Hello, I’m a 21 year old male who started using Rogaine at the age of 19. I was worried I was losing my hair because it is very prevalent in my mom’s family. After using Rogaine for over two years I decided to stop because of the irritation it was causing on my scalp. I stopped late last January and for the first three months I did not notice my hair count change at all, but in about the past three weeks my hair has been falling out by the handfulls. If this continues much longer I may be left with no hair at all. I have been using Rogaine again now for about a week and will continue, but do you think I will be able to get back in the large amount of hair I lost that was apparently dependent on Rogaine? Will reintroducing Rogaine to the follicles bring my hair back to what it was? thank you!
The only two FDA approved products approved for male pattern hair loss are topical minoxidil (Rogaine) and oral finasteride (Propecia). They both have limitations and work primarily by slowing hair loss than growing new hair. Only a small minority of men with genetic hair loss will experience great amounts of hair regrowth with minoxidil, while Propecia will show more predictable results in someone of your age. In your case, your genetic destiny may be catching up to you. It is doubtful that restarting Rogaine will regrow your hair, but Propecia, on the other hand, may reverse recent hair loss. Both drugs may slow the process of hair loss, but if you are genetically balding, Propecia attacks the cause of the hair loss and therefore is far superior. Get your diagnosis by mapping out your hair for miniaturization and with good measurement, you will be smarter about what is causing your hair loss and what benefits you may or may not get from doing whatever you choose to do.