New research indicates that coffee could be the secret cure for male baldness. The new discovery reveals that caffeine stimulates the growth of tiny follicles in the scalp in men who are starting to lose their hair. This new finding could mean new treatments and procedures for a condition that affects almost 50% of British men by the age of fifty.
A recently conducted survey of five European countries found that British men were unhappier about being bald as opposed to their European counterparts, but, that they were also too embarrassed by their condition to do anything about it. More than 50% of them said that going bald made them feel old and unattractive.
Published in the International Journal of Dermatology, the study states that caffeine works by blocking the effects of a chemical known to damage hair follicles. However, drinking lots of coffee is not the answer. Estimations made by scientists indicate that around 60 cups a day would be needed for significant amounts of caffeine to actually reach follicles in the scalp. Instead, a German cosmetics firm, Alpecin developed a caffeine-rich solution which can be rubbed on the scalp.
Dr Tobias Fischer at the University of Jena in Germany who carried out the research said, “Caffeine is a well-known substance, yet little is known about its effect on human hair follicle growth. However, this study shows it’s a promising candidate for hair growth stimulation.”
Baldness is caused when hair follicles are exposed to too much dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This is produced by the male hormone testosterone. If there is too much DHT in the blood, the follicles shrink and the hair starts to thin and grows for less time than normal.