capsule (vitamin E supplement) and applied it to your scalp and face? Most of us have used OTC medicines unconventionally for skin and beauty benefits. The latest on the list is Monistat-7.
Monistat-7 is an OTC antifungal medication used to treat yeast infections. But, of late, many beauty vloggers are using Monistat-7 for hair growth. This article digs deep into this unconventional claim to find the truth. Continue reading to learn more.
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What Is Monistat?
Miconazole Nitrate, sold under the brand name Monistat 7, is an antifungal cream used to treat vaginal yeast infections. The suffix 7 is the course’s duration. According to the brand website, CDC recommends this 7-day treatment for pregnant women and those with diabetes. However, it should be used only after consulting with the doctor (1).
Monistat-7 is also used to treat ringworms, jock itch, athlete’s foot, and oral thrush in babies.
Recently, people have also started using Monistat for hair growth. Does it really promote hair growth? Let us find out the truth.
Does Monistat Promote Hair Growth?
There is no scientific research to show that Monistat promotes hair growth. The claims are based on anecdotal evidence.
Monistat contains miconazole nitrate that prevents infections caused by yeasts and gram-positive bacteria (2).
Fungal infection on the scalp causes inflammation, itching, and redness that may harm the hair follicles and trigger hair fall. Usually, doctors prescribe ketoconazole for treating fungal infections on the scalp. Miconazole nitrate has a similar structure and is somewhat effective as ketoconazole in managing topical fungal infections (3). Once the scalp inflammation is gone and it is healthy, hair growth resumes.
That is one reason many people found Monistat-7 beneficial in promoting hair growth. In other words, Monistat-7 may help manage the type of hair loss triggered by scalp infections and not for any other reason.
However, the truth that Monistat-7 is not a proven medicine for promoting hair growth will remain unchanged. If you are keen to give it a try, follow the methods below. Do a patch test to avoid any adverse reactions.
How To Use Monistat For Hair Growth
To use Monistat-7 on your hair:
- Mix equal parts of the cream and water to prepare a 1% solution.
- Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
- Shake well and spray it on your scalp before sleeping.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap.
- Rinse off the solution in the morning.
- Repeat the process 2-3 times a week.
Monistat-7 is generally considered a safe medicine for topical use. However, off-label use may cause some side effects.
Side Effects Of Using Monistat-7 For Hair Growth
Using Monistat-7 on the scalp may cause:
- Skin irritation
- Burning sensation
- Pimple-like bumps
The safety guide published on the manufacturer’s website also warns against unregulated use of Monistat-7. The guide specifies that Monistat-7 is “for vaginal use only (4).” Any other usage should be monitored by a healthcare professional.
Monistat-7 is for treating vaginal yeast infection, and it does not promote hair growth. Unregulated and off-label use of Monistat-7 for other purposes may worsen the condition. Keeping your scalp healthy is crucial for hair growth. If you are experiencing excessive hair fall and skin inflammation, do not self-medicate and consult a doctor for treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should you use Monistat for hair growth?
Though it is not recommended, you can use Monistat 2-3 times a week.
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