Minoxidil Foam vs Topical Liquid Solution. What is the difference and which is best for you? We explain why there are two version, the difference between them and why you might choose one over the other. Many have their preferences, for various reasons.
What's the Difference?
Minoxidil Foam vs Topical Solution
The Topical Liquid Solution of Minoxidil was the first of the two version to be introduced, over twenty years ago and, while showing very favourable results with slowing hair loss and regrowing new hair, a small number of Minoxidil liquid users reported mild itching and irritation on their skin where the solution was applied.
This irritation was quickly identified as being a result of a compound called ‘propylene glycol‘, an ingredient which helps the scalp absorb the active Minoxidil ingredient. Some people do have some hypersensitivity to propylene glycol.
As a result, the Foam version of Minoxidil was developed, without propylene glycol. Skin irritation, redness and itching are very rarely seen in patients using Minoxidil Foam, as opposed to a handful with some slight side effects with Topical Liquid Solution.
The effectiveness of both Foam and Solution has been shown, in medical trials, to be the same and the Minoxidil content is the same in both versions – 5%.
If you have very sensitive skin, you may want to consider the foam, as it can be a little less irritating. We also think the foam is a little easier to apply and carry around, as there’s no ‘dropper’ (pipette) to worry about. But that’s just our opinion. For everyone else, the Minoxidil Topical Solution is the right choice.
In our experience, Foam tends to be easier to apply to larger areas, like the bald spot on the crown of your head. Topical Liquid is applied with a small pipette, or dropper, so covering a larger area might be a little more fiddly.
Conversely, if you’re looking to increase hair growth along your parting line, for example, the dropper is just what you would need!
Beards too! One problem with Foam on beards is the active ingredient, Minoxidil, is likely to be covering the hairs themselves, and not the skin where it is needed.
Other than the chemical differences mentioned above, the application has an impact on which Minoxidil to buy, but put very simply, Foam for top of the head and other larger areas, Liquid for beards and parting line.
As stated above, Minoxidil Foam is less likely to cause some mild irritation in those with a hypersensitivity to propylene glycol, or with generally sensitive skin. Topical Liquid is a physically smaller product and is applied with a dropper, allowing for more precise application.
If you feel you may have sensitive skin, Foam would be the one to start with. However, it is possible that the liquid form has a better absorption because of the epidermal disturbance due the propylene glycol. But that’s only a ‘possible’. The question remains unresolved until further human studies are initiated.
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