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cemmos [Minoxidil Beard FAQ]
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 ====== Minoxidil Beard FAQ ====== ====== Minoxidil Beard FAQ ======
-//Proudly brought to you by the same people that created the original Minox FAQ document, located in a closed Facebook group called [[https://​www.facebook.com/​groups/​TheMinoxBeardSpot/​|The Minox Beard Spot]]. +//Proudly brought to you by the same people that created the original Minox FAQ document, located in a closed Facebook group called [[https://​www.facebook.com/​groups/​TheMinoxBeardSpot/​|The Minox Beard Spot]].//
-Group founded and administered by [[https://​www.youtube.com/​user/​basikoe|Basik Ali]].//+
  
 ===== What is Minoxidil? ===== ===== What is Minoxidil? =====
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 ==== How Do I Apply Foam Minoxidil? ==== ==== How Do I Apply Foam Minoxidil? ====
-There are a few techniques that people have used to apply the foam minoxidil. ​Find what works best for you+The most common method ​to apply foam minoxidil ​is to dispense it into the cap first, then, using your fingers, scoop the minoxidil out and apply it directly to your face until the desired area is coveredFill the cap up halfway ​for a single dose. There is usually no reason to use more than half of a cap full and using more may lead to more severe side effects and would more than likely be a waste.
  
-<blockquote>Dispense the foam directly onto the face by holding the can vertically so that you don’t waste the gas. If you don’t hold it vertically you end up with liquid coming out, not foam. Let it dissolve a little on the face, then massage it in.<​cite>​Member 1</​cite></​blockquote>​ +<WRAP center round tip 60%> 
-  +If your foam is melting immediately after dispensing ​it into the cap, that means it'​s ​being kept too hot. Putting it in the fridge for a couple of minutes ​or running ​it under cold water should be enough ​to allow it to dispense as normalDo not store it in the refrigerator long-term
-<​blockquote>​Shake 30 seconds so that when you spray it into the cap, it'​s ​a shaving cream consistency. Then using 1 or 2 fingers, massage into your beard area. It drys very quickly, and I've experienced no itch or irritation.<​cite>​Member 2</​cite></​blockquote>​  +</WRAP>
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-<​blockquote>​1.) Wash face with hot water (or take hot shower), then wash hands with cold water. +
-2.) Squirt out the foam into the cap half full. This is 1ml. Spraying into hands or directly on face will likely result in excess dosage. +
-3.) One finger in the cap half-full with minox foam, then apply it equally on face and massage vigorously on face until dry. +
-4.) Your face should be dry in less than a minute.<​cite>​Member 3</​cite></​blockquote>​  +
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-<​blockquote>​You can store the foam canister in room temperature. It does not need to be in the refrigerator or in the freezer. I shake the bottle and I spray the foam in the cup of the bottle about half of the cup. Sadly it won't last longer than a month depending on if you overuse it or if the foam turns to liquid depending on the room temperatureIt could possibly last for a month. Next, I use a rubber glove because unlike the liquid minoxidil, the foam does not have a dropper, so we have to use our hands. This is done because I want it fully absorbed on my face rather than it absorbing on hands, thus less chances having hair on your hands. I use two fingers to grab the foam and dab it on the area where I want to apply it. When I apply the foam on the area, the foam evaporates because the temperature on the skin thus turns it into liquid. Dab or rub on the area. Last thing I do is I rub around the face. No need to wait until it dries. It will dry in less than 10 minutes. On a side note, you will smell the alcohol when you apply on the mustache area and will feel a burn around some areas especially near the monthThis is all normal.<​cite>​Member 4</​cite></​blockquote>​ +
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-<​blockquote>​Half a cap was plenty. I usually even had enough to go back and add more to certain areas. Don't keep it somewhere warm. Keeping it somewhere room temperature is fine. Just fill the cap up half way, use one finger to apply it and rub it in. Obviously it helps if you keep your beard trimmed down short. It's also a good idea to use gloves so you get the most you can on your face instead of getting it absorbed into your fingers. Your bare hands can be a little warm which will often dissolve some of the foam before you even get it on your face.<​cite>​Member 5</​cite>​</blockquote>+
  
