What are the causes of premature graying ?

Premature graying makes one feel older and therefore is a cause of great concern and embarrassment especially amongst the younger generation.

So what makes some people gray early and while don’t see a sign of gray until age 50.

It took a while but scientists have finally been able to find a concrete reason why hair turns gray. Hair follicles contain pigment cells that produce melanin, which give the hair its color. It’s due to accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in the hair roots which causes the malfunctioning of these pigment producing cells leading to hair graying.

1) Hereditary – The premature graying is largely genetic. If your parents or grandparents grayed at an early age, you probably will too.

2) Stress – Graying of hair can also rapidly increase due to emotional stress.

3) Hormonal Imbalance and Thyroid disorders like Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism wherein the pigment activity from the cell reduces can lead to graying.

4) Leucotrichia – In this condition, there is graying in a bunch of hair at one time. Several such bunches appear one after another, and can spread quickly to other hair on the body.

5) Pernicious anaemia or Vitamin B12 deficiency is one of the common causes of premature graying in children. In such cases, apart from graying there are associated symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath and in some cases chest pain.

6) Vitiligo, commonly known as white patches or leucoderma can also result in loss of hair pigment.

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