Minoxidil use in the eyebrows
Minoxidil is not formally approved for the eyebrows but many physicians have different ways of using it. There's no specific way that minoxidil must be used in the eyebrows. For anyone considering using minoxidil for the eyebrows, I recommend to speak to a physician first to review all the risks and benefits. A 2014 study (referenced below) did show that 2 % minoxidil was helpful in stimulating eyebrow growth for some individuals.
Methods of Minoxidil use for the brows
1. 5 % minoxidil twice a day
2. 5 % minoxidil once a day
3. 2 % minoxidiil twice a day
4. 2 % minoxidil once a day
5. Minoxidil 5 times per week
6. Minoxidil alternating with bimatoprost (Latisse)
There are many causes of eyebrow loss. Without seeing a given person's eyebrows and knowing more about his or her medical history and history of eyebrow loss exactly, it's hard to know if minoxidil could work and which of these protocols might work best. Minoxidil side effects include headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, shedding in the first 8 weeks. The medication must never be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Reference of Interest
Lee S et al. Minoxidil 2% lotion for eyebrow enhancement: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, spilt-face comparative study. J Dermatol. 2014 Feb;41(2):149-52.
Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299