogen-S is absorbed and metabolized rapidly. It only has local effect without any systemic effect. It can be used by both men and women.  Maxogen-S has additional ingredients  Retinol, Caffeine, and Copper tripeptide to enhance its effectiveness. 


    How to use Maxogen-S for hair loss?

    Maxogen-S is very simple to apply. Dab some on your fingertip and apply it to the scalp (try not to get it on your hair). You just need a thin film covering your hair loss area. The lotion is absorbed by your scalp very quickly.  You can use Maxogen-S on its own, twice daily. You can also use it with a minoxidil product like Essengen-5 NO PG Fast Dry, in which case it is recommended to use the minoxidil alone in the morning and use both Maxogen-S and the minoxidil product in the evening. In the evening, you can apply maxogen-S first and wait for half an hour before you apply the minoxidil product. Try not to use too much Maxogen-S. See the picture below for how much Maxogen-S you should use. 



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Topical Spironolactone Frequently Asked Questions
  • How Does Topical Spironolactone Work?

    Oral spironolactone has been used as a potassium-sparing diuretic since 1960s, marketed under a variety of brand names, including Aldactone, Novo-Spiroton, Aldactazide, Spiractin, Spirotone, Verospiron and Berlactone. It is often shortened as spiro. It was serendipitously discovered to reduce hair in female who had too much hair (hirsutism) in 1990s. Soon it was used off-label to treat female pattern hair loss by experts in hair loss field. It appears to be counter-intuitive that a substance can be  used to treat both excessive hair and hair loss at the same time. In fact, oral spironolactone works for hirsutism treatment by reducing the testosterone level (female with hirsutism have high male hormone testosterone); while it works as an effective hair loss treatment due to the same reason-- reducing testosterone level. As we know, female and male pattern hair loss is caused by excessive dihydrotestrone (DHT). Testosterone is a precursor for DHT. By reducing testosterone level, it lowers DHT level. In addition, spironolactone binds to DHT receptor of the hair follicles so DHT cannot bind to it and do any damage to the hair.


    Topical Spironolactone results:

    Sinclair et al performed a clinical study with 40 female taking oral spironolactone (200mg daily). It showed 88% of women receiving oral spironolactone either stopped the progression of their hair loss or saw improvement  [Reference 1].

    Carolyn et al did a retrospective study and found that 73% of the subjects (29 out of 39) with female pattern hair loss who received oral treatment (~110mg daily) reported stabilization or improvement of their hair loss  [Reference 2].

    Adamopoulos et al studied the effect of oral spironolactone in 4 young people (age from 19-23 year old) . The four people (two female and two male) took 100 mg spironolactone twice daily for 6 months. Results showed hair loss was reduced significantly and more hairs are in growing phase (anagen phase) in all 4 people. The study also showed a considerable degree of relapse post the treatment, which indicates the continuous use of spironolactone is necessary to keep the result [Reference 3].

    Although there is no official study reported in peer review articles to demonstrate how well topical spironolactone works, there is little doubt it works just as efficient as oral spironolactone. Hair loss experts have used topical spironolactone for hair loss treatment in women and men for long time. Dr. Richard Lee, a Los Angles based dermatologist, was probably the most famous one. He used it to treat his male and female customers for more than 10 years until his retirement.


    Spironolactone vs finasteride

    Spironolactone is a weaker DHT blocker compared to finasteride. Spironolactone can be used by both men and women, while finasteride is for men use only. 

    If you want to have a stronger DHT blocking product, you can consider topical finasteride such as Essengen-6 Plus, or Essengen-F.


    Topical spironolactone side effects? 

    Spironolactone is rapidly and completely metabolized in the skin and does not affect any other organ system. In about 1% of patients, a rash can develop. If this happens, the user should discontinue use of topical spironolactone. .


    What are the drawbacks to the use of topical spironolactone?

    Although topical spironolactone is pharmacologically one of the very effective topical treatments for male and female pattern baldness, there are inherent drawbacks, e.g. spironolactone has a disagreeable odor if it is not formulated right. We spent years of research and development to minimize the unpleasant odor. 


    What would be recommended to use with this product for hair loss treatment?

    If you want to use minoxidil with this product, you can buy any minoxidil product  we offer. If you tolerate minoxidil very well, you can use Maxogen-S along with our Dualgen-15 NO PG


    Maxogen-S topical spironolactone for acne

    Maxogen-S is not only effective in hair loss treatment, but also effective in treating acne. In a retrospective clinical study with 110 patients treated with spironolactone for acne, 94 patients saw improvement and 61 of them completely were completely acne free. The patients saw an average improvement in their acne by 73.1% for the face, 75.9% for the chest, and 77.6% for the back. Spironolactone was also demonstrated to be effective in treating acne in topical formulation according to dermatologist Steven Mandy. When using Maxogen-S for acne treatment, you just need a thin film covering the area you want to treat. Use the product twice daily, one in the morning and the other in the evening. People typically see improvement in 2 to 3 weeks with continous use.  




  • Maxogen-S topical spironolactone ingredients:

    5% spironolactone,  retinol,  caffeine,  copper tripeptide


    Complete Ingredients List:

    Water, glycerin, 5% spironolactone, niacinamide, isopropyl isostearate, dimethicone, panthenol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, tocopheryl acetate, copper tripeptide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4,  dimethiconol, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, sodium peg-7 olive oil carboxylate, retinol, stearic acid, palmitic acid, caffeine, cetyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, disodium edta, polyethylene, sodium acrylates copolymer, polyacrylamide, citric acid, fragrance


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Verified Buyer
No Sides
I know it's hard to trust reviews on the company website, but I promise you I am a hair loss sufferer that purchased this for myself. I learned about topical spiro from Haircafe's video on Youtube and decided it was relatively low risk. I've been applying it to my hairline nightly for at least 30 days and had 0 side effects. The only other topical AA I've tired is Fluridil and I did experience sides taking that (fatigue, low drive). I would encourage anyone looking for a low risk topical AA to start with spiro!
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Works for hormonal/jawline acne
I've been using the product for hormonal/jawline acne for more than a month and there is a noticeable improvement in my skin.
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Great product for frontal hair loss
I have receding hair line. I used this product only for 5 months. I think my hairline has grown back a lot. I only used a little bit each application. One jar lasts long time.
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It works
I recently lost a lot of hair due to prolonged stress. I started using this product about three months ago and my hair is almost totally grown back.
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Recently I've decided to use topical spironolactone cream for my facial acne which is also used for scalp hair loss. But I was wondering is that really OK to put it on my face? I mean it can regrow the hairs on the scalp, so is that possible to make my face hairy too?! Have you ever used topical spironolactone cream on your face? is there anybody there to answer my question?
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Stops shedding!
A great product to stop shedding. Highly recommend.
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Hard to find product
Spiro is clinically approved to reduce male androgens, so instead of taking a pill, you can apply to scalp..