How air pollution may lead to hair loss


Islamabad, (Barwaqt News): New research might have found an explanation for why outdoor air pollution is likely to cause hair loss. Hair loss affects around two-thirdsof men under the age of 35 in the United States, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Also, almost 85% of men lose a significant amount of hair after the age of 50.

Women also experience hair loss. In fact, a condition called androgenetic alopecia affects around 30 millionwomen in the U.S., as well as 50 million men. The causes of hair loss are unclear. Although researchers think that genes play a key role, there remain a significant number of unknown environmental factors that may also affect hair loss risk.

New research has looked into pollution as a potential trigger for hair loss. Importantly, it sheds light on a potential mechanism that may explain how air pollution causes hair loss. Hyuk Chul Kwon — from the Future Science Research Centre in the Republic of Korea — is the lead author of the study, which the team presented at the 28th European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) Congress. This year, the congress takes place between October 9 and 13 in Madrid, Spain. It is worth noting that the Future Science Research Centre is part of a cosmetics company based in Korea called Coreana Cosmetics. However, the EADV is a nonprofit organization. Pollution reduces hair growing protein The new paper, entitled “Effects of particulate matter on human dermal papilla,” looked at the effect of so-called particulate matter on the cells at the base of hair follicles.

These cells are called human follicle dermal papilla cells (HFDPCs). “Particulate matter,” or “particle pollution,” is a term that describes a mix of solid particles and small liquid droplets, made of various different chemicals, that people can inhale. Some of these particles pose a serious risk to health. In the new research, Kwon and colleagues exposed HFDPCs to PM10-like particles of dust and diesel. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PM10 particles are “inhalable particles, with diameters that are generally 10 micrometers and smaller.”


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