Let’s face it, men have been using this product for years but most of them probably didn’t have a clue what the active ingredient actually was “minoxidil” they just threw some Rogaine on their faces and crossed their fingers. What they found out was that it works, specifically it’s a vasodilator which like Viagra it was originally intended for reducing dangerously high blood pressure until they realized a pretty magical side effect… Hair Growth!

How Can This Help Me Grow a Beard?

Well let’s get this simple fact straight, minoxidil doesn’t magically grow hair nor does it make hair grow in places where there is no chance for it to grow. What it does is stimulates the actual hair follicle and either revive or as I like to say wake their ass up. Anyone who has ever artificially increased their testosterone will attest to this, you don’t know how much hair you really have until you “wake it up”. What it really means for beard hair is that given a consistent treatment plan and good conditions (healthy hair follicles) you’re good to grow!

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Why Are You Just Hearing About Minoxidil?

Plug in your favorite government conspiracy theory or the fact that they haven’t figured out a way to make money off it but they disguise it as protecting us. It’s not approved (FDA approved) in the USA as a topical facial cream for hair growth which they state is because there are no clinical trials that test the effectiveness and possible side effects using it this way. Which makes you wonder… why the hell not! Call me reckless but I’ve done it.

What About The Beard Products That Promote Growth?

They are full of sh*t, these products hide behind the fact that they promote healthier skin which in turn promotes hair growth, none of the actual ingredients are directly linked to growing more hair. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that if you treat your skin good and keep it healthy you will have a healthier beard but I don’t like to see claims that they work anywhere near as good as a minoxidil based product does.

What Are The Side Effects?

1. Bloating

2. Increased Heart Rate

3. Insomnia

4. Headaches

5. Dry Skin

6. Hair Loss

7. Hair Growth

I know what you’re thinking, why the hell is hair loss & growth both side effects, in some rare cases people take up to two months to reap the benefits and their hair goes through a minor “shedding” phase. On average people begin to see results in as little as two weeks.

Yes! It most certainly does work. There are downsides to using this drug on your face; let’s face it, it is a drug and we’re not here to coddle anyone about it and its side effects. Some men have reported these side effects after using it topically on their face. Nobody has experienced all of them, rather this is a compilation of what you might be able to expect.

Let’s get another thing straight that scared the hell out of me, the shedding process is very rare and it’s a temporary process which is like re-sodding the lawn. I personally didn’t see any side effects and I have sensitive skin, one time I scrubbed my body with my girlfriends sugar scrub and was covered in hives for two hours.

How To Apply Liquid Minoxidil

1. Wash your man face (Unscented soap is best)

2. Pull 1ml of solution into the dropper

3. Apply single drops to beard and areas you want to increase facial hair

4. Gently massage in the oil

5. Eat a sandwich

*You can repeat this process up to two times per day

How To Apply Foam Minoxidil

1. Wash your greasy man face (Unscented soap is preferred)

2. Make sure your hands are dry

3. Apply 1ml of foam on our hand (See directions for amounts)

4. Gently massage into beard and area you intend to grow facial hair

5. Eat a sandwich

*You can repeat this process up to two times per day

This is not a difficult process so don’t screw it up, really I don’t know how you would and if your’re worried about not getting the proper amount then start with a smaller dose.

If you have any dryness because this is the only side effect that comes up with consistency from what I’ve seen, then find a lotion designed for your face. There are a ton of lady ones out there so just pick one of those up and don’t be a creep and but Vaseline on your face.

I’m not a patient man so waiting two weeks for a beard to grow in thicker sounded like a kick to the D but my thought was “why not?”. If in two weeks my beard was better great, if not then I didn’t lose anything. I saw results in less that a week but that’s not everyone.

How Long Should I Use Minoxidil

6 Months – 1 Year

Now this is a personal answer but it really depends on how much and how fast you see results. I’m someone who over does things so I used it for a while after it made a difference to make sure that “it stuck” because I didn’t have a beard website to teach me this.

Don’t worry, if your hair is now growing in spots you’ve never seen before then it’s not going to just magically disappear after you stop taking it. If you’re really freaked out (like I was) then just slowly tapper off of it. For example if you’re using 1ml every day then cut it to .5ml for a month then in half again.

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