Hydrogen peroxide in hair

Hydrogen peroxide inhibits pigment synthesis 

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Hydrogen peroxide (also known as "H2O2") is a well known bleaching agent and disinfectant. It is a household item for many people.

Hydrogen peroxide is also found in hair - and in fact accumulates in white and gray hair. It inhibits the synthesis of pigment known as melanin.

 

Reference

Schallreuter KU, et al. The redox--biochemistry of human hair pigmentation.  Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2011


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