Treatment for grey hair possible
In a research report published online in The FASEB Journal, people whose hair is turning grey develop massive oxidative stress via accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles, which causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out.
The report shows that this massive accumulation of hydrogen peroxide can be remedied with a proprietary treatment developed by the researchers described as a topical UVB-activated compound called PC-KUS (a modified pseudocatalase).
The study also shows that the same treatment works for the skin condition vitiligo, reports Science Daily.
"It is beyond any doubt that the sudden loss of the inherited skin and localised hair colour can affect individuals in many fundamental ways," said Karin U. Schallreuter.
Schallreuter is a study author from the Institute for Pigmentary Disorders in association with E.M. Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany, and the Centre for Skin Sciences, School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford, Britain.
"The improvement of quality of life after total and even partial successful repigmentation has been documented," Schallreuter said.