Can Minoxidil actually make Alopecia Areata looks worse?

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Treatments for AA- A closer look at minoxidil

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Anything that stimulates hair growth can initially make hair worse. 

Most of the time if a patient tells me they used minoxidil and it got worse, it's actually there alopecia areata that was in a very active phase at the time of the minoxidil was first used. It's unusual for minoxidil to actually make the AA worse. 


Vancouver Dermatologist

Other Hair Loss Options

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Initially, it can lead to enhanced shedding. I recommend an evaluation with a hair loss expert. There are many options including: PRP and Progesterone injections to the scalp. See an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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