Diffuse hypertrichosis during treatment with 5% topical minoxidil

A. M. Peluso, C. Misciali, C. Vincenzi, A. Tosti

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Five women affected by androgenetic alopecia developed severe hypertrichosis of the face and limbs after 2-3 months of treatment with 5% topical minoxidil. Minoxidil was discontinued and in all patients the hypertrichosis disappeared from the face and arms after 1-3 months, and from legs after 4-5 months. Systemic absorption of minoxidil, and a high sensitivity to minoxidil of the follicular apparatus in these areas, is hypothesized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-120
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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