The team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania developed a gel that helps stop the growth of hair on certain body parts. This gel containing the drug cidofovir, which is commonly used to treat viral infections in the eye.
Conducted experiments on a number of men with a beard who used to shave every morning. The experiments are divided into three groups distinguished by the concentration of cidofovir in a gel.
The group that was asked to rub the gel with the highest content of cidofovir whiskers grew more slowly, than those who rub the gel with low concentrations. And, the group using fake gel did not feel any effect.
“The higher the drug content is mixed into the gel, the greater effect in slowing growth and reducing hair growth,” said study author, Joy Wan, as quoted from Daily Mail.
Looking at the results of the experiment, the researchers believe the drug could be developed to replace a variety of conventional treatments hair removal such as waxing. They were challenged to create economical product that can stop hair growth permanently.
However, they must be careful in finding the balance of the drug formula in a gel. Therefore, high doses of these drugs have side effects such as headache, fever, nausea, and decreased white blood cells. “Further experiments will be done to evaluate the ideal concentration.”
Hair growth or hair wild in some women’s skin surface is usually caused by the production of male hormone or androgen excess. The condition often associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, in this experienced by most women.