We May Be Able to Get Rid of Gray Hair Forever

Scientists make discovery while studying skin disease vitiligo

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff | Suggested by ynkrock7

Posted May 7, 2013 2:05 PM CDT

(Newser) – Scientists have finally figured out a way to combat gray hair, which might mean bad news for the likes of Just for Men. Hydrogen peroxide that builds up in the hair follicle over time eventually causes hair to bleach itself, and the process could be reversed using what the Telegraph calls "an antioxidant cocktail," researchers found. They made the discovery while researching vitiligo, the skin-lightening disease Michael Jackson claimed to have. LiveScience says the treatment is a topical one.

Patients in the study were treated with a drug called pseudocatalase that is activated by sunlight, and it returned the pigment to their skin and eyelashes. Researchers think the same treatment could turn gray hair back to its original color, or stop it from ever going gray. Of course, note both the lead author and the editor of the journal that published the study, the priority is to develop a treatment for people who suffer from vitiligo, not the gray-haired.

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