If going gray is a process you’re not all too thrilled about, there may be a remedy that will allow you to hold on to the youthful hue of your locks forever. A team of European dermatology researchers may have accidentally discovered a cure for going gray while studying treatments for the skin condition known as vitilligo.
Popular Science reports about the release from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal that details the effects of a new cream that can restore the pigmentation of people’s skin who suffer the effects of the skin lightning disorder vitilligo. The cream is also showing signs that it can restore pigmentation to hair that is going gray.
As we age our hair accumulates high levels of hydrogen peroxide, interestingly people with vitilligo also have an accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in their skin. The researchers found that some of the study volunteers were able to see a reduction in the level of hydrogen peroxide after using the cream and saw some re-pigmentation occur in their skin and eyelashes.
The results are promising for viilligo suffers and may be the first step in eliminating gray hair rather than just masking it with hair dye. It will probably be a long while until we see something like this available on the market though since only about 5 study volunteers saw promising results out of 2,000.
What do you think of the possibility of eliminating gray hair as part of the aging process?
Would you use a cream that would keep you from going gray?