Minoxidil is a drug for the treatment of hair loss, however you may know it by its most popular brand name of Rogaine. This drug has received lots of praise since its creation, though there are a few unpleasant side effects which plague a number of users.
One such side effect is itchy scalp, and it can drive Minoxidil users insane, leaving them feeling as if they have no option but to continue treatment or stop treatment and continue hair loss.
There are, however, two alternatives that those with itchy scalp can turn to.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- The main cause of Minoxidil itchy scalp;
- Whether itchy scalp and other side effects from Minoxidil use can be stopped, and;
- How you can stop Minoxidil itchy scalp by switching to an all-natural Minoxidil alternative.
Bonus: Take the quick six-question quiz at the bottom of this article to find out how reversible your type of hair loss is. You’ll learn ways to most effectively treat it, as well as how to regrow your hair.
Minoxidil Itchy Scalp – What Causes It?
This ingredient serves an important purpose, enabling the solution to penetrate the surface of the skin and reach the hair follicles.
Propylene glycol, however, has been associated with skin reactions, including itching and irritation. For many, this side effect can be difficult to ignore and may put them off using hair loss treatments altogether.
Can Minoxidil Itchy Scalp Be Stopped?
Some users who experience itching and irritation without other allergic symptoms continue using Minoxidil due to the positive results it produces.
If you’re currently dealing with Minoxidil-related itching and cannot stand it, however, you have two options.
First, you can switch over to Minoxidil foam. Foam, as opposed to the liquid solution, does not contain propylene glycol.
There are even cream varieties of minoxidil, but they are harder to find.
This is the chemical which is believed to trigger the itching and flakiness which many experience, and if this is the case for you as well, switching to the foam should stop the itching.
Second, you can stop using Minoxidil altogether. Whether the itching continues even after switching to the foam solution, or you’d simply rather try a more natural alternative to treating hair loss, this option may be for you.
Natural Minoxidil Alternative
If you’ve been reading Hair Loss Revolution for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of natural treatments. This is why I’ve created my own natural alternative to Minoxidil. With no propylene glycol and only three ingredients, you have far less chances of a skin reaction with similar results as provided by Minoxidil.
What You’ll Need:
- Emu Oil
- Hyaluronic acid
- Pumpkin seed oil
Preparing Your Scalp
To get your scalp ready for maximum absorption, you’ll first want to get rid of a layer known as epidermis plaque. This is made up of chemical products, pollution, sweat, dirt, dead skin, oil, and even DHT, and should be removed regularly to ensure the ideal environment for hair growth.
To remove this layer, you’ll want to perform a salicylic acid peel.
Now, while this next step isn’t necessary, it can stimulate circulation to the scalp which is always beneficial, as well as enable ultimate absorption of the mixture.
Using a dermaroller, gently go over the areas of the scalp which you’ll be treating with the mixture. Do so at least four times.
Preparing the Solution
While I reveal more about this solution in Hair Equilibrium, including how I personally prepare the mixture, you can easily make your own solution with your own ratios.
Combine said ratios in the container of your choosing, and mix thoroughly by stirring. Shake before use.
After use, you may store the mixture for a few weeks. Keep the mixture in a dark glass container, preferably, and place in the refrigerator to keep freshness.
Applying the Solution
Now that you’ve made the mixture and prepared your scalp, it’s time to apply the solution.
For best results, you may want to use a pipette or other instrument which will allow you to control application. This will enable the majority of the mixture to make it to the scalp, which will improve results.
Apply the mixture as you would minoxidil.
Allow the mixture to sit on your scalp for 10-30 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
As the base of this solution, hyaluronic acid promotes nutrient and mineral delivery to the scalp, as well as removes and prevents toxin buildup.
Both emu oil and pumpkin seed oil act as carrier oils in this mixture. Emu oil in particular has been shown to reduce the levels of DHT in the scalp, and pumpkin seed oil is a powerful promoter of hair growth.
If the use of Minoxidil has plagued you with an itchy scalp, there are alternative hair loss treatment methods which will rid you of this annoying side effect.
Of course, I recommend the natural solution of which I’ve provided a recipe above.
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