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  • Michael Frey, MD

Gray Pubic Hair

Pubic hair can turn gray before you see any gray on your head.

  • Just like the hair on the head, the hair on the rest of the body, including the pubic area, is subject to graying.

  • As people age, their skin produces less melanin. Melanin is the pigment responsible for giving skin and hair its color.

  • The hair follicles contain melanin. As people age, these follicles begin to die off, and there is less melanin in the hair.

  • As the follicles die and melanin decreases, the color of the hair fades to silver, gray, or white. This process happens with hair all over the body, including pubic hair.

Premature gray hair can be caused by:

  • smoking.

  • stress.

  • genetics.

  • Pubic lice: a curable affliction treated with one treatment of permethrin. When treating pubic lice, it is also a good idea to thoroughly wash bedding, underwear, and swimwear.

Can gray pubic hair be treated?

  • B12 supplements or other B vitamins can help.

  • You can also consider a dye like Betty Beauty Color Kit for the Hair Down There to reverse the process if you’re not willing to go natural or pube-free.


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