Have you been losing too much of your hair late and having fear of growing bald soon? Here is the answer to your hair fall worries, and not just one but two treatment solutions together! Minoxidil and dermaroller both are wonderful treatments for hair loss and potentiate each other’s efficacy when used together. Let’s see how to use minoxidil with dermaroller together?
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Dermaroller with minoxidil
Both the minoxidil and derma rollers are effective hair loss treatments. Let’s talk first about the underlying principle of how minoxidil works to regrow your hair and slow down the progression of further hair loss.
Minoxidil was initially used as an oral medication to treat high blood pressure during the 1960s, but it was found that its use led to hair growth in some patients. It was then dismissed as a harmless side effect by the doctors. However, in the 1980s, minoxidil was developed as a topical formula for hair loss in men, and in 1992, for women. Currently, minoxidil is the only hair loss topical formula that has been approved by the FDA and clinically proven to regrow hair.
The exact principle on which Minoxidil works is not yet understood, but so far, we know that it is a vasodilator that increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the hair follicles by widening the blood vessels. Minoxidil has been known to increase the size of hair follicles and help grow stronger and thicker hair. Moreover, by the topical application of minoxidil, the telogen phase of hair growth is reduced and the hair stays in its growth or anagen phase longer.
On the other hand, the dermaroller also increases blood flow to the scalp by causing micro-wounds in the outer layer of skin and inducing collagen production. Collagen is a protein that is abundantly available in mammals in fibrous tissues like skin, ligaments, and tendons. It is present in the hair shaft as well as around the hair follicle bulb. Dermaroller enhances and promotes the growth of new hair by thickening the hair root during the anagen phase. As it creates micro-wounds on the epidermis, the body sends more blood to the area to heal it. Hence, it is recommended to use minoxidil with dermaroller so that it is better absorbed into the scalp and promotes hair regrowth.
Roll only in one direction on the scalp when the needles are in contact with the scalp. i.e. don’t go forward and backward to prevent any scratches.
Both minoxidil and dermaroller treatments are prescribed for the treatment of hair loss. These treatments work best on hairs that are in the active stage of the growing phase i.e. anagen phase. Dermaroller can also be used with or without minoxidil.
While using the dermaroller without minoxidil, prefer using a needle of 0.5mm – 1mm long.
For achieving the maximum benefits, combine methods I and II i.e. with and without minoxidil. Try using a shorter needle length of derma roller (0.2 mm-0.5 mm) 2-3 times a week with minoxidil to enhance its absorption. And use a longer length of derma roller (0.5 mm-1 mm) once a fortnight to promote better regeneration of the hair follicles.
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