Further literature

Caffeine and hair growth

  • “Caffeine's mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use”

    Herman, A.; Herman, A. P.; Skin Pharmacol. Physiol. 2013, 26, 8-14.

    Review article on caffeine which, given its high bioactivity and main penetration properties, is used in a variety of applications for skin and hair care. 


  • “Analysis of the penetration of a caffeine containing shampoo into the hair follicles by in vivo laser scanning microscopy”

    Lademann, J.; Richter, H.; Schanzer, S.; Klenk, A.; Sterry, W.; Patzelt, A.; Laser Physics 2010, 20, 551-556.

    This study analysed the penetration and storage of a caffeine-containing shampoo in the hair follicles by in vivo laser scanning microscopy. 

Female hair loss

  • “Systematic approach to hair loss in women”

    Trüeb, R. M.; J. Dtsch. Dermatol. Ges. 2010, 8. 284-298.

Hair growth mechanism, cAMP, testosterone, 5α-DHT, 5α-reductase

  • “Coffein – Genussmittel und Arzneistoff”

    Nieber, K.; Felke, S.; Schmalz, A.; Pharm. Ztg. 2007, 4, 16-22.

    Review article on caffeine as a natural stimulant and active ingredient.

Influence on the hair cycle, hair growth/hair loss

  • “The hair follicle as a dynamic miniorgan”

    Schneider, M. R.; Schmidt-Ullrich, R.; Paus, R.; Curr. Biol. 2009, 19, 132-142.

    Review article on the structure and biology of the hair follicle. 

  •  “Stress and the hair follicle”

    Botchkarev, V. A.; Am. J. Pathol. 2003, 162, 709-712.

    This article deals with endogenous impulses or stress factors that influence the hair follicle.