Although hair loss is most common among men it can also affect women and individuals of all ages and ethnicities. Androgenetic alopecia is a genetically linked, common form of hair loss for both men and women. For men it’s frequently referred to as male-pattern baldness and generally begins above the temples and recedes to form an “M” shape. Male hair loss at the crown of the head is also common. For women with Androgenetic alopecia hair tends to become thinner across the entire scalp and the hair line does not recede as drastically as male androgenetic alopecia hair loss.
Not only does hair loss affect how an individual looks, but it can also have a negative psychological impact. According to the International Journal of Trichology, patterned hair loss often begins in a patient’s twenties and affects nearly 50% of men by the age of 50. Currently finasteride (Propecia®) and minoxidil (Rogaine®) are FDA-approved non-surgical treatments available to prevent future hair loss. However, recent studies also suggest caffeine may benefit patients suffering from Androgenetic alopecia. Researchers found that caffeine can potentially counteract with the miniaturization of the hair follicle caused by dihyderotestosterone (DHT) to promote hair growth by stimulating cell metabolism. From this research it was also determined that caffeine applied topically through a shampoo formulation penetrated the hair follicles quicker than through an interfollicular route. In addition, a topically applied caffeine was also studied and proven to be effective in preventing androgenetic balding in both men and women. In some of our up to date formulas we are now adding caffeine to the mixture and hope that it will be helpful for those patients losing their hair.
Although, this is good news for future hair loss treatments, further studies are still needed to confirm and establish the role caffeine may play for Androgenetic alopecia hair loss. If you would like to learn about additional hair restoration options please contact our office at 404-256-4369. Connect with the Griffin Center of Hair Restoration & Research on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest hair loss news and information.