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Retin-A is a prescription drug used for the treatment of several skin conditions

Hair Loss Treatment Type

Endocrine and metabolic treatment (Proper cell function and growth).






Retin-A is a prescription drug used for the treatment of several skin conditions. It is one of the most effective drugs in the treatment of acne. Clinical trials showed a side effect of some hair regrowth. Many doctors claim that when used in conjunction with Rogaine/Minoxidil, it increases the effectiveness over minoxidil alone 10% or more. One of the ways Retin-A works is by ensuring proper functioning of the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands produce sebum on the scalp. Sebum contains DHT which is then reabsorbed into the hair follicles to do further damage. Proper moderation of the sebaceous glands and their production of sebum can help control skin scalp DHT levels, preventing androgen related hair loss. Retin-A also functions to promotes cell growth and ensure the proper functioning of other parts of skin cells.


Claimed Results



Observed Results

Usually vastly increases the effectiveness of minoxidil. One doctor has compared 2% minoxidil combined with Retin-A to 5% minoxidil.


Clinical Results

Several clinical trials have verified Retin-A works for hair loss, especially combined with Minoxidil.



Well tested.


Safety/Side Effects

Primary side effect is scalp irritation, which generally goes away with time. If irritation persists, you probably need to go to a lower strength of Retin-A. 0.025% is the typical strength for hair loss. Strengths above 0.05% are not recommended.





Typical Cost

$20-30 for a typical tube. Can be bought combined with minoxidil with a prescription.


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