A team of researchers from the South Korean Yonsei University, have claimed to have found a new hair loss treatment . In a recent study, the researchers managed to develop a biochemical agent which they claim can stimulate hair growth in patients who have already gone bald.
So, could this really be the cure we’ve all been waiting for?
Understanding the results
In the breakthrough study, the researchers discovered the CXXC5 (CXXC-type zinc finger protein), can ultimately block a pathway which is responsible for hair regeneration and growth. By disrupting the CXXC5 using a peptide competitor, it activated the pathway and accelerated hair growth.
They also carried out an experiment on mice, where they were able to stimulate new hair growth using a PTD-DMB biochemical agent.
The results of the study have been published within the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Could it work?
Although the breakthrough is exciting, it’s worth noting that the new potential biochemical treatment isn’t likely going to be suitable for all causes of hair loss. It appears the study largely focused on hair loss caused by trauma. So, it could be a good treatment option for specific types of hair loss such as traction alopecia.
There’s still a lot of work which needs to be done in order to turn this discovery into a cure. So, for those suffering with hair loss right now, it’s worth visiting a hair expert to see which treatment options are available.
For traction alopecia, current treatments include Minoxidil, Finasteride and SMP. If the hair loss has only just begun, you could even simply alter the way you style your hair. It’s really important to seek a correct diagnosis before starting any treatment however, as different types of hair loss will respond to different types of treatments.
Overall, this breakthrough in hair loss treatment could bring a potential cure for specific types of hair loss. However, it’s likely to take a long time before it can be turned into an actual treatment. So, if you’re worried about hair loss right now, it’s best to seek advice from a doctor or hair specialist.