How to Use Minoxidil for Eyebrows: Benefits & Side Effects

How to Use Minoxidil for Eyebrows: Benefits & Side Effects

Hair loss could be one of the scariest dreams. There are various reasons why a person loses hair. It could be a genetic reason, a medical condition, or a lifestyle choice. In addition, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies, ageing, and over-plucking might also result in hair loss. 

Hair loss may occur on any part of the body, including the forehead. Losing eyebrow hairs can drastically alter a person’s appearance. Hence, for cosmetic reasons, it is important to have good eyebrow hair growth. Read till the end if you are planning to use Minoxidil for eyebrows and speculating about its effectiveness.

What is Minoxidil?


Minoxidil is used to grow hairs on body parts and is used by both men and women. It is a popular topical hair-promoting treatment that reduces hair thinning and sparse eyebrows (1). 

Minoxidil is a vasodilator that broadens the blood vessels and increases the blood flow. This enhances the concentration of nutrients in the hair follicles and makes them grow strong and thick. At the same time, it also increases oxygen concentration in the hair follicles.

How to use Minoxidil on Eyebrows

Minoxidil on eyebrows

Minoxidil is commonly used on the scalp, but some dermatologists recommend using it on the eyebrows with professional direction (2). Its effectiveness in restoring hair health promotes its usage but utmost care needs to be taken for minimum exposure to the eyes and surrounding areas.

Minoxidil makes new hairs grow in a relatively short period of time and should be used twice a day to increase its efficacy (3). 

Since the skin around the eyes is very delicate, it is usually recommended to use a very small amount so that it doesn’t enter the eyes. 

To enjoy the maximum benefits of Minoxidil, apply it on a daily basis. You can either apply it directly using your finger, or you may put a small amount on the cotton swab and apply it directly to your brow hairs. 

Ensure that extra Minoxidil outside the brow area is wiped away. Wash your hands thoroughly after it.

Benefits of Minoxidil on Eyebrows

Minoxidil is an effective treatment and not many options are available to treat hair loss. It tremendously improves follicle size, hair density, and time in the growth phase. Its effect is observed most in the cases where the hair loss is due to hormonal imbalance. 

Also, the results are more prominent when the usage continues for a long period of time regularly.

Dermatologists usually recommend using a 3 percent concentration initially and increasing it to 5 percent if there is a need. Also, it should be applied before bed and left as it is for the whole night (4).

Side effects of Minoxidil on eyebrows

Minoxidil has some side effects that comprise (5)-

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Dryness  

Also, one needs to be extremely careful about it not entering the eyes. In case Minoxidil enters your eyes, flush the eyes immediately with clean water. If you notice redness or swelling in the eyes, visit an ophthalmologist. 

If Minoxidil reaches other facial parts every day, it may cause scaly skin and the growth of unwanted hairs in those places. A precise manner of application using a cotton swab and removal of extra Minoxidil is therefore essential while using it.

It will be a good idea to consult a medical professional to get detailed instructions on the method of application and amount of Minoxidil.

Precautions to Take While Using Minoxidil on Eyebrows

  • Minoxidil may be unsafe during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Consult a doctor prior to using Minoxidil during these conditions.
  • Do not use Minoxidil without consulting a dermatologist if you have sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.


Minoxidil is an effective hair growth method that reduces hair thinning and makes brow hair fuller. It is important that you consult a doctor to receive guidance on how to use and how much Minoxidil to apply to your eyebrows. 

One important thing to keep in mind is that the effect of Minoxidil takes some time to be visually seen. Hence, you need to patiently continue its usage for several months before you observe its result.

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