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ALPEcin is marketed under several names, such as DHT FREE, DHT-Free, androgenetic, and pre-scalp. The official brand is called ALPEcin SR, a generic version of the brand name. It is used in many men’s shampoos and conditioners. This review concentrates on the brand’s website, and my personal experience with buying Alpecin products.
ALPECIN USER SUPPLY The websites for both the brand and the company claim that they provide “quality, value and support” to customers. On the Alpecin UK homepage, they state “ALPECIN is a hair conditioner which contains a combination of herbal extracts and vitamins to promote the health of the scalp and stop thinning of the hair”. Also on the same page, they advertise their products as being “used to treat a variety of hair conditions, including hair loss and acne”. In addition to these claims, they sell shampoo and conditioners, gels, and other health and beauty products. Caffeine is a common ingredient in most of their products, so it is surprising that they sell health products based on caffeine and don’t list other ingredients.
ALPECIN USER SUPPLY The company website includes a list of the various ailments and diseases that the products can be used for. These include “the female variety of alopecia, also known as female pattern baldness”, “problems relating to enlarged prostrates, bladder control, sexual dysfunction and kidney disorders”. There is no indication on the Alpecin website about what problems they are hoping to address through the use of their shampoo or conditioners. They do not list any conditions for which their products are recommended.
SENSORY ALCOCIABILITY There is one major problem with the way in which Alpecin caffeine shampoo is advertised. The advertisement is accompanied by a picture of a man whose head appears to be gradually falling off. This man has been portrayed repeatedly on television and in films as someone who is experiencing or having problems with hair loss, usually due to male pattern baldness.
This image has been widely adopted by television ad agencies as images of male baldness are more powerful than images of female pattern baldness. It is not surprising then that a product that is supposed to help prevent the loss of hair should also cause hair loss. However, this is exactly what happens when a person uses Alpecin as a hair loss prevention product. Alpecin mentions on its own web site that the active ingredient in their shampoo “is a unique combination of natural extracts, including alfalfa and chamomile, to prevent the breakdown of hair follicle cells leading to thinning”. However, there is no suggestion in the advertisements or company literature as to what these alfalfa and chamomile extracts can do to help a person stop the hair loss.
Similarly, there is no adequate evidence that Alpecin can reduce hair loss caused by DHT. In the uk news, there have been numerous reports over the last few years of women losing their hair as a direct result of taking Alpecin. Although it is unlikely that Alpecin will help to prevent the eventual death of follicles that have already ceased to function, the fact that it is a drug makes it difficult to predict whether a drug, even one as innocuous as Alpecin, might damage a patient’s health. One thing is clear though: Alpecin users do appear to be in a highly hazardous situation where they are taking a potentially harmful drug in the name of preventing hair loss. This situation will only increase if further research into Alpecin is not done quickly.
The next drug on the list in the UK news is called Biotin, which is claimed by some to be able to reverse ageing. Biotin has recently been featured in numerous celebrity news stories, most notably in the Daily Mail. While there appears to be some evidence of its effectiveness in reversing hair loss, like Alpecin, Biotin has yet to be approved by the FDA for this purpose. At best, Biotin may well serve as an extra bonus for those who don’t want to end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Finally, we come across yet another potential miracle drug from the UK news. It seems that some people in Japan believe that they have found a way to prolong human life. They are aiming to use ginkgo biloba extract, from a tree that grows only in Japan, to promote healthy life extension. As with Alpecin, there is no evidence to support this method of extending life, though. But while Japanese scientists may not be able to find a way to stop aging entirely, they might be close.