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Rogaine vs Propecia vs Provillus vs Procerin vs Lipogaine vs Generic Solutions for Hair Loss

Updated on September 12, 2014

Propecia versus Rogaine versus Provillus versus Procerin versus Lipogaine

Propecia and Rogaine are the best solutions for hair loss on the market, and they are based on either Minoxidil, or Finasteride, the two FDA approved drugs for hair loss. Provillus and Procerin are blends of natural remedies for hair losss. Lipogaine is a combination of Minoxidil and DHT blockers.

These five products are the most known solutions for hair loss, and the ones that people trust most. There are a lot of other generic products based on Minoxidil, because the patent on Minoxidil expired. The other drug, Finasteride, is still covered by a patent awarded to Merck, which will expire in November 2013. Discover the benefits, risks, and effectiveness of each of the above solutions.

Rogaine for Men Hair Regrowth Treatment - 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol, Easy-to-Use Foam

Minoxidil is a substance which was accidentally discovered to improve the hair health, by invigorating shrinking hair follicles, by increasing their vigor.

Minoxidil works best for men alopecia, and for the vertex of the scalp, (the top of the head).

Men's Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam for Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth, Topical Treatment for Thinning Hair, 1-Month Supply
Men's Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam for Hair Loss and Hair Regrowth, Topical Treatment for Thinning Hair, 1-Month Supply

Rogaine is the most known, and one of the best hair-loss solutions based on Minoxidil as the active ingredient.

What make the product great is not only the active ingredient, but also the non active ingredients which, if not chosen properly, can do more damage than good. Rogaine is in that sweet spot where all the ingredients in the list are the right quality.


Rogaine vs Propecia

Topical vs Pills - Effectiveness vs Side Effects of Minoxidil and Finasteride

Which is the best treatment form, topical or ingested? The answer is not as simple, but in a few words the orally taken drugs are more effective but will carry the risk of more side effects, while the topical application is less effective yet safer.

While the effectiveness of Finasteride, (Propecia), and Minoxidil, (Rogaine), cannot be contested, the side effects associated with taking the drugs orally are serious in a number of patients. On the other hand, topical applications reduce the adverse effects of the substance.

The two drugs cannot be compared one to another as they have different objectives. Minoxidil is a substance that will promote hair growth, while Finasteride is DHT production blocker, and it prevents the hair thinning and falling. In fact, some men start on Propecia, (Merck's brand name of Finasteride), and then add Rogaine, (Minoxidil), to the treatment. The first will block the production of DHT, and promote stronger follicles, the second one will encourage hair growth.

Side Effects for Hair Loss Products

Side Effects Associated with Finasteride and Minoxidil

Finasteride is a drug that modifies the hormonal activity, by blocking the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. DHT, (dihydrotestosterone), is responsible for male baldness, causing the hair follicles to shrink, hence thinning and losing hair.

In some cases tinkering with the hormonal balance results in serious sexual problems such as impotence, abnormal ejaculation, lowered libido. Sometimes the effects might be irreversible. The most effective treatment is the oral one, but the topical application is safer.

The mechanism by which Minoxidil stops hair loss is not fully known, but it is hypothesized that by opening the blood vessels, more oxygen and nutrients are brought to the follicle, and this promotes the hair growth.

A common side effect is shedding. While using Minoxidil a lot of hair loss is very common and is part of the process, as more hair will be encouraged to grow, along with the shedding. Other side effects are severe allergic reactions, chest pain, fainting, sudden gain weight, and swollen feet and hands.

Procerin Tablets for Men

Firstly let's mention that Procerin offers a 90 day money back guarantee. So if you think it doesn't work for you you can ask for your money back.

With a list of natural ingredients known to enhance the health of your hair, Procerin is one of the best nutrients to help your hair grow.

Procerin Tablets for Men Hair Regrowth Complex, 90 -Tablets
Procerin Tablets for Men Hair Regrowth Complex, 90 -Tablets

Gotu Kola is an Indian plant used in Ayurveda for hair problems,

Saw Palmetto is used for blocking DHT,

Pumpkin Seed Meal is also a DHT blocker,

Nettles, Magnesium, Zinc and Vitamin B-6 are the nutrients that your scalp needs.


Hair Loss Treatments - Synthetic versus Natural Solutions - FAQ Alopecia Treatments

When we compare the most popular hair growth solutions, there are a few questions that pop up into our minds.

  • Why are on this list both synthetic and non-synthetic ?

    Because these products are the best selling.

  • Why are FDA approved drugs and non FDA approved drugs on the list?

    The answer is the same, these are the best selling products, regardless of the FDA status.

  • Do the natural solutions are as efficient as the synthetic drugs?

    No, they are not as efficient, but they work.

  • Why people use products that are not approved by FDA?

    Because in spite of the less spectacular results, they work, and they bear less risks.

  • I want to buy Propecia on Amazon, why I can't find it?

    Propecia is a drug sold on prescription only, you cannot buy it over the counter.

