Rogaine for Eyebrows – Is It Safe & Does It Work?

By Emily M.| Last updated on July 17, 2023
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⏱️ 5 min read

Since a fuller eyebrow look has been trending, everyone started searching for ways to increase hair growth. One of the viral trends has been Rogaine – a hair growth serum primarily meant for the scalp.

But, does it work on the eyebrows too? And more importantly, is it safe?

Keep on reading as we investigate using Rogaine for eyebrows.

What Is Rogaine?

Rogaine has become a synonym for minoxidil, which is used to remedy hair loss due to illness, although it was originally created to treat high blood pressure.

When it comes to hair regrowth, the most common method is to lather the minoxidil foam into the scalp.

It works by shortening the resting phase of the hair and pushing it into the growing phase. There has also been some evidence to suggest that it can help make the hair thicker. It doesn’t enter the bloodstream, and the kidneys filter it out in about 4 days.

The effects take 2 to 4 months to appear – but they do emerge eventually.

Minoxidil is one of the best solutions for enhancing hair growth and that’s something experts agree on.

So, if you want to boost your hair growth, by all means go for Rogaine.

But if you want to use it for your brows, take a step back and read on – it’s not the best option.

Will Rogaine Grow Eyebrows?

In short, yes but there are a lot of risks.

In the previous section, we explained how Rogaine works by helping the hair switch between the growth and resting phases quickly.

The same principle will work no matter where you apply the minoxidil, but the scalp is by far the most popular target. However, using Rogaine on eyebrows is becoming more popular… But it shouldn’t.

Now you’re probably wondering – if minoxidil is FDA-approved for people of the age of 18 and sold over the counter – what’s the harm? Let’s explain.

Can I Use Minoxidil for Eyebrows?

Like we said, Rogaine is perfectly safe for use on the scalp. But using it on the brows is an off-label use that’s not really recommended.

The skin on your head is much, much thicker than the one on your face. The face is also more sensitive – especially around the eyes, with eyelids being one of the thinnest-skinned areas of the body.

That is why most experts advise against using Rogaine for brows.

The biggest threat is that the serum could drip down your brows and come in contact with the eyes. And even the label says that it should be immediately washed out with cold water if that happens. Basically, you need to treat it like a chemical burn.

Risks of Using Rogaine to Grow Eyebrows

Some side effects that have been known to happen include impaired eyesight and, in extreme cases, even blindness.

The study on whether Rogaine helps to boost eyebrow growth has shown that it does – almost all of the participants came out of it with more luscious brows.

However, that study failed to do an eye exam and explain whether minoxidil had any negative effects on the participants’ sight.

Another, thankfully less dramatic side effect of using Rogaine on the face is dryness and irritation. One of Rogaine’s ingredients is alcohol, and you know how important it is to minimize using it in facial skincare.

Since it causes your skin to dry more quickly, it can cause irritation, redness, and flakiness. It also makes the area more susceptible to sunburns.

So, we advise (and dermatologists agree) you’re better off not using rogaine on eyebrows.

What to Do Instead of Using Rogaine for Eyebrows

The thick natural eyebrow is trending and has been for a while now. This means that the market for brow growth serums is absolutely booming! You’ll be able to find alternatives to Rogaine after just a quick search, and in doing so save yourself from the numerous risks.

There is a wide range of products that are perfectly safe to be used on the face and around the eyes, so here’s what we recommend:

I’ve Tried Brow Serums and They Don’t Cut It. What Do I Do?

In some cases, people opt to try Rogaine for brows as a last resort after traditional serums didn’t give them the thickness they wanted. Eyebrows that are too thin for your liking could be a result of many different factors, such as illness, overplucking, or just genetics.

Thankfully, there are other ways you can achieve that full look without risking the side effects of Rogaine.

But you should first look into whether some practices or habits are damaging your brows, like excessive plucking.

Try plucking in dimmer lighting to avoid overplucking. Don’t press too hard with eyebrow pencils and makeup brushes, it can stunt growth. Also, be mindful of what kind of cleanser you use – the milder the better.

Then, you can try:

Natural Remedies

Certain natural oils have been proven to promote hair growth. The only potential problem here is that oils are heavier than foams and serums, which might deter some people. If that’s a non-issue for you, here’s what you can try:

  • Castor,
  • Coconut,
  • Olive,
  • Rosemary,
  • Lavender,
  • Peppermint.

Read more about how natural oils boost brow growth here, and see our picks below:

Professional Treatments

If nothing else works, you can always book an appointment with a professional permanent makeup artist to fix your eyebrow woes.

There are many treatments that can help your natural brows grow out better and healthier, mainly microneedling. Red light therapy is also something that’s being used more and more. Both take time to work, though.

Learn more about microneedling here, and about red light therapy here.

If you don’t want to wait, the fail-proof solution is microblading. This is an advanced version of the eyebrow tattoo, in which a blade consisting of several small needles is dragged through the skin, implementing pigments and replicating the natural hair look.

Read all about it in our guide.

Finally, you can get an eyebrow transplant. This is a more invasive surgical solution that includes taking the hair from somewhere else on the body (usually the head) and transplanting it onto the eyebrow to boost growth.

Find more information here.

Key Takeaways

If there’s anything we hope you learned from this article it’s this: don’t use anything that’s not meant to go around the eyes, around the eyes.

Rogaine has proven to work great when it comes to renewing hair and boosting its growth, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to use on any part of the body.

The risks of using minoxidil on the face are far too big to be ignored, so it’s best to go for an eyebrow serum that was intended for use around sensitive eye skin. Some other alternatives you can try include natural oils and professional treatments.

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