Side Effects of Topical Minoxidil
The most common side effects of topical minoxidil are skin rash and irritation. The other common side effect is thickening of body hair.
Skin irritation, rash, scurf and dandruff are signs of inflammation and contact dermatitis on the scalp caused by propylene glycol and alcohol contained in the topical minoxidil formulations.
Usually, skin irritation and rash will appear after using topical minoxidil over several months or several years.
If you experience contact dermatitis, you had better stop using a minoxidil solution for a while, or you might want to dilute the concentration of a minoxidil solution.
You can reduce the concentration of a minoxidil solution for a while. A lower concentration propylene glycol and alcohol might reduce the possibility of inflammation and contact dermatitis on the scalp.
If scalp inflammation persists for a long time, you had better visit a dermatologist for treatment of dermatitis.
After you are cured of contact dermatitis, you can resume topical minoxidil.