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A 31-year-old male asked:

Is there any medication, vitamins or hair oil for premature grey hair? what cause premature grey hair?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 24 years experience
No known solution: Pigmentation in follicles require proper 1)production of melanin (the pigment) and 2)the proper transfer of melanin into the follicles. If either of these steps is amiss, we will grey. In a healthy individual, when we start to grey is genetically programed. In an extreme situation such as starvation or malnutrition, we will experience hair loss, reduce melanin production, and thus greying.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Graying of hair is: related to genetic predisposition. Age of initial graying is largely a matter of genetics. However stressors: nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy, traumatic head injuries, low vitamin B levels, zinc deficiency, severe illness, surgery & marked emotional stress may impact earlier depigmentation in people who are already predisposed to gray hair. Aging is a significant factor. In general –

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A female asked:

What cause premature grey hair and how to stop or slow it down?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Parents vs children: While we often (jokingly) blame our gray/grey hair on our children, we really should be looking towards our parents as hair color is genetically determined. Unfortunately, there's no way to change our parents (or children), so best way to combat gray/grey hair is to color your hair.
Last updated Jul 30, 2018


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