Melanocytes are responsible for producing pigment or color of skin or hair. Bulbar melanocytes are hair follicles in the hair and over time are subject to becoming damaged and impaired due to many factors that include heredity, environment and other chemical imbalances the scalp and hair are subjected to. It does seem that the scalp or hair due to age is affected by the lack of antioxidant to protect bulbar melanocytes from impairment. This is important due to the fact that antioxidants are molecules that prevent free radicals resulting from oxidative stress in the body. Bulbar melanocytes need extra protection against ROS or reactive oxygen species. Reactive oxygen species is what is considered an unstable molecule or free radical that contains oxygen and causes a negative reaction with other molecules in a cell. This process of ROS causes cell death by doing damage to DNA and RNA as this occurs with age. Malassezia is a yeast that is common to the scalp. The malassezia yeast are lipid dependent and produce fatty acids that cause reactive oxygen species to occur within the scalp and surrounding bulbar melanocytes. Since the malassezia yeast are a stimulant for the ROS process, people who may be prone to an overproduction of scalp malassezia may often suffer from impaired melanocytes prematurely. Vinegar is considered to be bioactive in that ie contains acetic acid and is effective as an antioxidant to reduce oxidative stress. Oils made of vinegar can be used on the scalp to remove excess malassezia to prevent the formation of reactive oxygen species from occurring especially on the scalp. Repair those melanocytes and slow down the process of age!
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