European researchers develop treatment for gray hair, vitiligo

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Bethesda, MD, United States (4E) – Scientists from Germany and the U.K. have developed a topical treatment for gray hair and vitiligo that works by removing hydrogen peroxide that causes the condition.

Karin U. Schallreuter, leader of the scientists from E.M. Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany and the Centre for Skin Sciences, School of Life Sciences at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, revealed Friday in the online journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) that their pseudocatalase cream called PC-KUS reverses the massive oxidative stress caused by a build up of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles. The hydrogen peroxide causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out.

Schallreuter and his team also successfully restored skin pigmentation through PC-KUS on 2,411 multinational patients with vitiligo, according to their study published on the FASEB journal’s website.

The researchers have been studying the skin pigmentation disorder and in 2009 linked it to hydrogen peroxide buildup which eventually blocks the normal production of melanin, the natural pigment responsible for hair and skin color.

The PC-KUS is a welcome alternative to hair dyes, which mask gray hair but only temporarily.

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