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Teenagers and gray hair

Melancyte cells reside within our hair follicles and produce the pigment that gives our hair its natural shade, but over time these cells eventually stop their production of pigment, which ultimately results in gray hair. Normally, this doesn't occur until later in life, but there are those rare instances when it can happen during the teen years.

Gray hair can be a nuisance at any age, but when you're a teenager dealing with premature graying hair, it can be even more distressful, since appearances during adolescence are of the utmost importance. What causes this unusual phenomenon? Continue reading to find out more information.

1. Vitamin Deficiencies - Vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, and zinc all play an enormous role when it comes to nourishing hair and aiding in the metabolic process of giving hair its natural color. If a teenager is following a strict vegan diet, then chances are they are seriously depriving their body of these vital nutrients and further risking the early onset of gray hair. One of the best ways to achieve the right amount of vitamins and minerals is to partake in a diet rich in shellfish, liver, red meats, eggs, dairy products, and organ meats.

2. Smoking - Being addicted to smoking is not only harmful to all vital organs in a person's body, but the effects of smoking show in other ways also, including the hair. When a person inhales on a cigarette, they are depleting oxygen and important nutrients from the bloodstream, and when a body is deprived of these essential vitamins and minerals, it shows outwardly in the form of premature aging and graying of the hair. The tar in cigarettes blocks the secretion of the oils that are crucial in maintaining healthy hair. When this happens, hair will start to look dull and lifeless.

3. Diseases - Premature graying in teenagers is often a sign of anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency. Thyroid disorders, particularly hyperthyroidism, and various skin disorders, including vitiligo, are other possible culprits involved in premature graying. A simple blood test performed by a family doctor can rule out any disorders or deficiencies.

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