Do Kids Cause Gray Hair? What Does Plucking One Gray Hair Do?

flu61 Time for some gray hair myth busting. Parents often joke stress caused by their children is to blame for gray hair.

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But Cleveland Clinic Dermatologist, Dr. Wilma Bergfeld says that’s not true.

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Stress actually creates a whole different hair hassle.

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CG: Dr. Wilma Bergfeld/Cleveland Clinic

“It does have an impact on hair loss because stress elevates your adrenal gland’s activity and also activates some of the receptors at the hair follicle level, which induce a shed, which is hair falling out by the roots.” :16

NICE.  YOU WON’T GRAY, BUT YOU MAY BALD. THANKS FOR CLEARING THAT UP.

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“Most people will naturally gray as they age.”

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DR. BERGFELD adds hair turns gray when pigment-producing cells die.

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GENES AND HEREDITY WILL USUALLY DETERMINE WHEN YOUR HAIR TURNS GRAY.

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SO, WHETHER YOU HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO GRAY IN THEIR TEENS OR INTO THEIR FIFTIES – YOU MAY AS WELL.

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AND IF YOU’VE HEARD THAT PLUCKING ONE GRAY HAIR, WILL RESULT IN TWO MORE – DON’T BELIEVE IT.

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ACCORDING TO DR. BERGFELD, THAT’S A MYTH TOO.

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CG: Dr. Wilma Bergfeld/Cleveland Clinic 

“When you pluck the hair it generally returns gray. It doesn’t return in multiples though. ” :05

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DR. BERGFELD SAYS THAT OTHER THAN COLORING YOUR HAIR, THERE’S USUALLY NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT GRAYING.

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SHE ADDS THAT AGING IS BEAUTIFUL AND ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO EMBRACE IT BY KEEPING THEIR SKIN AND HAIR HEALTHY.

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(Broadcast Media: See Pathfire #9923 for SOT and VO)    For more information visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org

I have more questions. If you do too send them in comments and we’ll follow-up.

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  mariawalking5MARIA DORFNER is the founder of Healthy Within   Network.

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