Home > Journals > Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia > Past Issues > Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2018 February;153(1) > Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2018 February;153(1):102-6

CURRENT ISSUE
 

ARTICLE TOOLS

Publication history
Reprints
Cite this article as

GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA

A Journal on Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases


Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,311


eTOC

 

REVIEW  


Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2018 February;153(1):102-6

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.17.05781-9

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The use of minoxidil in the treatment of male and female androgenetic alopecia: a story of more than 30 years

Mauro BARBARESCHI

Unit of Dermatology, Department of Medical and Transplantation Physiopathology, Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Foundation, University of Milan, Milan, Italy


PDF  


Even if minoxidil has been known for over 30 years as “hair growth stimulator” the precise mechanism of its action is not completely elucitated. Minoxidil shortens telogen, accelerates telogen-exogen phase and causes the premature entry of resting hair follicles into anagen phase. Moreover, minoxidil increases hair follicle size. A large part of hair treatment scientific literature confirms the efficacy of topically applied minoxidil in humans. In particular, patients treated with minoxidil showed a significant increase in “non vellus” hair count starting from baseline. Preparation of minoxidil requires molecule stability and solubility. Today are available on the market minoxidil-based formulations having low-concentration of propylene glycol to obtain preparations with a better cosmetical acceptance and dermatological safety. The body of evidences indicates that minoxidil still represent a milestone in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia and that its story is going on.


KEY WORDS: Alopecia - Minoxidil - Treatment outcome - Propylene glycol

top of page

Publication History

Issue published online: January 8, 2018
Manuscript accepted: October 3, 2017
Manuscript received: September 7, 2017

Cite this article as

Barbareschi M. The use of minoxidil in the treatment of male and female androgenetic alopecia: a story of more than 30 years. G Ital Dermatol Venereol 2018;153:102-6. DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.17.05781-9

Corresponding author e-mail

mauro.barbareschi@unimi.it