It doesn’t matter how you spell it, gray hair is either a badge of honor or the bain of your existence.
For the latter, scientists think they have the answer: a cream that when applied and reacting with sunlight, will change the pigment on your scalp and restore youth back to your cranium.
“For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide gray hair,” said Dr. Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, “but now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed.”
We’ve discovered that grayness stems from massive oxidative stress resulting from the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle. Essentially, our hair starts to bleach itself.
A recent report from a team of scientists at the University of Bradford in the U.K. concludes that this hydrogen peroxide accumulation can be remedied. How you ask? A proprietary treatment described as a topical, UVB-activated (sunlight) compound.
As if that wasn’t enough, the study showed incredible promise for treating the skin condition vitiligo.
“Developing an effective treatment for this condition has the potential to radically improve many people’s lives.” said Dr. Weissmann.
Here’s a video describing more as to why we gray.
The study is incredibly promising, but there are still a number of hurdles to clear before the treatment can get into the hands of those who need or want it.
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