Minoxidil vs Finasteride vs Procapil For Hair Loss

Minoxidil vs Finasteride vs Procapil For Hair Loss





Mechanism of Action

Topical vasodilator

Inhibits 5-alpha-reductase enzyme

Hair growth complex


Promotes hair growth in both men and women with hereditary hair loss (androgenic alopecia)

Effective in treating androgenic alopecia in men (not for women)

Promising results in reducing hair loss and promoting growth


Applied topically as a liquid or foam

Taken orally as a daily tablet (typically 1 mg/day)

Commonly found in topical hair care products

Side Effects

Common side effects may include scalp irritation or redness; rare cases of unwanted hair growth on other body parts

Potential side effects may include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, decreased ejaculate volume

Limited known side effects; well-tolerated in topical formulations

Please note that the effectiveness and side effects of these treatments can vary from person to person, and it's important to consult a healthcare professional for personalized guidance.


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  • Blume-Peytavi U, Lönnfors S, Hillmann K, Garcia Bartels N. A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled pilot study to assess the efficacy of a 24-week topical treatment by latanoprost 0.1% on hair growth and pigmentation in healthy volunteers with androgenetic alopecia. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012;66(5):794-800.
  • Kaufman KD, Olsen EA, Whiting D, et al. Finasteride in the treatment of men with androgenetic alopecia. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1998;39(4 Pt 1):578-589.
  • Leyden J, Dunlap F, Miller B, et al. Finasteride in the treatment of men with frontal male pattern hair loss. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999;40(6 Pt 1):930-937.
  • Bussoletti C, Mastropietro T, Tolaini MV, et al. Procapil for the treatment of alopecia: the Italian experience on 23 patients. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2017;16(2):e27-e31.
  • George A, Ud-Din S, Bowe E, Goffin V, Sevilla I, Messenger A. Effect of caffeine and equol on the hair cycle in androgenic alopecia. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2014;36(4):396-401.

It's important to always consult a qualified dermatologist available at SKINFUDGE, for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan based on your specific circumstances or treatment for hair loss.

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