Hi there, I'm 21 and just recently I've had comments about the start of a small bald spot on my scalp. I've not had a look myself yet, but was wondering about rogaine. My question is, is it safe to use rogaine if you don't have proper pattern hair loss - I'm not sure, if my spot is just the area around a scar I have on the top of my head, due to some recent stress or the start of proper hair loss. If it's not proper hair loss, could rogaine induce it, or more realistically, if I didn't have hair loss, used rogaine and then stopped, would the hair then fall out, as happens with new growth after stopping the foam?
Rogaine is FDA approved for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern balding. It helps approximately 30 % of men. It is not FDA approved for any other reason.
I'd recommend you take the time to look at your pattern of loss and if you're not sure what is going on, speak to your physician.
In response to your question... it is likely 'safe' to use Rogaine if you don't have proper pattern hair loss, it's just you may not get benefit and you could experience one or more of the well known side effects of the drug such as headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, and increased hair shedding.
In further response to your question, Rogaine wouldn't induce pattern loss, but it can cause shedding in many individuals. If it did prove beneficial and you stopped it, it is possible the hair would fall out. It just depends on the actual diagnosis of the hair loss.
Jeff Donovan MD PhD FRCPC FAAD
US & Canadian board-certified Dermatologist
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