Monistat 7 is a cream formula that is FDA-approved for treating fungal skin infections such as vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, and Athlete’s Foot.
However, it has received much attention in recent years for its experimental, yet successful, use as a hair restoration remedy for people who have experienced hereditary premature balding (also known as Androgenetic Alopecia) and people who generally suffer from the thinning and sporadic shedding of hair (1).
This post will discuss the possible benefits of using Monistat 7 for hair regrowth and highlight some of the success stories of using this product. Let’s get started!
How Can Monistat 7 Reverse Hair Loss?
The active ingredient in Monistat 7 is Miconazole Nitrate. This ingredient has been said to have a variety of benefits for increased hair growth.
It Works as an Anti-Fungal
Miconazole nitrate operates by compromising the cell membrane of the fungus, which eventually kills the organism. When fungal infections are cleared the scalp is able to obtain the necessary nutrients that it requires for healthy hair growth.
It Cleanses Clogged Hair Follicles
As an anti-fungal treatment, the active ingredient miconazole nitrate is also able to cleanse clogged hair follicles.
Sebum buildup, which can trap ‘bad’ bacteria and lead to clogging of the pores, is the main reason that hair follicles become clogged. This can lead to suffocation of the follicle or, in severe cases, it may develop into folliculitis (4).
Miconazole nitrate is able to break through the oily buildup, but also compromise any bacterial organisms which are present.
Further, there is reason to believe that the ingredient has a positive impact on blood flow where it is applied topically (5). This can help to strengthen the hair follicle’s connection to the dermal papilla, and therefore ensure an adequate delivery of oxygen and nutrients.
It Treats Dandruff
Speaking of fungal infections and bacteria, let’s take a look at miconazole nitrate’s effects on dandruff.
Dandruff is a scalp condition characterized by white-to-yellow flakes on the scalp (6). The buildup of these flakes can lead to irritation and itching.
And while dandruff is often thought to be caused by dry skin, excess sebum buildup, or even poor hygiene, the truth is that dandruff is actually caused by the excess presence of the yeast Malassezia (7).
How effective is miconazole nitrate in treating dandruff?
A study published in 2011 showed that a miconazole nitrate rinse for the treatment of dandruff was able to disturb the population of Malassezia enough to have a positive impact on dandruff sufferers (8). In face, those who used the rinse began to notice a reduction in symptoms in as little as two weeks.
Hair Regrowth Success Stories With Monistat 7
Most people who have tried Monistat 7 as a hair restoration treatment have reported increased hair growth after just two or three weeks.
Official clinical trials have not yet been conducted into the efficacy of miconazole nitrate as a hair restoration remedy. However, one member of the Long Hair Community forum has posted a protocol outline of their own experiment and invited members to try it for themselves.
The members of the forum were all invited to conduct the experiment, complete with a control measure in place, and to share their own results, which are displayed in a poll on the forum.
Kamilah is a lady from Philadelphia with Afro-Caribbean hair and she has also been using Monistat 7 cream “faithfully” in order to enhance the volume and length of her hair. She says that she was skeptical about trying it at first, because when she initially heard about Monistat 7 for hair restoration only Caucasian people were using it.
She observed extremely noticeable results during her research, however she was still unsure as to whether it would work well for her hair,
Kamilah discusses her full experience and gives photographic evidence of her results with Monistat 7 here.
Is Monistat 7 a Viable Option?
Not everyone who has tried Monistat 7 will readily claim that it improves the condition of their hair, and there are those who are against the practice entirely.
Some doctors have warned that Monistat 7 is not designed for use on the hair and it should only be used as an anti-fungal cream because this is its intended use and it has not been tested for other uses via a strict clinical trial.
Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, who is a consultant dermatologist for cosmetic company L’Oreal Paris gave his opinion to the question posed to him about the effectiveness of Monistat 7 via a beauty blog.
He believes that the anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties of Monistat 7 work effectively for treating dandruff, however he is not convinced that it works for treating hair problems. He believes that supplements such as Biotin and steroid scalp injections are a better solution. He is optimistic that one day a patch will be available for hair loss sufferers.
Possible Side Effects of Miconazole Nitrate
As with any medication, it’s important to understand the potential side effects.
The most common side effects are dermatological, and they include itching, burning, stinging, and general irritation (9).
You may notice redness and/or tenderness at the site of application. If that’s the case, it’s best to discontinue use and speak with your doctor.
It’s also important to keep an eye out for signs of a more severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. The symptoms can include skin reactions (hives, flushed or pale skin), low blood pressure, constriction of the airways (including swelling of the tongue, lips, and/or throat), gastrointestinal distress (nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea), and dizziness or fainting (10).
If you experience these symptoms, it’s important that you seek medical attention immediately.
Monistat 7 cream can exacerbate some medical conditions and interact with certain medications. Before using this treatment it is important that you first consult with a doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have any preexisting medical conditions or if the following are applicable to you:
- You are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or are planning to conceive.
- You are currently using any non-prescription or prescription medicines (particularly anticoagulants, such as warfarin), antibiotics, dietary supplements, or herbal formulations (11).
- You have allergies to certain foods or medicines.
- You have a history of liver disease, blood disease, or HIV.
If you have a sensitive scalp, or if you’re currently using another anti-fungal treatment, it’s best to avoid use of Monistat 7.
Also keep in mind that the use of Monistat 7, or its active ingredient miconazole nitrate, have not been approved for use on the scalp so use at your own risk.
There are many drugs on the market that, while not initially intended for hair growth, have shown to be quite effective in slowing hair loss and even regrowing hair. Monistat 7, also known as miconazole nitrate, is one such drug.
This doesn’t mean Monistat 7 is the right hair loss treatment for you, though.
The anti-fungal, over-the-counter cream has yet to be approved for use on areas of the body other than the vagina. As such, there is no telling just how effective its use really is for hair growth, or if there are long-term side effects to consider.
If you choose to use Monistat 7 on the scalp without the guidance of your doctor, you do so at your own risk.
But if fungal infections are a cause of your hair loss, it’s best to speak with your physician to learn about further treatment options.