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Noticing a little bit of sparkle in your hair can be alarming, especially if you weren’t expecting it. Depending on your circumstances and genetics, it’s possible to start seeing gray hair as early as the teen years! Fortunately, if you’re looking for something a little more effective than dying, there are a few treatments a dermatologist can provide that can help you get back to full color.
The thing that gives your hair color is a pigment called melanin. How dark your hair is directly correlated to the amount of melanin in your hair. When your hair turns gray, the color gradually decreases because your body stops producing as much melanin as you age. At some point, the body stops producing melanin in your hair altogether.
A few reasons you might experience premature graying include:
Suppose you express your concern to your dermatologist. In that case, they will look at your scalp, and then depending on your doctor, you may either be referred to a specialist or examined further in-office with blood tests and high-resolution imaging of hair strands. If afterward you’re determined eligible, treatment will begin.
You may be at a loss for what to do for your gray hair other than dying, but fortunately, there are some other treatments your dermatologist can provide.
It’s important to remember that the most successful gray hair treatments happen in patients who gray prematurely, and gray hair is easier to prevent than reverse. If you want to find out whether or not gray hair is treatable in your case, reach out to your dermatologist. Want to set up an appointment today? Get in contact with us, and we’ll be happy to find a day and time that works for you!