can I do about the itching and flaking I've noticed
since I started using minoxidil?
Occasionally people will notice flaking with Rogaine
(minoxidil). This can be due to the minoxidil itself
or it can be contact dermatitis if it seems like bad
dandruff or the scalp feels irritated. If your minoxidil
also contains Retin-A, the flaking may be due to increased
skin cell turnover induced by that agent. Nizoral shampoo
often helps with flaking. If it's contact dermatitis,
though, you may need to discontinue or lessen the frequency
of minoxidil applications, or you can also have a compounding
pharmacy make a minoxidil formula using glycerol instead
of propylene glycol, which is usually the problem ingredient.
If irritation persists when using minoxidil or any
topical, it is probably best to discontinue usage.