Baldness can be a difficult situation. Many have tried various over-the-counter remedies and failed to get the desired results. Thanks to new research, there could finally be a satisfactory solution to the problem. The research promises to reverse baldness using nanoparticles. Researchers claim that the main causes of baldness are oxidative stress and poor circulation. They described these problems as the “root” cause of baldness. But most available remedies don’t focus on improving these conditions. Researchers have developed a technology that uses microneedles to deliver cerium nanoparticles to counter both problems.
The most common hair loss condition is known as androgenic alopecia, also called male or female pattern baldness. For people with this condition, hair loss is permanent. There are not enough blood vessels around the follicle, which anchor each strand of hair to the skin, to provide essential nutrients and other molecules. The second problem is triggered when there is an accumulation of reactive oxygen species in the scalp. Previous research has shown that cerium-containing nanoparticles can remove excess reactive oxygen species.
The researchers said in the study, published by the American Chemical Society, that they tried to find a minimally invasive way to deliver cerium-containing nanoparticles near the hair root to promote hair growth. So they developed the microneedle soluble adhesive.
Patches were tested on mice. Both traditional treatments and the microneedle adhesive were able to trigger the development of new blood vessels around the hair follicles. The patch, however, gave faster results. Now, researchers hope to conduct further research to explore the potential use of these nanoparticles in humans.
For now, the researchers say their findings are encouraging and indicate that microneedle patches may be a viable way to reverse baldness in the future.
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