Regaine vs. Minoxidil

October 20, 2014


Unlike in the past when consumers were restricted to limited choices in terms of hair loss products, the market today is flooded with various types of  treatment products giving consumers a wide range of variety to choose from. While there are many ingredients in different types of treatment, one of the most popular ones used in treating baldness today is minoxidil.

Minoxidil is a concentrated formula sold under a variety of trade names with Regaine being one of them. However, many people always confuse these two products, often leading to wrong choices. The ability to understand the similarities and differences between these two related products can go a long way in helping you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the right product that suits your special needs.



It was originally a prescription only drug for treating high blood pressure, and one of its well known side effects was hair growth. Even though the real cause of this problem is still unknown, it is believed that increased circulation of blood to the hair follicles could be one of the reasons for this. It has since become one of the popular treatment choices for preventing hair loss and for enhancing hair re-growth as well.


Considering the fact that the most active ingredient found in Regaine (call Rogaine outside of the UK and Ireland) is minoxidil, it works just the same way. According to research, it has been established that the formula can greatly benefit men with baldness as it makes hair loss become less noticeable and it also decreases loss of hair significantly. It also benefits men and women with a history of baldness and /or general hair thinning.


In most cases, generic and it’s branded version formulas are typically available in either a foam or a solution. However, foams are easier to apply and use and do not interfere with other hair products besides the fact that they dry much quickly when applied on the scalp.


When it comes to choosing between these two similar baldness treatments, there are certain things to remember. These are discussed below:

Propylene glycol

Regaine normally uses a concentrated minoxidil formula of 5% for men and 2% for women, and comes with a propylene glycol solution that plays an instrumental role in helping spread the drug evenly across the scalp. While it is true that a good number of other products of this type also use propylene, this ingredient is not commonly used in all formulas.

Considering that propylene glycol is an alcohol, there are other products that have been made using a relatively low alcohol formula to suit those with a sensitive scalp. There are also other formulations that distribute the formula using a variety of other mechanisms such as nanosomes.

Trusted brand

By purchasing Regaine, you are using a tried and tested brand with proven success. When you compare its ingredients with other minoxidil products, it is easy to tell that they are generally identical, thus making the generic alternative less expensive. This is especially for those that are looking for a much cheaper and affordable alternative.