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What is the difference between Minoxidil and Nanoxidil?

Wednesday 26 November 2014
A common question is what exactly is the difference between Minoxidil and Nanoxidil (ingredient of the lotion Spectral.DNC-N). In this article, we will go into detail about the answer to this question.

Minoxidil is a drug that was initially developed against hypertension. Clinical studies have shown that the test subjects got stronger hair growth because of the use of Minoxidil. As a lotion, it is one of the most well known treatments against hair loss. However, apart from this excellent effect, Minoxidil comes with a lot of side effects, such as heart problems, headaches, acne and local irritation. Because Minoxidil is an antihypertensive drug with hair growth as side effect, it can only be gotten from pharmacies with a prescription in the Netherlands. Women are more sensitive to Minoxidil, that is why it is recommended that women use a maximum concentration of 2%.

Nanoxidil was especially developed to maximize the stimulation of hair growth, by taking away the side effects of Minoxidil as a lotion and to surpass the effectiveness of stimulating hair growth. The difference between Minoxidil and Nanoxidil is mainly the difference in molecular structure. The agent Nanoxidil, which is responsible for opening the ion channels, has a larger molecular weight than Minoxidil. This is the reason it is absorbed better by the skin. Clinical studies have shown that Nanoxidil has much fewer side effects than Minoxidil. Nanoxidil lotions are now allowed to be sold as a cosmetic product. Also, women may use it in the strength of 5%.

The lotion Spectral.DNC-N contains, apart from Nanoxidil, various ingredients to promote the absorption and to improve the hair growth in multiple ways. Minoxidil lotions however usually only contain Minoxidil. Additional substances that stimulate hair growth include Adenosine, Aminexil, procyanide B2 and copper peptides.

Spectral.DNC-N with Nanoxidil has been clinically tested for safety and effectiveness in both men and women. After 2 months, 95% of the participants indicated to have noticed a significant decrease in hair loss, 75% noticed the hair was growing faster. No side effects were found. In fact, the participants reported that their scalp felt healthier.