Plucking Out Hair Selectively May Promote Dense Regrowth

April 12, 2015 8:18 AM

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We may soon have a new treatment for hair loss. Scientists have discovered that plucking hair in a specific pattern and density stimulates surprisingly dense regrowth. A new study has demonstrated this by plucking 200 hairs, following a particular pattern and density, in a mouse. It has been observed that the process can induce up to about 1200 replacement hairs to grow. Cheng-Ming Chuong, from the University of Southern California (USC) explained “It is a good example of how basic research can lead to a work with potential translational value. The work leads to potential new targets for treating alopecia, a form of hair loss.”

A couple of years ago the first author and visiting scholar Chih-Chiang Chen arrived at USC from National Yang-Ming University and Veterans General Hospital, Taiwan and his visit led to the beginning of the study. Chen, a dermatologist, was already aware of the fact that hair follicle injury affects...

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