Is minoxidil good for beard growth?

Minoxidil is a popular product in the battle against male and female pattern baldness. You can find more about what minoxidil does here.

But many people, in this case men, also use the product in order to attempt to grow a beard. And there can be many reasons why someone can’t grow a beard.

Thus, we’ll be looking to answer the question, “Is minoxidil good for beard growth?” Let’s find out.




Is minoxidil good for beard growth?

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On to the question of today then, “is minoxidil good for beard growth,”

Studies have shown that minoxidil slows or halts hair loss and promotes hair regrowth in both men and women, at both 2% and 5% formulations.

The 5% formulation is generally more effective. Positive response to minoxidil therapy (reduced hair loss and/or hair regrowth) has been reported in various studies as less than 50% to more than 80% –possibly owing to genetic variation in study recipients. Any positive response is lost if minoxidil therapy is discontinued.

This is what another study had to say about minoxidil being good for beard growth:

Topical minoxidil has been employed to stimulate hair growth on eyebrows and beard growth

Compared to placebo, minoxidil was superior in enhancing beard growth, with only mild adverse effects. Statistically significant differences in global photographic scores, hair count, and patients’ self-assessment from baseline with twice daily application of 0.5 mL of 3% MS group were detected when compared to the placebo group[1]

It should be noted that the positive response of minoxidil is lost only in regard to scalp hair if discontinued.

Beard gains are permanent IF the hairs have reached their final, anagen stage.