How to use minoxidil beard oil to grow facial hair

Most know minoxidil as a medication that’s commonly used to promote hair growth. Yet, it has been found to be effective in promoting beard growth as well, even though it’s currently not FDA approved for the growth of facial hair.

Minoxidil is available in various forms, with liquid solutions and foam being the most popular ones, which are typically applied to the affected areas of the beard. Yet, as of recent, minoxidil beard oils do exist as well, which is basically minoxidil 2 or 5% coupled with various other natural beard promoting ingredients.

Still, minoxidil is a medication, and like all medicines, it may have side effects and interactions with other substances. That means that you take minoxidil for beard growth at your own peril. Although many others, myself included, have been able to grow facial hair without any issues or negative aftereffects.

Additionally, there are beard oils and other grooming products available in the market that are designed to nourish and condition the beard, helping to keep the existing hairs healthy and well-groomed. These products do not typically contain minoxidil, but rather include a blend of natural oils and ingredients to improve the appearance and texture of facial hair.

How to apply minoxidil beard oil to your face?

Here are some general steps to help you get started with applying minoxidil for beard growth:

  1. Cleanse your face

    Image of a man washing his face with water in front of a sink.

    Make sure your face is clean and free of any dirt, oil, or debris before applying minoxidil. Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat it dry with a clean towel.

  2. Start with a dry beard area

    It’s crucial that the area where you apply minoxidil is dry, or slightly moist. That’s because minoxidil gets absorbed better when the skin is damp, while the product gets diluted when the area is wet. Hence, avoid wetting your beard or face immediately before applying the product.

  3. Measure the appropriate dosage

    Check the instructions on the minoxidil product to determine the recommended dosage. It’s typically measured using a dropper or a pump system.

    For foam, half a cap is typically enough, depending on the area you’re trying to cover of course.

  4. Apply the minoxidil

    Picture of a man putting minoxidil foam on his hand.

    Using the dropper, pump, or hands when using foam, apply the recommended amount of minoxidil to the areas of your beard where you want to promote growth. Focus on the thin or patchy areas, and try to distribute the product evenly.

  5. Massage it in

    Gently massage the minoxidil into your beard and the underlying skin using clean fingers to improve absorption. Avoid rubbing it vigorously to prevent possible skin irritation.

  6. Let it absorb

    Allow the minoxidil to be fully absorbed into the skin and hair follicles. It’s best not to wash or wet the area for at least four hours after application to make sure most of the product gets taken in.

  7. Apply twice daily

    It’s typically recommended to apply the solution twice daily, once in the morning and once at night to maximize its effectiveness.

  8. Be consistent

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    Consistency is key with minoxidil. It may take several months, or at least regular use before you start seeing noticeable results, so be patient and keep up with the routine.

  9. Watch for side effects

    While minoxidil is generally safe for most people, some individuals may experience side effects like dryness, itching, or irritation. If you experience any adverse reactions, discontinue usage immediately, and talk with a health care professional if your aftereffects are severe such as heartburn, severe headaches, or an increased heart rate.

Minoxidil beard oil price

A bottle of 2 fluid ounces (ca. 59 ml) costs between 18 and 24 dollars on Amazon depending on the brand, which equates to around 16.31 Euro and 21.74 Euro respectively.

Obviously, these are the current prices I could find. But these are more or less around the same cost as a bottle of regular minoxidil without any additional beard oils of the same size.

Minoxidil vs. beard oil: Which one is more effective?

If we compare minoxidil vs. beard oil without any minoxidil in it, then minoxidil is obviously far superior to promote facial hair growth.

That’s because beard oil nourishes the existing hairs, while minoxidil regulates and changes the way hair grows, while being actually capable of promoting hair growth.

So if you’re looking to grow more hair, or a thicker beard, then minoxidil will be more potent.

Minoxidil vs. minoxidil beard oil

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Now if we’re comparing minoxidil to beard oil with minoxidil in it, things become more iffy.

Technically, the minoxidil beard oil should be more efficient at promoting hair growth since it has minoxidil in addition to other natural oils in it. Granted, if the minoxidil strength (expressed in %) is the same as a bottle of regular minoxidil, that is.

But, applying minoxidil together with the other oils at the same time might make the absorption of the minoxidil harder since the other oils dilute the key ingredient, which might reduce its effectiveness. Still, this is all speculative and not conclusive evidence.

Bottom line

Minoxidil beard oil does in fact exist, although they’re still quite rare. Yet, it isn’t really a special formula except mixing regular minoxidil 2 or 5% with other natural beard nourishing ingredients.

Again, it has not been FDA approved for usage on the face. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it is harmful, but rather that it hasn’t been tested enough to guarantee its safety.

That’s why you should be aware of this simple fact before you start applying it in an attempt to grow facial hair, while simultaneously making an informed decision based on the current evidence.