Unlike many Americans, I can successfully lie and convince myself that aging doesn’t bother me as much as it does. But where I’m more worried about things like mobility and dementia, many have a mindset centered more on physical features over anything else. Wrinkles and gray hair are the banes of some people’s existence.
Fixing wrinkles seems like a science unto itself, but rest assured that a reversal of graying hairs may be on the near horizon, as European researchers have possibly singled out not only the specific cause of the discoloration, but also a successful treatment. More importantly, it could be a helpful treatment for vitiligo, which affects people who lack pigment in patches of their skin. They also have some ocean-front property if you’re interested. (Just kidding. It faces a lake.)
For the study published in FASEB Journal, the researchers looked at 2,411 people afflicted with two different forms of vitiligo – strictly segmental vitiligo (SSV) and non-segmental vitiligo (NSV). Knowing that hair turns gray due to a hydrogen peroxide buildup within the follicles, they found that both sets of vitiligo were caused by the same oxidative stress that saps the hair’s pigment.