Rogaine is a popular hair loss treatment that has been around for decades. It was one of the first products approved by the FDA to treat baldness in men and women, but it does have its limitations.
One of these limitations is that Rogaine can only be used on areas with thinning hair or where you are experiencing hair loss; it cannot be used on parts of your head where you do not experience any problems. Another limitation is how often you should wash your scalp with shampoo when using Rogaine as a part of your regimen.
If you are wondering whether or not washing your scalp every day will affect how well this product works for you, read on!
How Does Rogaine Work?
The active ingredient in Rogaine is minoxidil, which works by preventing DHT from binding to cell receptors; this means it can help stimulate hair growth.
Minoxidil is a vasodilator, which means that the cells in your scalp are more likely to stay healthy and prevent atrophy or cell death from happening. An increase in blood flow will also help with other things like inflammation and dandruff on your head; this may also be why Rogaine is used as an anti-dandruff treatment.
Do You Have to Wash Your Hair Everyday When Using Rogaine?
Rogaine is a topical solution, which means it does not enter the bloodstream and circulate through your body. Instead, Rogaine only stays on the scalp where you are using it to help with hair loss or thinning, which means you do not need to wash it off at night before going to bed or doing anything else that can get water on the scalp.
You should only be washing with shampoo when using Rogaine if you have dandruff or an oily scalp, and this should only be done about once a week.
If your scalp is dry then it may not need to be washed as often when using Rogaine, but make sure that the area where you are applying the solution doesn't get too hot because heat can cause excessive sweating which will then cause the scalp to be dry.
Daily washing is not recommended because it will strip your scalp of natural oils that protect against dryness and flaking. The best option for people who wash their hair every day is to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that contains ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil or shea butter for added protection.
A Few Final Words
Rogaine can only be used on areas where you are experiencing hair loss or thinning. It is a topical treatment that does not enter the bloodstream, which means there's no need to wash it off at night before going to bed; however, if you have dandruff or an oily scalp then washing with shampoo should be done about once a week or so.
You should only wash with moisturizing shampoo if you are experiencing problems like dryness and flaking, which may be a result of over-washing your scalp when using Rogaine.