Sure, Zayn can rock silver locks and maybe, just maybe, you found a gorgeous way to go gray, but finding your first gray hair unintentionally can cause even the strongest woman to have a mini panic attack. After all, if you’re going to color your hair, it should be on your own terms, right? Well, a study published in the FASEB Journal might be the answer to our gray hair fears.
But before we can get to the cure, we need to know how the gray gets there in the first place. Gray hair makes its way to your roots due to a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles, which is totally natural and there’s not much we can do to stop the process. This buildup causes oxidative stress and in return, graying.
The researchers studied 2,411 people with one of two kinds of vitiligo — a condition that causes loss of pigmentation in your skin — and they found that both forms of vitiligo studied resulted from oxidative stress, AKA the same thing that causes gray hair. The researchers then applied a topical treatment called PC-KUS to the study participants and found that it successfully treated the discolored skin and eyelashes.
Editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal Dr. Gerald Weissmann was quoted in NBC News saying, “For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide gray hair. But now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed.”
And we assume the pun was intended.
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