Does Rogaine Work for Beards?


Have you ever seen that guy that looks like he could pull off the perfect beard, but the beard that he grows is patchy? What about the guy who has the perfect beard, but there’s that one bald spot you can’t stop staring at? I’ve seen these guys. Unfortunately, until I learned how to cover spots in my beard, I could only wear certain beard styles.

Many men have patchy beards and don’t know what to do to make it look better. There are literally thousands of ideas out there on how to make the hair in your beard grow right. Or, some men face the terrible reality that their beard hair starts to fall out, like the hair on top of their head. This can be a bitter realization to come to grips with. It’s bad enough when the hair on your head falls out, but when it is the symbol of your manhood, it can be devastating to come to grips with.

Fortunately for us, there are a number of theories, practices, and products available for us to try whether our beard is falling out, or we are trying to fill it in. One of the most popular products is Rogaine. In this post, we are going to try to answer the question, does Rogaine work for beards?

What Is Rogaine?

First, what is Rogaine? According to their website, Rogaine is the #1 dermatologist-recommended treatment for hair loss. The technical name for Rogaine is minoxidil and it is used to help regrow hair on your head. The exact way that it works is not known for sure, but there are several theories. The theory is that Rogaine dilates blood vessels where applied, which may improve hair follicle function and stimulate hair growth. However, the hair growth that is a result of the use of this product is not permanent. Rogaine must be used continually to keep the hair growing.

Is Rogaine a Good Option for Me?

Rogaine is not guaranteed to work for everyone, but there have been men who have experienced great results filling in patches or growing a beard back with Rogaine. Men have had success using this product on their beards, or this would not even be a topic of discussion.

You also need to consider that when you use Rogaine, you will most likely experience hair growth in places other than where you originally had planned. This means that your chest, arms, and back. If you decide to use Rogaine to try to fix your beard, or grow it back, please use gloves when working with the product. You probably know where I am going with this, but I think it still deserves to be mentioned. Do you want hairy hands? No? Then just use gloves when working with Rogaine.

Is It Safe?

We also need to consider if Rogaine is safe to use on your face. Well, the FDA would not have approved Rogaine for use if it was not safe. But there are side effects to the use of Rogaine. Some are minor, like irritation, itching, swelling of your feet and hands, headache, dizziness or flushing. But there are more serious side effects to consider like chest pain, accelerated heart rate, and unusual weight gain. Less seriously, Rogaine has also been known to change the color and texture of your hair.

What Do Other Guys Say About Using Rogaine?

Using Rogaine is not an overnight fix. It’s not even a quick fix. Most men have reported that it takes several weeks for them to start noticing results. In fact, most men have reported that it has taken up to 6 months for them to hit the mark they were looking for. From my research, I have found multiple men who have experienced the desired beard growth after using Rogaine. A lesser number have stated that they did not see any beard growth, but saw hair growth in other areas. Many of the men who have tried it have stated that they would recommend it to a friend who was struggling with patchiness or needed to fill their beard in.

There is one common theme among the men who have used Rogaine for their beards, though. The only places that Rogaine works is where the follicles are. Rogaine isn’t going to make you grow a beard when you literally do not have any hair growing on your face. IIf you don’t have any facial hair, Rogaine is not going to make it magically appear. 


To sum it up, there is no guarantee that Rogaine will work for you for fixing, filling in, or growing back your beard. There have been no conclusive answers as to whether it actually works on beards. It could help your beard, but it has not been proven to do so, and the FDA has not approved it for this purpose. If you try to use it on your beard, remember to watch for side effects, and contact your doctor immediate if you experience any of the more serious side effects. Remember to use gloves and be prepared for the hair growth in areas you did not originally plan on. That comes with the territory, so don’t be shocked if your arms and chest start to look more and more like a grizzly bear.

I hope this information was helpful for you. Have you tried using Rogaine on your beard? If so, what results did you have? Would you recommend it to someone else?

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