As we age, our skin begins to wrinkle, our hair thins, and our joints tend to weaken. As proven wound healers, copper peptides assist in hair growth and have been in skincare products since the 1970's.
Today, they are considered one of the most potent skin regeneration actives and have been called the "Holy Grail" due to their healing properties for skin and hair. Over the past few decades, we’ve begun to understand more and more about how they work and how we can get the most out of copper peptides as an anti-aging active. That’s why GroMD products include this tiny but powerful component!
As the name suggests, they contain the element copper, as well as 3 amino acids linked together–which is what makes it a peptide! But what's so special about them?
The specific copper peptide, GHK-Cu has been proven to fight inflammation, stimulate hair growth and decrease hair loss in several ways:
1. Copper peptides block the DHT found in our scalp (the #1 culprit to hair loss!)
Perhaps most importantly, in the fight against hair loss, it has been shown that GHK-Cu is a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. In simple terms, this means that it prevents your body's testosterone from being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which severely damages hair follicles.
DHT is the #1 cause of male and even female hair loss, and it is no coincidence that hair loss increases as the amount of copper peptides in our body decreases.
2. Copper peptides increase hair follicle size, which means thicker hair
By increasing the follicle size of the hair, the hair will have a more thick and full appearance to it.
We already know that copper peptides play a significant role in regenerating new hair growth, but it's also good to know that they can make your existing hair look and feel thicker than ever before!
3. Copper peptides stimulate blood flow to the scalp
Another awesome benefit of copper peptides is that they stimulate blood flow to all the affected areas of the scalp. In our youthful days, when we had a full head of thick hair, the blood flow to our scalps was substantial and gave our follicles the oxygen and nutrients they needed to nourish our hair. Over time, our blood flow diminished which contributes to hair loss. With copper peptides, we can resume fresh hair growth by stimulating the capillaries under the scalp to support the follicles and bring healthy blood circulation back into the scalp.
4. Copper peptides improve recovery and and boost the healing process from hair transplants
Following a hair transplant procedure, a wound will be left behind that needs support to ensure the transplant yields optimal and successful results. Many Hair Restoration Surgeons, like the creator of GroMD's hair loss products, Dr. Yazdan, found that a post-operative treatment using copper peptides boosts the healing process. Copper peptides are included in many skincare products as the peptides are known for their ability to support the regeneration of aging skin.
Applying copper peptides directly at the source (the scalp) after a hair transplant surgery makes for a faster recovery and makes the healing process more pleasant.
5. Copper peptides prolong the “growth cycle” of our hair
Your hair is always in 1 of 3 hair growth cycles: Anagen (growth phase), Catagen (transition phase), or Telogen (resting phase). The anagen or "growth" phase of the hair generally lasts between 3-5 years and this is the state most of our hairs are in at any given time.
Copper peptides have proven to extend the life of the growth phase. This means they not only trigger the anagen phase, but also extend it. Enriched with copper peptides - GroMD's Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo and Follicle Activator Spray triggers the anagen or "growth phase" of the hair follicles, causing hair to grow where it previously ceased, resulting in new hair growth that will be stronger and last longer than ever.