New Drug May Reverse Hair Loss

A mice study has shown promising results for both hair and skin.

Johns Hopkins researchers have used a compound to reverse the signs of hair loss and skin damage when tested on mice. This compound is said to stop the growth of glycosphingolipids (GSLs), which are fats found in skin and cell membranes. Researchers found that mice eating rich and fatty foods were more likely to have skin inflammation, hair loss, and a change in hair pigment as well.

The researchers fed one group of mice ordinary food while the other group was given fed a "Western diet" full of cholesterol-rich foods. Those eating the fatty foods developed skin lesions, lost pigment in their hair, and shed hair as well. The longer they were on the diet, the more severe the results. In the group that continued eating this way for 36 weeks, 75 percent had severe side effects. They were then given the human-made compound that stops the production of GSLs and found that the hair loss and skin issues were reversed.


While this study does show great promise, Hopkins investigators warn that humans may not have the same results that the mice had. However, these findings do suggest that a medication may eventually hit the market to help thousands of people suffering from hair loss and skin conditions and that the type of foods you eat may play a role as well.

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