1. Hatim.
    February 2, 2017 @ 5:09 am

    Minoxidil liquid or foam in which one is good and better results for growth my beard hair?

  2. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    April 18, 2013 @ 2:06 am


    I think the reason why you have not been able to find an easier answer is because the issue hasn’t really been researched clinically. Frankly, all evidence I’ve seen seems to indicate that the 5% foam solution is as effective as the 5% liquid solution. However, I believe the real research was completed on whether or not minoxidil is an effective hair loss medication, and not whether the liquid or foam is more effective.

    What’s more, I have not personally seen any evidence that propylene glycol treats hair loss on its own. Altogether, I feel like both are equally effective, and it really breaks down to personal preference in the end.

    Hope this helps!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Forum Co-Moderator

  3. MntnMan62
    April 16, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    I have been using the topical solution for years. My barber has said my hair has looked thicker and fuller. I had used both the Rogaine version and the Kirkland version during that time period. Recently, with the foam version coming out, my wife bought me the foam. I have not had any “shedding” and I have not yet noticed any difference. However, my inquisitive nature compels me to ask the question “which one is better?”

    What I have found on the many sites that I have found on this topic, much of the discussion surrounds preference with the type of application relative to its ease of use. I could care less about ease of use. I care more about effectiveness. I also see many people talking about reactions to this formulation or that. Again, I have not had a negative reaction to either version so that too does not concern me.

    I have heard people say that the foam is more effective for various reasons, with much of the discussion surrounding propolyne glycol or the lack of it. I have heard people say that PPG itself can regrow hair. I have heard people say that PPG is a more effective method of delivery to the hair folicals.

    What I really want to know is, assuming you follow the directions for each, and you don’t have adverse reactions to either and you don’t have a preference of one over the other, WHICH ONE IS MORE EFFECTIVE SCIENTIFICALLY THAN THE OTHER. Take all of the other nonsense out of it. Which one works better. I can’t seem to get that question answered without someone raising things that I don’t find relevant. Maybe the answer is not out there. If that is the case, then so be it. But I have not once heard anyone, doctors or otherwise, answer this question in a straightforward manner. I don’t care about studies done by the manufacturer. too much room for bias.

    Anyone who can properly respond to this question would be doing me, and probably a ton of other men out there, a world of help. Thanks in advance.

  4. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    October 15, 2012 @ 12:18 am


    Both Rogaine Liquid for Men and Rogaine Foam contain 5% minoxidil and therefore should be equally as effective. Some men have claimed that the foam is more effective.

    The reason that some men feel that the foam is more effective may be directly related to its ease of use and the fact that it does not irritate the skin. When a product is easier to apply, men are more apt to use it twice daily as directed.


  5. Dominic
    October 13, 2012 @ 3:13 am

    I bought rogaine liquid only yesterday but I already using it maybe a few years ago but I discontinue using it after I finish one bottle. just want to ask of this foam kind of minoxidil is it more effective than the liquid kind? as for when I am buying I didn’t see any available foaming king of minoxidil. I will continue using it until I saw some changes. hope it will work to me.

  6. Heny
    October 10, 2012 @ 1:36 am

    Rogaine Liquid seems to be working for me. I dont use the droper that it comes with I simply put it in a small spray bottle and spray the areas taht are thinning, then I simply blot the area with my fingers so that it does not drip.

  7. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    April 2, 2012 @ 2:35 pm


    While you could definitely explore the liquid option, most hair loss sufferers do prefer the foam version. Many individuals claim the foam is simply easier to use and work into the hair, and others claim that it prevents some of the “running” associated with the liquid version. Additionally, if the foam version is working for you, and you’ve had adverse effects with the liquid, it’s difficult to recommend switching to another product.

    Good luck!

    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  8. Ranjan
    March 30, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    When I use foam, most of it gets stuck to hair. I need to use large quantity to make sure I get some on the scalp as I have thick long (but sparse) hair in many areas. A 1 month supply lasts only 20-25 days even with only once/day use. I am seeing good results with foam. So wondering if switching to liquid is a good idea or not. The kirkland brand liquid I used in past gave me itching and redness. Hope Rogaine brand liguid will be better.

  9. sh
    March 23, 2012 @ 3:31 am

    hi dear
    i have 2 bottle of rogaine foam 55 that thir expire date is 03/2012.can i use them after expire date?
    tnanks a lot

  10. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    October 28, 2011 @ 4:33 am


    Pimples are not a known side effect of Rogaine (minoxidil). I advise you to discontinue use and consult your physician.

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  11. harpp
    October 24, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    I just started using Rogaine foam, and ive started to get a lot of pimples on my forehead and scalp. Is this a good thing? or should i stop using Rogaine?

  12. Blake aka - FutureHTDoc
    August 16, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

    RE Wallace,

    I wrote a reply to your question in another thread. Please see my response here:


    Blake (Future_HT_Doc)
    Editorial Assistant

  13. David aka - TakingthePlunge
    August 16, 2010 @ 2:24 am

    RE Wallace,

    Some patients report temporary shedding when switching from one form of Rogaine to another. Both products contain the same active ingredient (5% minoxidil) and theoretically should produce them same results in the long term.

    Since it takes up to 4 months to recover from a shed, you may not know for quite a while if the hair loss you are now experiencing is temporary or permanent.

    If returning to liquid Rogaine is not an option, you may benefit from weaning yourself off of the liquid to the foam slowly by using one in the morning and the other at night until your shedding subsides.

    One of the downsides to Rogaine Foam is the overpowering scent that many men find unappealing. There are rumors that an unscented version is in the works but it is not yet available.

    Best of luck,

    David (TakingThePlunge)

  14. RE Wallace
    August 9, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    I was using Rogaine liquid for about four months with really encouraging results. Hair was growing back, and I completely stopped losing any existing hair.

    About a month ago, I switched to Rogaine foam. I am now losing a significant amount of new hair. I can see the little inch-long hairs on my fingers after I apply foam or wash my hair, and this never used to happen.

    I also notice the odor of the foam more than the liquid.

    I have checked to make sure that the foam is within the expiration date.

    Has anyone else had this experience?

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