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Xandrox is a topical 5% Minoxidil solution with Azelaic Acid formulated by Dr Richard Lee, a physician specializing in treating hair loss.

What it is
Xandrox is topical hair growth product that includes 5% Minoxidil and Azelaic Acid. Minoxidil is a proven hair growth stimulant that is the main ingredient in Rogaine. Azelaic Acid is a dietary component of whole grain cereals and animal products. Its properties include inhibiting 5 Alpha Reductase, the enzyme that converts Testosterone into DHT, and antimicrobial.

How it works
Xandrox offers a dual approach to treating hair loss. The Minoxidil stimulates hair growth, and the Azelaic Acid inhibits DHT that causes the hair loss.

What to expect
Minoxidil is proven to stimulate hair growth and works well at growing hair. Azelaic Acid has not been proven to reduce DHT but has been used as an acne medication and does appear to reduce sebum production. The multiple actions of Azelaic acid cause a normalization of keratinization and a decrease in the free fatty acid content of skin surface lipids. Some people prefer Xandrox to Rogaine as the formulation is less greasy than Rogaine since it has less Propylene Glycol. Dr Lee does have a version with no Propylene Glycol for people who don't want to use it at all.

Side effects
Xandrox seems to be well tolerated by most people and has very little itching or flaking that some people experience with Rogaine. Some people however do experience a mild burning sensation from the Azelaic Acid. To counteract this irritation Xandrox also contains Betamethasone Valerate, a corticosteroid. While short term corticosteriod use is no problem, there is evidence that long term use results in thinning of the skin. If you have not had a problem with itching from topicals we recommend that you order Xandrox without the Betamethasone. Dr Lee does make this available and its elimination does not detract from the efficacy of Xandrox.

Xandrox is offered is several formats. Xandrox Day Formula contains 5% Minoxidil and 5% Azelaic Acid with the optional 0.025% Betamethasone Valerate. Xandrox Night Formula
contains all of the above and also includes 0.025% Retinoic Acid (Retin-A). Xandrox 12.5% contains 12.5% Minoxidil and is designed for stubborn areas that don't respond to 5% Minoxidil. Xandrox 12.5% is formulated as a cream and is usually applied to the frontal hair line.

Xandrox is available by prescription only, but Dr Lee does offer online consultations if you are not near his Los Angeles-based practice.


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