Frequently asked questions

Medicinal

  1. I have a very sensitive scalp that reacts with scalp itch or taut sensations to each shampoo. Can you help?
  2. I have tested a lot of anti-dandruff shampoos but have been unable to solve my dandruff problem satisfactorily. What do you recommend?

Energizer

  1. Does drinking coffee help in preventing hair loss?
  2. I have been using Alpecin Liquid for 3 weeks and still haven't noticed any improvement of my hair loss.
  3. I have sensitive skin. How long can I leave the Caffeine Shampoo on the scalp?
  4. I suffer from hereditary hair loss.
    Should I use Alpecin Liquid or Caffeine Shampoo C1 or both?
  5. I have been using Alpecin Liquid for more than a year. No hair has grown back? Is Alpecin Liquid ineffective?
  6. Would it make sense to perform a scalp massage with coffee?
  7. Isn't alcohol harmful?
  8. Is it possible to overdose in a single day based on multiple applications of Alpecin Liquid (e.g. after bathing in the morning and after exercising at night)?
  9. Do I really have to wash my hair every day?
  10. Can I enhance the effect of Caffeine Shampoo, if I leave the shampoo on for longer than 2 minutes?
  11. Apart from Alpecin Liquid, can I use other products such as gel or hair spray?
  12. The recommended usage instructions on the product say "In the morning and after every hair wash, use the dosage tip to directly apply product to towel-dried scalp and massage in."
    Can Alpecin Liquid also be used on dry hair or is it absolutely necessary to wash the hair before application?
  13. Will I need to use the shampoo in the long term?
  14. Do you have to use Alpecin Liquid every day?
  15. For a few weeks, I have been using Alpecin Liquid every day and I am noticing increased hair loss?
  16. Are the caffeine-based Alpecin products also appropriate for women?
  17. Despite the long-term application of Liquid, I still lose a lot of hair? Are there some cases in which the product doesn't work?
  18. When should I begin the caffeine therapy?
  19. What amount is required for proper application?
  20. Are there any possible side effects?
  21. What is the benefit of a scalp massage?
  22. Which shampoo should you use, if you are predisposed for hereditary hair loss but also have a scalp problem (dandruff, oily scalp, sensitive scalp)?
  23. How much caffeine is contained in the Caffeine Shampoo?
  24. Does Alpecin work the same way for all men?
  25. Where does "harmless" dandruff end and psoriasis begin?
  26. What causes dandruff episodes?
  27. What are the ingredients of the caffeine complex?

I have a very sensitive scalp that reacts with scalp itch or taut sensations to each shampoo. Can you help?

Sensitive scalps are an increasingly frequent scalp problem. Alpecin Medicinal Sensitive Shampoo was specially developed for such cases. Even people suffering from neurodermatitis recommend Alpecin Sensitive Shampoo. A clinical study by the University of Jena has shown that scalp problems such as redness and eczema decreased significantly after only 3 weeks. For more information, please visit http://www.alpecin.de/en/research/studies.php

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I have tested a lot of anti-dandruff shampoos but have been unable to solve my dandruff problem satisfactorily. What do you recommend?

Dandruff is frequently the result of a scalp imbalance. The scalp is easily irritated and reacts through increased dandruff. We recommend our scalp care product Alpecin Medicinal Forte in connection with the Anti-dandruff Medicinal Shampoo Concentrate.

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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 reaches the scalp and the hair roots directly. 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 roots with enough caffeine.

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I have been using Alpecin Liquid for 3 weeks and still haven't noticed any improvement of my hair loss.

It takes a certain time until the hair roots regenerate. Normally, increased hair loss should noticeably decrease after a period of about 3 to 4 months.

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I have sensitive skin. How long can I leave the Caffeine Shampoo on the scalp?

In principle, the longer you leave the shampoo on the scalp, the more intensive the effect of the caffeine. However, this may increase the risk of scalp redness especially for sensitive scalps. Therefore, you should pay close attention to how your scalp reacts, when you leave the product on longer. Normally, 2 to 5 minutes should be enough to activate the hair roots.

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I suffer from hereditary hair loss.
Should I use Alpecin 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 Liquid is by all means recommended.

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I have been using Alpecin Liquid for more than a year. No hair has grown back? Is Alpecin Liquid ineffective?

The effect of Alpecin Liquid is aimed at the viable hair roots. The caffeine complex strengthens existing yet weakened hairs or hair roots. It is not a hair growth tonic.

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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 into the hair follicles.

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Isn't alcohol harmful?

First of all, alcohol is not unhealthy and has no negative effect on hair. Thanks to alcohol, Alpecin is quickly absorbed and transports the active ingredients even through oily skin layers. This is important if Alpecin is to be used daily without washing the hair every day as well. Water alone cannot do this; it would drip off.

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Is it possible to overdose in a single day based on multiple applications of Alpecin Liquid (e.g. after bathing in the morning and after exercising at night)?

No, the amount of caffeine absorbed via the scalp and hair sheath corresponds to approximately half a cup of coffee. This is absolutely safe even for people who react sensitively to caffeine. In addition, the active ingredient is applied locally to the scalp; the quantities that disseminate throughout the organism from there are negligible.

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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 to the hair roots based on a shampoo formula.

The caffeine remains detectable for up to 24 hours. As a result, regular application of caffeine shampoo activates the hair roots in a sustainable manner, thereby creating the prerequisite for vigorous and healthy hair growth. Alternatively, you should massage Alpecin Liquid into the scalp on the days you do not wash your hair to provide your hair roots with sufficient growth energy.

