Research highlights gray hair treatments that also address symptoms of vitiligo, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD

Treatments that reverse gray hair may also be used to treat vitiligo, explains Joel Schlessinger MD.

Gray hair is an issue that most people will have to deal with at some point in their lives. While many individuals do not have to cope with this issue until later in life, others may experience gray hair as a result of vitiligo, a skin condition that causes cells to lose melanin, the pigment that gives skin and hair its color.

According to a recent article on Nature World News, a new treatment to reverse graying hair may also be used to treat vitiligo.

This UVB-activated treatment may reverse gray hair caused by vitiligo, reveals Joel Schlessinger MD, but can also cause damage.

Gray hair is caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the hair follicle that causes the hair to bleach itself from the inside out. This report suggests that this buildup can be combated using a topical treatment that is activated by UVB light.

“The unfortunate part of this research,” Joel Schlessinger MD says, “is that UVB (ultraviolet light) can also induce skin cancer and aging. If this ever proves to work, you may get rid of gray hair but look much older due to the UVB damage.”

Research into this skin condition and possible treatments needs to be ongoing, says Joel Schlessinger MD.

Vitiligo is a condition that affects millions of people and, while the cause is unknown, it is important to continue to research this issue.

“While this seems very promising, the reality is that a cure is still far away and this treatment may not work once the damage has been there for a while,” Joel Schlessinger MD says. “It is encouraging, however, to see research on vitiligo, a very challenging disease for dermatologists.”

Posted Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 4:48 pm
Filed Under Category: Research and Studies
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Linda Middleton

I have vitiligo and alopecia. These conditions and dry skin have been ongoing since I was 17, I am now post menopausal and what little hair I do have is totally without pigment. I have round white spots on my skin and round dark spots that are painful like shingles when they appear. I know my immune system is quirky since I have suffered with IBS and very brittle finger nails and hair, but every time I have had my thyroid checked I appear to be in the normal range yet nothing about me looks or feels normal. My solution was to go to Bravadas and get wigs and keep the sunscreen and makeup slathered on, keep moving forward and smile. Thank goodness I still have my teeth (with lots of fillings).


Hopefully, research like this will help patients with vitiligo. Thank you for your comments.

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