Soymilk reduces hair growth and hair follicle dimensions.
Exp Dermatol 2001 Dec;10(6):405-413.
We have recently shown that soybean-derived serine protease inhibitors
and soybean extracts alter skin pigmentation, suggesting that soymilk
could be used as a natural alternative to skin lightening. The present
studies were initiated to examine the possible effect of STI, BBI and
soymilk on hair pigmentation. Interestingly, these agents were found to
affect not only hair pigmentation, but also the rate of hair growth, the
dimensions of the hair follicle and hair shaft, and the appearance of
the hair. The studies presented here provide first evidence, at the
morphological and histological level, that soymilk and the
soybean-derived serine protease inhibitors could be used as effective
agents for hair care and management. These agents could reduce the rate
of hair growth, decrease hair shaft dimensions and alter the pattern of
melanogenic gene expression.
PMID: 11737259 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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