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Advangen FAQ

1. Who should use Advangen’s products?
Advangen’s products should benefit most people who want healthier, thicker hair. While the extent of the benefit from using the products will vary depending on individual factors, approximately 50% of the users to date reported noticeable improvement in their hair volume and condition.

2. Who should not use Advangen’s products?
People who do not want increased hair volume, people with eczema and other skin conditions on their scalp or with open scalp wounds should not use Advangen’s products. If in doubt, please ask your doctor.

3. How do I know this product is safe?
Advangen subjects all of its products to the same rigorous safety testing ordinarily reserved for human medicines. This testing is conducted both in the laboratory and in human clinical trials before any products are sold. In addition, more than 500,000 bottles of scalp lotion has been sold in Japan since 2008 with no reported adverse effects.

4. Users of other hair loss products have reported serious and permanent side-effects including sterility, low libido and impotence; how can I be sure that Advangen products will not cause such problems?

The products which cause sterility and sexual dysfunction do so because they interfere with sex hormones such as testosterone. Advangen’s products have active ingredients that do not inhibit sex hormones- they prevent hair loss by a completely different mechanism. Please see the section on Hair Cycle and Hair Loss on this website for further information.

5. Is Advangen safe for men and women to use?
Yes. Both men and women can benefit from using Advangen’s products. The Jo-Ju shampoo can be used by men and women. Lexilis scalp lotion is for men while Jo-Ju scalp lotion is for women.

6. What side effects can I expect?
No side-effects have been documented in relation to using Advangen’s products to date. Advangen’s products have been sold in Japan since 2008 with over 500,000 scalp lotions used within that period. There have been no reports of any adverse events.

7. Are Advangen’s hair loss treatments suitable for alopecia?
Advangen’s products are helpful in preventing hair loss, including in some forms of alopecia. However, the effectiveness of Advangen products will be dependent on the type, stage and severity of alopecia. Advangen products may assist patients suffering from alopecia but other treatments may also be necessary to achieve complete regrowth. Patients suffering alopecia should consult their doctor about the course of treatment that is appropriate to their situation.

8. What about allergies/skin sensitivities?
Advangen’s products are formulated to be as gentle as possible on the skin. However, as for any new product that you use on your body, you should always be vigilant for unexpected reactions. If you experience any adverse reactions, wash the affected area thoroughly with running water and discontinue use. Do not use if you are suffering from eczema or any other chronic skin condition or have open wounds on your scalp.

9. Can I use Advangen’s products if I have eczema or other skin conditions?
No. You should not start using Advangen’s products if you are suffering eczema or other inflammatory conditions.  Consult your doctor if you are unsure about using Advangen’s products.

10. What about dandruff?
Advangen’s products do not treat dandruff. Advangen’s products may be used in conjunction with dandruff treatments, so long as these treatments do not specify otherwise.

11. Will Advangen’s products enhance growth of unwanted facial and body hair?
The structure and nature of the facial and fine body hair is different to that of the scalp. It is called vellus hair and Advangen’s products do not affect the growth of vellus hair.

12. Will using Advangen’s hair loss treatment change the colour of my hair?
No, your hair will retain its current colour, other than natural ageing related colour changes.

13. Will Advangen’s products change the curliness/straightness of my hair?
No, the only changes you should expect to see are increased thickness and body; the straightness/curliness will be unaffected.

14. Can Advangen’s products restore hair to areas that have already suffered permanent hair loss?
No, unfortunately hair cannot be regenerated once the follicle has permanently ceased hair growth. However, Advangen is working to develop a new line of products which may be able to do this.

15. How do Advangen’s products prevent hair loss?
Advangen’s products have active ingredients that block the action of a naturally occurring molecule called FGF-5. When FGF-5 is present in hair follicles, the hair cycle is shortened and the hair is shed more frequently. The active ingredients in Advangen’s products enter the hair follicle and block FGF-5 from causing this effect.

16. How long before the hair loss treatment works?
You should notice a difference within 8-12 weeks of regular use.

17. How much product must I buy to see whether the product works for me?
A single purchase should be sufficient to see improvements in your hair. All of Advangen products have been packaged at volumes sufficient for 2-3 months use; if used regularly according to the product instructions, you should notice a difference within this time.

18. How do I know it works for me?
The first sign that the products are working will be improved strength and condition of the hair, especially if you are using the shampoo. Secondly, less hair falls out during brushing and washing. Finally, smaller and finer hairs should start growing. After 6 months the hair should be thicker and stronger.

19. What happens if I stop using the product?
Once the product is stopped, FGF-5 in the follicle is no longer inhibited. Hair returns to the normal growth cycle, and hair will thin out and fall over time as it did previously.

20. Can I use Advangen’s hair loss products in combination with other hair growth enhancing treatments?
Advangen’s products are safe to use in conjunction with other products. However, the other product’s guidelines should be carefully checked to see whether it requires use alone.

21. Can I use Advangen’s products in combination with hair dyes?
Yes, Advangen’s products are still effective for dyed/coloured hair, and hair colouring products will not affect the mechanism of action of Advangen. However, chemical treatments may put additional stress on the hair follicles and cause them to fall out more rapidly. As a result you may see reduced results from using Advangen’s products or they may take longer to work on chemically treated hair.

22. Can I use Advangen’s products for the treatment of hair loss in combination with straightened or permed hair?
Yes, hair straightening/perming will not affect Advangen’s mode of action, however it may take longer for the benefit to show due to the increased stress on the hair follicles.

23. How can I participate in clinical trials of hair growth products?
Advangen is developing further hair growth products, which will be subject to clinical trials in the future. Recruitment for clinical trials will be advertised on our website. Please check our website for updates, or register with Advangen to receive trial notification.