General
Questions and answers

  1. What are the ingredients of the proprietary caffeine complex?

    The proprietary caffeine complex is an active ingredient formula from caffeine, along with the trace element zinc and niacin.

  2. Does Alpecin work the same way for all patients suffering from hair loss?

    The effectiveness of Alpecin always depends on regular application and the individual constitution of the scalp. Alpecin works independent from hormones and therefor has no undesired side effects.

  3. Where can I purchase Alpecin products?

    Alpecin products are available at most drugstores and supermarkets. Please refer to Store Locator for more information.

  4. Does drinking coffee help in preventing hair loss?

    Since you ingest coffee orally, it will first pass through the gastrointestinal organs to be absorbed by the organism at a later time. Subsequently, it is distributed throughout the body and only a tiny quantity may reach the scalp. As a result, a local and direct supply of caffeine is meaningful and necessary. Even the consumption of 50 cups of coffee would not provide the hair with enough caffeine.

  5. I suffer from premature hair loss. Should I use Alpecin Caffeine Liquid or Caffeine Shampoo C1 or both?

    For a more intensive prevention effort, it makes sense to use both products. Especially for people who do not wash their hair on a daily basis, the additional use of Alpecin Caffeine Liquid is by all means recommended.

  6. Would it make sense to perform a scalp massage with coffee?

    Caffeine from coffee is not able to penetrate the scalp or the hair follicle. This requires a special carrier base (galenics) that transports the active ingredients to the location where they can develop their effect.

    Our scientists have researched this area for a long time, and they have now succeeded in developing a method for transporting caffeine all the way along the hair shaft into the hair.

  7. Do I really have to wash my hair every day?

    Although shampoos were used almost exclusively to cleanse scalp and hair in the past, Dr. Wolff Research has now succeeded in developing a method for transporting caffeine all the way along the hair shaft into the hair based on a shampoo formula.

    The caffeine remains detectable for up to 24 hours. As a result, regular application of caffeine shampoo stimulates the hair, thereby creating the prerequisite for vigorous and healthy hair growth.

    Alternatively, you should massage Alpecin Caffeine Liquid into the scalp on the days you do not wash your hair to keep up the 24 hours caffeine depot.

  8. Are the caffeine-based Alpecin products also appropriate for women?

    Alpecin products were specifically developed for the requirements of male scalps, which is also reflected by the fragrance and the very masculine packaging. However, the caffeine-based active ingredient complex is also effective in women, so that the products can be used by both men and women.

  9. When should a hair loss patient begin with caffeine therapy?

    If you have a predisposition, application should start as early as possible, i.e. after puberty.

  10. What happens if a patient interrupts the caffeine treatment? Will he lose more hair? How long do I need to continue the treatment?

    The regular application of the Alpecin Caffeine Complex is important to help prevent hair loss, also in the long run.

    If the treatment is interrupted, the hair will “fall back” to it’s original condition and fall out prematurely.

  11. Where does "harmless" dandruff end and psoriasis begin?

    There is no clear-cut dividing line. Cosmetic dandruff usually occurs across the entire scalp.

    Dandruff is somewhat larger for oily scalps and primarily small for dry scalps.

    You may be suffering from psoriasis, if dandruff occurs in very limited skin areas. On the scalp, dandruff will often manifest itself in the peripheral hair growth areas such as around the ears and in the back of the neck. Frequently, increased dandruff also occurs in other areas of the body, such as the elbows or the legs.

  12. How does dandruff occur?

    A very long time ago, sebum was meant to waterproof the hair and skin and protect humans from the cold. Since humans wear clothes, this function has become superfluous. In addition, germs and microorganisms that naturally occur on the skin use sebum as a source of nutrition. Degradation products of sebum irritate the skin, make it itch and accelerate the formation of the keratinous layer. The consequence is dandruff. Due to subsequently released sebum, these skin cells stick together to form large, visible skin flakes.

  13. Why hair loss?

    Many men notice hair loss which begins early during puberty. This hair loss is mostly due to hypersensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It weakens predisposed hair roots in the scalp. This shortens the hair growth phases and terminates their life prematurely. If more and more hair roots die in this manner, baldness will be the result.

    Additional factors which can also speed up hair loss: physical strain, environmental toxins, psychosomatic problems, stress and vitamin deficiencies.

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