Rogaine (minoxidil) is one of the most popular treatments for androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss). You could ask any random person walking down the street what they should use for hair loss, and most of them will answer Rogaine. A recent study has a lot of people talking, and a new treatment called Procapil is supposedly more effective than Rogaine.
What is Procapil?
Procapil is a topical solution marketed to treat male and female pattern hair loss. Unfortunately, there are a few Procapil products that can make it confusing, but the company called Sederma sells the Procapil we're discussing today. Below is the list of the ingredients that make Procapil.
*Butylene Glycol, (and) Agua
*Hydrogenated Castor Oil
What Is Rogaine (minoxidil)
Minoxidil is the active ingredient found in Rogaine, and it is an FDA-approved topical solution that is used to treat hereditary hair loss. Minoxidil was the first medication to be approved to treat hair loss, and it was initially used to treat high blood pressure. Hair growth was reported to be a side effect of the treatment, which prompted a submission to the FDA as a treatment for hair loss. To date, the exact mechanism of how minoxidil works are unknown. However, it is thought to prolong the hair follicle's life cycle and increase blood flow and oxygen to the scalp, making it easier for nutrients to be absorbed in the scalp.
What Does The Study Say?
The randomized study included 120 participants suffering from genetic hair loss. All of the patients were male between 18-55 years of age, ranging from Norwood II to V on the hair loss scale. At the end of the study, the participants completed a self-evaluation form that contained four questions.
At the end of the study, more patients strongly agreed that Rednsyl, Capixyl, and Procapil was very useful. It's important to note that the study contained more ingredients than just Procapil. Furthermore, the study did not include a hair-count but instead relied on the patient's self-assessment, which could be scientifically flawed.
None of the ingredients listed in Procapil are useful; most of these ingredients are in other hair loss supplements. In fact, out of all of the components, only Oleanolic Acid has been shown to have some DHT-inhibiting properties. You can find a variety of cheap supplements that contain Oleanolic Acid, which includes pumpkin seed oil, and emu oil. The study lacked a hair count, which would have been undeniable in terms of efficacy. A self-reported assessment or evaluation should never be considered anything more than anecdotal at best.
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