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-===== Which Brand of Minoxidil ​Should I Use? ===== +===== Which Brand of Minoxidil ​is Best? ===== 
-{{youtube>​WWLlM0XXrR0?​small }} Many use Kirkland Signature as it is the cheapestbut any brand containing ​5% minoxidil is fine. More than 5% may be a health issue, and less seems to yield less results. There is some efficacy to 10% being useful for those that are not responding well to minoxidil, but it needs to be a mixture without [[:​dht#​known-dht-blockers|DHT blockers]].+{{youtube>​WWLlM0XXrR0?​small }} There is no "​best"​ brand. Most brands are exactly ​the same productjust packaged and sold by different companies. They almost all contain the exact same ingredients. As long as it contains ​5% Minoxidil and does not contain any DHT inhibitors it'​s ​fine. More than 5% may be a health issue, and less seems to yield less results. There is some efficacy to 10% being useful for those that are not responding well to minoxidil, but it needs to be a mixture without [[:​dht#​known-dht-blockers|DHT blockers]].
  
 [[:​minoxidil-faq#​brands-of-minoxidil-from-around-the-world|Click here to jump down to a full list of minoxidil brands.]] [[:​minoxidil-faq#​brands-of-minoxidil-from-around-the-world|Click here to jump down to a full list of minoxidil brands.]]
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 {{youtube>​HhAtwFYdxBA?​small }} There are other methods of exfoliation that can be more effective and are less risky. Using a boar bristle brush, or even a toothbrush or damp cotton rag, can be an effective method of exfoliation that doesn'​t run the risk of ingrown hair, and doesn'​t require you to shave off your beard. {{youtube>​HhAtwFYdxBA?​small }} There are other methods of exfoliation that can be more effective and are less risky. Using a boar bristle brush, or even a toothbrush or damp cotton rag, can be an effective method of exfoliation that doesn'​t run the risk of ingrown hair, and doesn'​t require you to shave off your beard.
  
-Trimming will give you the psychological aspect of still being able to grow your beard without impeding application or absorption to any meaningful degree. Since vellus hair grow slower than terminal, shaving may make you feel that you have regressed (you haven'​t it just takes longer for vellus to grow back!)+Trimming will give you the psychological aspect of still being able to grow your beard without impeding application or absorption to any meaningful degree. Since vellus hair grow slower than terminal, shaving may make you feel that you have regressed (you haven'​tit simply ​takes longer for vellus ​hair to grow back).
  
 <​blockquote>​NOTE:​ SHAVING WILL NOT "KILL YOUR GAINS" <​cite>​Adam</​cite></​blockquote>​ <​blockquote>​NOTE:​ SHAVING WILL NOT "KILL YOUR GAINS" <​cite>​Adam</​cite></​blockquote>​
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 A common side effect of minoxidil, especially the liquid minoxidil, is dry, flaky skin. If this happens to you, be sure to moisturize after you've rinsed or washed the minoxidil out, as stated in [[:​minoxidil-faq#​my-face-is-itchingdrying-out-what-can-i-do|a section above]]. A common side effect of minoxidil, especially the liquid minoxidil, is dry, flaky skin. If this happens to you, be sure to moisturize after you've rinsed or washed the minoxidil out, as stated in [[:​minoxidil-faq#​my-face-is-itchingdrying-out-what-can-i-do|a section above]].
  
-Once you wash off the minoxidil (foam or liquid) after 4 hours from applying it, many members apply a moisturizer to their skin to help create optimal conditions for new hair growth.+Once you wash off the minoxidil (foam or liquid) after //at least// ​4 hours from applying it, many members apply a moisturizer to their skin to help create optimal conditions for new hair growth.
  
 ==== How Often Should You Apply Moisturizers?​ ==== ==== How Often Should You Apply Moisturizers?​ ====
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 === How often can I use the dermaroller?​ === === How often can I use the dermaroller?​ ===
-  * 0.2 or 0.25 mm long needles can be used every second day on the same skin area.*+  * 0.2 or 0.25 mm long needles can be used every second day on the same skin area.*(not sufficient for beard growth)
   * <wrap hi>0.5 mm long needles can be used once or twice per week on the same skin area</​wrap>​. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ​   * <wrap hi>0.5 mm long needles can be used once or twice per week on the same skin area</​wrap>​. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ​
   * 1 mm can be used every two - four weeks on the same skin area.   * 1 mm can be used every two - four weeks on the same skin area.