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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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 [[:​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.]]
  
 +===== Should I Use 5% Minoxidil or a Higher One Like 10%? =====
 +5% is cheaper and possibly even //better// than higher percentages. If you have been seeing progress with 5%, stick with it and don't chase more. A study has shown that 5% was more effective. So, along with effectiveness,​ price, and potentially less side effects, it is recommended that you use 5%.
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 +For more information about this, read this article on Beard Profile: [[https://​www.beardprofile.com/​articles/​article/​42/​should-you-use-5-or-10-minoxidil-when-improving-your-beard| Should You Use 5% or 10% Minoxidil When Improving Your Beard?]]
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 +As stated in the section above, and the article, some people may have better progress with 10% //if they are resistant to minoxidil//​. Being resistant means that you see very little or no progress at all after several months of use. If you are seeing progress, however, you are not resistant and 10% would likely not help any more than 5%.
  
 ===== Liquid or Foam Minoxidil — Which is Better? ===== ===== Liquid or Foam Minoxidil — Which is Better? =====
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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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 ==== DHT Blockers ==== ==== DHT Blockers ====
-When choosing a multi-ingredient moisturizer such as beard oil, beard balm, or other moisturizer,​ you'll find that many products on the market from beard companies contain [[:​dht#​dht-blocker|DHT blockers]]. DHT is the androgen hormone that is responsible for both the growth and development of facial hair. While these products containing ​DHT inhibitors ​will probably ​not effect vellus ​gains and may not completely stop your facial hair from developing, it is possible that they could slow your progress.+When choosing a multi-ingredient moisturizer such as beard oil, beard balm, or other moisturizer,​ you'll find that many products on the market from beard companies contain [[:​dht#​dht-blocker|DHT blockers]]. DHT is the androgen hormone that is responsible for both the growth and development of facial hair. While these products containing ​anti-androgens ​will likely ​not effect vellus ​hair count, ​and may not completely stop your facial hair from developing, it is possible that they could slow your progress. ​
  
-=== I Heard DHT Causes Baldness === +Men in TMBS on Facebook have commonly mentioned ​that their beards did not progress while they were using finasteride for hair loss. When stopping finasteride,​ the progress ​of their facial ​hair began.
-While it is true that DHT is one of the leading causes of hair loss. This is only true for men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness. Men suffering from MPB are sensitive to even **normal** levels ​of DHT((http://​onlinelibrary.wiley.com/​doi/​10.1002/​ajpa.1330880106/​abstract)). This is why most hair restoration products contain DHT blockers.+
  
-<​wrap ​hi>Increasing your DHT levels will not cause you to go bald unless you are already predisposed ​to losing your hair from MPB</​wrap>​. In which case, you're going to lose your hair eventually anyway.+<​wrap ​lo>Here is an article from Beard Profile explaining why you should stay away or be careful with most beard products on the market: [[https://​www.beardprofile.com/​articles/​article/​28/​psa-stay-away-from-most-beard-oil-products|PSA - Stay Away From Most Beard Oils]].\\ 
 +Don't believe DHT blockers make a difference, or want to learn why they do? Read **[[https://​articles.beardwiki.com/​hirsutism-dht-blockers-threat-to-beards|What is Hirsutism? A Look at Why DHT Blockers Are a Real Threat to Beards]]**.</​wrap>​
  
-Here is an article from Beard Profile explaining why you should stay away or be careful with most beard products on the market: [[https://www.beardprofile.com/articles/article/28/psa-stay-away-from-most-beard-oil-products|PSA - Stay Away From Most Beard Oils]]+=== I Heard DHT Causes Baldness === 
 +While it is true that DHT is one of the leading causes of hair loss. This is only true for men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness. Men suffering from MPB are sensitive to even **normal** levels of DHT((http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajpa.1330880106/abstract)). This is why most hair restoration ​products ​contain DHT blockers.
  
 +Increasing your DHT levels will not cause you to go bald unless you are already predisposed to losing your hair from MPB. In which case, you're going to lose your hair eventually either way. Whether or not increasing your DHT levels will //​accelerate//​ hair loss remains to be seen and cannot be answered at this time.
 ==== Derma Rolling ====  ==== Derma Rolling ==== 
 <wrap lo>​CAUTION:​ If you decide to use a derma roller, please be advised that it can increase the side effects of minoxidil if used incorrectly.</​wrap>​ <wrap lo>​CAUTION:​ If you decide to use a derma roller, please be advised that it can increase the side effects of minoxidil if used incorrectly.</​wrap>​