  • I know my baldness is hereditary, I need Propecia, but I can't get a prescription, what can I do?

    You cannot buy Propecia without prescription, but you can buy other DHT blockers. They won't be as effective as Propecia, but they are less risky, hence no doctor needed.

  • What are the options for Propecia?

    If you cannot get Propecia, the best options are Procerin, Lipogaine, and Provillus.

  • Do the generic Minoxidil formulations work the same as the brand name formulations, such as Rogaine?

    Some of them work the same, some of them don't, and some of the work for your hair but some of the inactive ingredients can irritate your scalp, or even worse. One of the best generic Minoxidil formulas is the Kirkland's Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength.

Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength Hair Regrowth for Men

Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength Hair Regrowth for Men, 6 Month Supply
Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Extra Strength Hair Regrowth for Men, 6 Month Supply

Kirkland's Minoxidil is a generic product, very similar to Rogaine at a fraction of the cost. Kirkland's products are known to be manufactured at high standards, and all of their generic products are comparable to their brand name competitors. Kirkland is a serious company that wants to stay on the market for the years to come, so they are doing their best to make good effective products, at better prices. Their generic Minoxidil is not different, and it is very effective, and people who tried both Rogaine and Kirkland's Minoxidil witnessed its effectiveness.


Derma skin roller for Hair Care

The dermaroller is one of the best adjuvants to your topical hair growth solution.

What it does the derma skin roller? It helps your scalp in two ways, firstly it helps the product you use to be absorbed easier in the skin, and secondly, it enhances the blood flow at the scalp level, bringing more nutrients to the hair follicles.

HairMax LaserComb

Has been clinically proven to promote hair growth

Safe and simple to use

Results will be noticeable in 8-16 weeks

Use the LaserComb 3 times a week for 10-15 minutes

One of the greatest inventions for your hair health, Laser PhotoTherapy is based on photo-stimulation. Photo-stimulation works with your cells and encourage them to function properly.

Lipogaine Ingredients List

Water, Propylene Glycol, Ethanol, Minoxidil 5%, Azelaic Acid, Retinol, Saw Palmetto Extract, Beta-sitosterol, Oleic Acid, Gamma Linolenic Acid, Alpha Linolenic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Apply Polyphenol, Biotin, Niacin, Adenosine, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphatidylcholine

Rogaine Ingredients List

Active Ingredient: Minoxidil 5% w/v.

Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol 30% v/v, Propylene Glycol 50% v/v, and Purified Water.

Hairomega 3-in-1 Dht-blocking, Nutrient Providing, Circulation Improving Hair Loss Supplement

Hairomega contains Saw Palmetto and Pygeum which both action to block the DHT.

It also contains grape seed extract and Ginkgo Biloba which improve blood flow and help skin and hair health.

Taking this supplement will help your overall health and not only your hair.

Propecia Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Finasteride 1 mg per tablet

Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, talc, docusate sodium, yellow ferric oxide, and red ferric oxide.

Provillus Ingredients List

Ingredients per 2 capsules:

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride) 4mg, Biotin 40 mcg, Magnezium Oxide 56 mg, Zinc oxide 12 mg, Saw Palmetto 1000 mg, Proprietary blend 30 mg- Stinging Nettle, Pumpkin seeds, Eleuthero Root, Uva Ursi, Muira Puama.

Procerin Ingredients


Gotu Kola, Saw Palmetto Berries, Pumpkin Seed Meal, Nettles, Magnesium, Zinc Sulfate, Eleuthero Root , Vitamin B-6, and Muira Puma Root.

Procerin XT Topical Serum:

SD Alcohol 40, Purified Water, Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Alpha Linoleic Acid, Azelaic Acid, Evening Primrose Oil, Avacado Oil, Saw Palmetto Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Gamma Linoleic Acid, Pygeum Bark Extract, Stinging Nettle Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Zinc Sulfate, Pyroxide (Vitamin B6)

Kirkland Minoxidil 5% Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Kirkland Minoxidil 5% w/v.

Inactive ingredients: Alcohol, 30% v/v, propylene glycol, 50% v/v, purified water.

Dutasteride - Avodart

Dutasteride is the active ingredient in Avodart, an fda for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Avodart is probably one of the most efficient drugs for male pattern baldness, the only two problems are that is not approved by the FDA for alopecia treatment, so it is prescribed off-label for hair problems, and can have serious side effects.

One of the side effects is that it can cause serious birth defects in male embryos and fetuses, so handling with extreme care to not expose pregnant women to it is necessary.

A percentage of up to 8% can expect the following side effects: impotence, decreased libido, ejaculation disorders, breast disorders.

Avodart has serious side effects, and it is a prescription medicine, and should only be taken upon the doctor's prescription.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting article. I have a website called "Loss of Hair Helper". I think you may have more helpful information here than I have on my Wordpress site. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Lipogaine is fantastic to regrow and maintaine hair, i have been using with great results after only 3 months.

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      Great information.

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      Some good information. Many thanks. x

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