TLDR Minoxidil solution helps hair regrowth in alopecia areata, with 5% being more effective.
Topical minoxidil solution (1% and 5%) can induce hair regrowth in alopecia areata, with a dose-response effect demonstrated. Patients with extensive scalp hair loss showed a higher response rate with 5% minoxidil. Occlusion of the treated area appears to be necessary to achieve and maintain maximum results. Increased T cell blastogenesis before treatment may predict response. Topical minoxidil offers advantages over other treatment modalities due to its simplicity and safety. Further studies on the efficacy of minoxidil in milder forms of the disease may be rewarding. No alterations in testosterone levels were found with the use of topical minoxidil.View this study on jaad.org →
Higher minoxidil concentration (5%) works better for severe hair loss, with most patients seeing regrowth in 48-60 weeks.
Minoxidil absorbs poorly through skin, with low risk of side effects at 1-2% concentration.
Minoxidil can help regrow hair in alopecia areata patients.
Minoxidil helps hair regrowth in alopecia areata safely.
Patients generally have positive attitudes towards using topical Minoxidil for hair loss treatment.
Using minoxidil and tofacitinib together can effectively treat severe hair loss.
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Minoxidil and finasteride treat hair loss; more research needed for other options.