Although Rogaine® (minoxidil) may be an effective hair-growth product for some people, it may cause unwanted side effects for others. For example, women should only use the 2% formulation of Rogaine, as unwanted facial hair may occur if women use the 5% strength of this medication. A special Women's Rogaine is available in the 2% strength.
Although unwanted facial hair is a rare side effect of Rogaine, it is more likely to occur in people who touch their face after applying the medication. To help minimize this risk, make sure to wash your hands immediately after using Rogaine.
(For more information on how to avoid unwanted facial hair while using this product, click Rogaine Side Effects. This resource describes other possible side effects of this nonprescription medication, including potentially serious reactions that may require medical attention.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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