Beware, Air Pollution Might Take Your Hair Away and make You Bald, Study Warns

Beware, Air Pollution Might Take Your Hair Away and make You Bald, Study Warns


Pollution, let it be soil, air, or water, has become a primary global concern. Scientists across the world are concerned about its impact on Earth as well as organisms living on it, including humans. Rapidly increasing pollution has resulted in the emergence of many diseases, but a new finding might surprise you. Researchers fear fumes from vehicles could lessen the levels of vital proteins responsible for hair growth and make you bald. It is a first-ever study in which scientists have analyzed the impact of dust and fuel particles on the human scalp. The finding reveals how little toxic particles can impair chemical processes within cells that boost hair growth.

The finding presented on Wednesday, at the 28th EADV (European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress), establishes the link between air pollution and baldness in humans. Scientists have discovered some common pollutants result in an imbalance of proteins liable for hair growth and its conservation. The study has mainly focused on ordinary air pollutants present in the air, particulate matters (PM), which are released by factories, car exhausts ad household heating. Even more, burning of fossil fuels like oil or coal emits PM. Researchers claim the particulate matter could result in hair loss and eventually baldness.

During the study, scientists have exposed human follicle dermal papilla cells to PM dust and particulate of diesel. They have experimented on the cells present on the human scalp at the bottom of the hair follicles. After one day of exposure, researchers had conducted a blotting technique to determine the levels of particular proteins in hair cells. As a result, they have found that diesel particulate and PM dust resulted in lower levels of catenin beta-1. It is a protein liable for morphogenesis and hair growth.

Apart from this, the trial has shown the levels of the other three (proteins, cyclin E and D1, and CDK2) decreased due to PM10. Hyuk Chul Kwon from the Future Science Research Center in the Republic of Korea has led the study. As per Hyuk, many studies have established the link between air pollution and severe diseases like cancer. But the latest study describes the impact of air pollution on human hair cells.