Researchers are working on a true anti-graying cream that could make people produce their own youthful colors again. So far, it's worked in just a few people who have lost pigment in their hair and skin not from age, but from a condition called vitiligo. Because the cause of vitiligo pigment loss is the same as one possible cause of graying in old age, however, the prototype cream might be a step toward a real anti-graying cream. (But what would we do without those Just For Men commercials?)
The cream worked in just five people in a preliminary study, so it's likely a long way from becoming a commercial product. If it does turn out to work in more people, it could be a great thing for those who have vitiligo, most of whom live with the condition for the rest of their lives. As for other graying folks, it would be the first anti-graying product that actually addresses the root of the problem instead of just hiding gray hair, Gerald Weissmann, editor-in-chief of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal, said in a press release. The FASEB Journal published a paper about the cream this week.
For the paper, a team of dermatology researchers from Germany and the U.K. looked at more than 2,000 people with vitiligo, which causes people to lose pigmentation in patches of their skin and hair. While vitiligo isn't painful, dangerous, or contagious, it can still be pretty distressing because it can change people's appearance so much, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. One to 2 million people in the U.S. have vitiligo, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.
The European researchers found some of the changes in what proteins vitiligo patients make compared to people without vitiligo. They also found that a couple different chemicals accumulate in vitiligo-affected skin: peroxynitrite and hydrogen peroxide (Yep, the same stuff that's often used in bleach).
The researchers had five of their study volunteers apply a cream they developed to reduce the amount of hydrogen peroxide in the skin. The researchers found that the cream worked to repigment the volunteers' skin and eyelashes.
Could removing hydrogen peroxide from the skin and hair work for those who don't have vitiligo? In 2009, some of the same researchers published a study that suggests it may, because people going gray from age have elevated amounts of hydrogen peroxide in their hair follicles and hair shafts.
I hope and pray this medical science helps those in need!
Think about the economic effect this cream would have on the massive annual sales of hair dyes and the money made by hair salons from dying hair.
The Salons can become retailers for this cream themselves!
This is trivial language-fussing, but I just can't help noticing "a couple different chemicals". Sounds oddly good-ol'-boy-ish, though it seems to be becoming orthodox. "A pair partridges". "A stand trees". "A trunkful groceries". "A gaggle geese." "A couple chemicals".
Hydrogen peroxide in the skin? Sounds simple enough.
I expect a variety of solutions to be standard components in shampoo and skin cream within a decade.
Of course this along with global warming may result in everyone being roughly the same color, but hey its not like we're racist or anything.
On that note, Supremacists should be doing all they can to slow global warming shouldn't they? LoL
Its funny because you would expect them to be on the other side of that debate. LoL People are funny.
So can I use this to become black like Michael pre-bleaching? It would be interesting to see people swapping white and black skin back and forth like a twice transgendered person that can't make up their mind. Well, I guess they kind of do know what role they want to play, something other than what they are ... just like everyone else who can always find something wrong with themselves. Vanity is such a problem, it can defeat just about anyone. Maybe science should try to find a cure for that next.
a) This restores skin color, it doesn't change it to something other than what you were born with.
b) Repairing the damage done my a disorder/disease is NOT vanity.
c) Being snarky when you obviously haven't properly read the article you're snarking about makes you look like a fool, at best.
Would seem weird. Right now, guys that obviously are of the gray hair set but walk around with youthful looking hair look odd. You KNOW they are wearing a hairpiece or are dyeing there hair. It is NOT complementary looking. For this gray haired guy to start marching around with strawberry-blond hair again would be...don't think so. It was a plus back then, but back then is back then.
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I think it's wonderful! If we can avoid using all of those dyes on our heads I'm all for it. How soon is this possible? I've been dying my hair for the last 30 years and I'm tired of it. I would love to have my natural chestnut hair back!!
Just to let you know, old age is being natural. Learn to love yourself el'natural; yes you are beautiful!!!!
Oh, I am still very much for helping those who are in need too!
the product for gray hair reversal already exist. It is a pseudocatalase that removes the hydrogen peroxide. the product is called depo-melanin. I seen it on amazon but I am not sure if it actually works or how long it has been out.