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What is the difference between Minoxidil and Nanoxidil?

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. 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.

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 over 250 people for 1 year:

  • 93% noticed a decrease in hair loss
  • 83% saw hair regeneration (measured by the quantity per cm2)
  • 80% saw significant improvement (according to medical evaluation)