What are the Side Effects of Using Minoxidil on Your Beard?
Minoxidil can speed up beard growth, however, there are possible side effects of using Minoxidil which include: Skin irritation beneath your beard; hair growth in unwanted places, such as down your neck or back; changes in hair color and texture, chest pain, dizziness, rapid weight gain, headache, blurred vision, etc. Consult your doctor if it is safe to use this medication when you have other medical conditions that can conflict with Minoxidil.
Although the risk of experiencing dangerous side effects is low when Minoxidil is applied to the skin instead of it being absorbed into your bloodstream. When taken orally, it helps to widen small arteries to increase blood flow, and when applied topically, it helps to widen hair follicles and prolongs the anagen stage of hair growth. Exceeding the recommended dosage does not guarantee better or faster results, and this might even intensify the overall side effects.
What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil is an over-the-counter medication used for hair loss and it is approved by the FDA, which can be used by both men and women. Minoxidil is most widely known as Rogaine. It does not cure baldness and when you stop using it, your hair may begin to fall out. It is important to know that Minoxidil will not cause permanent regrowth of scalp hair, which means you must continue to use the product if you want to maintain your hair growth. Minoxidil was created to treat high blood pressure and is still used to treat high blood pressure.
Minoxidil usually comes with instructions and you must read the instructions carefully before using it. It is also very important you use Minoxidil as prescribed by your doctor to avoid common side effects and the high chances of it being absorbed through your skin. For the same reason, do not apply minoxidil to other parts of your body. Absorbing it into the body may affect the heart and blood vessels and cause unwanted damage later.
If you are already making use of Minoxidil on the head, it is not recommended to use it on the beard area simultaneously because applying Minoxidil to more surface area means absorbing more of the drug into your body system, which will later cause serious side effects. Unlike scalp hair, using Minoxidil for beard growth isn’t forever. How long you want to use Minoxidil will depend both on the positive and negative effects. It takes most guys 2-3 months of continuous usage to see any change at all.
Most Common Side Effects of Using Minoxidil
Like any other medication, Minoxidil can cause side effects. These are the common side effects:
- Minoxidil can lead to heart palpitations
- Minoxidil can cause dizziness, headaches, or lightheadedness.
- It can increase your appetite for food.
- It can lead to hair shedding.
- Minor chest pain.
Least Common Side Effects of Using Minoxidil
The side effects under this section include:
- You might face difficulty in getting sleep.
- It can also cause bloating, which is known as water retention.
- It can cause acne – as a result of dry skin
- Tiredness (Fatigue)
Rare Side Effects of Using Minoxidil
These side effects are not so common, but they sometimes occur in different individuals. They include the following:
- Minoxidil can cause long term cardiovascular effects
- It can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, or even swelling.
- Body rashes
- Dark under-eye circles – changes in vision.
We have been discussing Minoxidil and its possible side effects, however, these side effects are not meant to scare you or discourage you from using Minoxidil. Most users do not experience any of these side effects because it all depends on individuals’ existing health status. If you have any medical conditions, it's best to consult your doctor.