Hair dye might just become a thing of the past when it comes to the battle against grays.
According to a European study, scientists have discovered the trick to fighting the cause of gray hair rather than the symptom itself. The new research, published in The FASEB Journal, focuses on the root of going gray (get it?) by narrowing it down to a depletion of an enzyme called catalase that breaks down hydrogen peroxide.
When one has a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in his or her hair, the oxidative stress causes graying (the younger you are, the more catalase you produce). So how did the researchers combat this natural occurrence? They applied a topical, ultraviolet B-activated pseudo-catalase called PC-KUS.
Strangely enough, the 2,411-person study was conducted to find a treatment for vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of sections of skin. While finding a new method to treat vitiligo, however, researchers stumbled upon the the pseudo-catalase's ability to halt the process of graying, too. Two birds, one stone.
"For generations, numerous remedies have been concocted to hide gray hair," Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal, said. "But now, for the first time, an actual treatment that gets to the root of the problem has been developed."
No word yet on whether or not this treatment will be available to the public, but we can already imagine hair colorists shaking in their aprons. Would you try this new cure?
Bye, bye grays!
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