Best Rogaine for Men? Rogaine® is a brand name, owned by McNeil Consumer Healthcare (Johnson and Johnson), for their version of Minoxidil. It contains exactly the same ingredients as all other Minoxidil brands, including Kirkland Signature Minoxidil.
Best Rogaine for Men
Best Rogaine for Men
There is no evidence to support that one brand is any better or worse than any other – they all contain the same 5% Minoxidil, with the alcohol-based additives.
Our clients as us all the time, “Which one is best?”, to which we have to say “The least expensive one.” Given they are all identical, why pay simply for packaging and advertising? Kirkland Signature Minoxidil is the best of the non-Rogaine brands, for the simple reason that it is cheaper.
Why “for Men”?
As we’ve mentioned, there are a number of different brands of Minoxidil, but also a number of variations on the product. We sell the most popular 5% concentration, but other concentrations are available. The main reason 5% is called “extra strength” is that the original topical solution was a 2% solution, and was used by women as well.
The increase in concentration to 5% was aimed at men, as some women were reporting excessive hair growth. There is absolutely no reason why a women can’t use the 5%, other than it might be too effective! Men tend to have more and thicker hair than women, so the 5% ‘extra strength’ was considered a little too much for some women.
Liquid and Foam?
The two basic forms of Minoxidil are Topical (meaning applied directly to where needed) Solution Liquid and Foam. For some men, the liquid can cause some mild skin irritation at the beginning of treatment. This irritation is cause by an ingredient in the products, called Propylene Glycol, which is responsible for carrying the active ingredient, Minoxidil, directly to your hair follicles.
The Foam version was developed without this ingredient, to lessen any irritation. That sounds great, but many of our clients prefer the liquid regardless, telling us that is easier to apply and (they say) more effective. There is no evidence to suggest one is more potent that the other. Both have a 5% concentration of Minoxidil.