Is Minoxidil better than Azelaic Acid?

As most of the alternatives on the market have been discussed throughout this subject, this article will focus on the final alternative that exists; Azerlaic acid. Unlike its competitors, Azelaic acid is an organic compound that is found wheat, rye or barley; though like Minoxidil and Finasteride, it also takes the form of a white powder. Its chemical formula is C9H16O4 for those of you interested in science. Like Minoxidil, but unlike Finasteride, it is put onto the scalp rather than taken orally. Research suggests that it is a 5-alpha reductase (the same enzyme found in its rival Finasteride) which means that like Finasteride it blocks the dihydrotestosterone that testosterone changes into. However, it should be remembered that while it does block dihyrdotestosterone (at around 98% supposedly), there have been no actual clinical trials that have shown it to be an effective solution to hair loss. This means that in scientific terms is it less likely to grow your hair back than the other alternatives on the market.

Usefulness when used in conjunction with Minoxidil

However, this does not mean that it should be disregarded out of hand. It has been suggested that while on its own, Azelaic acid does very little to help regrow hair, when used in conjunction with Minoxidil it can enhance the effects and therefore create a powerful combination. The main advantage that it has over the other treatments is that it is safe to use by both men and women regardless of whether they are pregnant or not.

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