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How to use Folligen

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Eyelashes & Brows
Reviewed by Marta February 9, 2010 17 Comments
Folligen is a copper peptide treatment for helping hair grow - whether thinning or aging hair on the head, sparse eyelashes or moth-eaten eyebrows. The great thing is that it works and it comes at a great price ($18.69). The bad news is that it is a rather alarming turquoise color and Skin Biology (the maker of it) doesn't provide any instructions (or even list of ingredients on the bottle).

I get letters all the time from readers who have bought it at the TIA store, essentially saying now what? So, this is your Folligen go to post. Using Folligen for head hair is fairly straightforward. Just rub it in to the scalp - either all over or just where needed. No it does not stain your hair or make your skin turquoise. It does, however, rub in much more easily if the skin is damp so the best time to use it is after washing and before drying the hair. Skin Biology recommends using it every three or four days at first to ensure it doesn't irritate. As you build up a tolerance, you can increase it to every other day and then every day over a period of, say, 10 days. I didn't have any problems with it and was able to use it every other day from the get go.

Folligen works a treat on eyelashes and brows and we made a video to show the best way to apply it.

How does it work:

Copper’s ability to assist in hair growth was discovered when it was noticed that the hair follicles around treated wounds were exceptionally large. It seems to work on the follicle in two ways: increasing follicle cell proliferation increased follicle size; and copper also decreases programmed follicle cell death, which results in smaller follicles. More on copper peptides and hair growth.

Ingredients in Folligen cream:

Purified water, squalane, octyl palmitate, PEG-100 stearate (glycerol stearate + PEG-100 stearate), cetyl alcohol, copper peptides (hydrolyzed soy protein and copper chloride), stearic acid, saw palmetto oil, allantoin, polypropylene glycol, diazolinydinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, herbal fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ergocalciferol

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  • February 24, 2017

    by Carol

    My concern is about the use of eye products which were intended for eyebrows & recommending the same products for eye lashes without the label saying so. The eyes are very delicate. I would never recommend using eyebrow serum on eyelashes unless it specifically says so through the company's research. The risk is too great i.e., eye problems, loss of lashes allergic reactions, etc..... From a nurse with experience!!!!

  • October 15, 2013

    by Lucy

    Does this work if you have lost all the hair on head and body?

  • October 5, 2012

    by wordsmith

    Has anyone noticed an increase in shedding after using folligen for blondes? Seems like the opposite of its intended effect. I put it on at night and in the morning when I shower I seem to shed a ton more hair than when I haven't applied the folligen...

  • September 16, 2010

    by marta

    Elyse, the idea is to rub Folligen into your scalp. It won't rub off or stain.

  • September 15, 2010

    by elyse

    can you leave follicle on overnight- and if you do is there risk of it rubbing on your face from the pillow?

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