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Can I enhance the effect of Caffeine Shampoo, if I leave the shampoo on for longer than 2 minutes?

Leaving the product on for a longer period of time also boosts caffeine absorption in the scalp. A study by the Charité university clinic in Berlin has shown that absorption of the active ingredient increases for a period of up to 30 minutes that the product is left on the scalp. After that, penetration via the skin surrounding the follicles has increased to such an extent that additional caffeine availability is ensured for up to about eight hours. If you leave the product on the scalp for longer than 2 minutes, you should check your scalp type and scalp condition. Depending on your scalp's sensitivity, leaving the product on excessively long can result in temporary redness. For further information, please visit www.caffeine-shampoo.com

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Apart from Alpecin Liquid, can I use other products such as gel or hair spray?

Yes, after massaging your scalp with Alpecin Liquid, wait about 3 minutes until the product is absorbed; then use your styling product.

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The recommended usage instructions on the product say "In the morning and after every hair wash, use the dosage tip to directly apply product to towel-dried scalp and massage in."
Can Alpecin Liquid also be used on dry hair or is it absolutely necessary to wash the hair before application?

Alpecin Liquid can also be used on dry hair. It is important that the liquid be applied directly to the scalp with the dosage tip and that it be massaged in. Since the liquid penetrates the scalp quickly, you can then style your hair as usual. Be sure to avoid contact with the eyes. Based on the alcohol and menthol content, the liquid may cause a brief tingle, which subsides quickly.

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Will I need to use the shampoo in the long term?

Basically yes. Due to the product's dual action, i.e. the simultaneous effect against dandruff and hair loss, the shampoo prevents premature hair loss, maintains the hair and removes pesky dandruff. Both causes are sustained, which means that the hereditary predisposition as well as the risk of skin irritation and dandruff due to microorganisms and sebum will remain for life.

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Do you have to use Alpecin Liquid every day?

The caffeine complex quickly penetrates the hair roots where it develops a depot effect that lasts up to 24 hours. To consistently provide the hair roots with sufficient growth energy and to protect them against the negative impacts of testosterone, daily application is absolutely important.

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For a few weeks, I have been using Alpecin Liquid every day and I am noticing increased hair loss?

In rare cases, stronger hair loss can occur temporarily. This process is called "shedding." Based on an intensive scalp massage, hairs that are in their resting phase anyway can be massaged out of the follicles at an increased rate. However, after a brief period of time, this increased hair loss is reduced and the hair growth cycles can regenerate.

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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 also be used by women.

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Despite the long-term application of Liquid, I still lose a lot of hair? Are there some cases in which the product doesn't work?

The effectiveness of all products depends on the metabolism of the individual. Even the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals is not guaranteed, because each individual reacts differently. Some effects are also not perceived immediately, e.g. severe hair loss may be reduced but is still slightly higher than normal.

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When should I begin the caffeine therapy?

If you have a genetic predisposition, application should start as early as possible, i.e. after puberty. At this point in time, the male hormone testosterone will develop its negative impact on the hair roots' energy supply and shorten the hairs' growth phases until they fall out prematurely. If you wish to know whether you are at risk, determine your personal hair loss risk at www.balding-calculator.com

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What amount is required for proper application?

Dosage is easiest when the dosage tip is used to apply the liquid directly to the scalp, parting by parting, so that it can be massaged into the entire scalp. The areas around the forehead and the back of the head, which are particularly at risk, should be treated thoroughly. Nevertheless, areas with full hair growth should not be neglected either.

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Are there any possible side effects?

Liquid is a cosmetic product that is subject to the regulations of the European Cosmetics Directive. Pursuant to this directive, cosmetics products must be free of side effects, which also applies to Liquid by Alpecin.

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What is the benefit of a scalp massage?

Based on a scalp massage, the active ingredients are better absorbed by the scalp and the hair root, thereby forming active ingredient reserves (depot). Moreover, the gentle pressure helps in better loosening the top layer of dandruff.

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Which shampoo should you use, if you are predisposed for hereditary hair loss but also have a scalp problem (dandruff, oily scalp, sensitive scalp)?

In this case, you should massage Alpecin Liquid into the scalp daily to prevent hereditary hair loss. To wash your hair, you should use the appropriate Alpecin Shampoo for your scalp problem:

A1 – for normal and dry scalps

A2 – for oily scalps

A3 – against dandruff

S1 – for sensitive scalps

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How much caffeine is contained in the Caffeine Shampoo?

With regard to the hair wash, the quantity of caffeine absorbed by the body is about one-fifth of a cup of coffee or 50 ml of Coca-Cola. This is completely safe, even for people who react sensitively to caffeine.

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Does Alpecin work the same way for all men?

The efficacy of Alpecin always depends on the regular application of the product and the individual constitution of the scalp. In addition, other factors can also accelerate hair loss: Physical stress, fast food, environmental toxins, psychosomatic factors, stress, vitamin deficiencies, job-related impacts (e.g. wearing a safety helmet).

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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.

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What causes dandruff episodes?

Dandruff episodes are due to special sensitivity of the scalp.
For instance, at the start of the heating season, the dry ambient air can cause increased dandruff. If the occurrence of dandruff remains permanent, it can be interpreted as a dermatological symptom, e.g. for psoriasis. In that case, you should consult a physician.

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What are the ingredients of the caffeine complex?

The caffeine complex is an active ingredient formula from caffeine, the trace element zinc, vitamin A and niacin.

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