This section is dedicated to products used to address hair loss including FDA-approved medications like finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine), non-FDA approved medications, and topical camouflage products like Toppik, DermMatch, etc. (Of note, Dr. Lam does not endorse, hold stock, or have any financial affiliation with any company or manufacturer.)
I am a 58 year old female who had hair restoration done on my receeding hairline. I was diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia. My question is about Rogaine. I have been using it for 10 weeks with good results already. Every once in a while when I apply the rogaine at night I sometimes wake up with puffy eyes. What I try and do now is apply it on my scalp in the early morning and wait 4 hours before I shower. I find this helps; no puffy eyes. Is is true to leave on your scalp at least 4 hours before any effect will take place. Also, instead of twice a day I only apply it once a day. I do wash my hands thoroughly after applying. Your comments.
hmmm, i have not heard of puffy eyes. that is interesting. in general, ideally rogaine should remain on your scalp during the day but i cannot say for certain how long exactly to attain the results. the 4 hours you may be referencing is the half life of rogaine in the bloodstream. that has little relevance to how long you should keep it on your scalp or how long it lasts. some argue that rogaine on the scalp can last up to 22 hours but that has not been conclusively proven. thanks for the question.