Hair loss and fat – it’s all linked finds new study


- Last updated on GMT

Hair loss and fat – it’s all linked finds new study

Related tags Baldness

A new study combining science from Australia and the UK has suggested that losing weight and halting hair loss could go hand-in-hand after findings show that the skin can regulate fat production.

The effect of changes in the fat tissue on the synchronized patterns of hair follicle growth has long been established; however this new discovery shows how hair growth activated fat tissue growth in the skin below the hair follicle, and could lead to the development of a cream to dissolve fat.

In particular, the protein that activated hair follicle growth was shown to also inhibit fat production.

Skin regulates fat development

"This is the first demonstration that the opposite also holds true in that the skin below the hair follicle can regulate the development of fat,"​ says Professor Rodney Sinclair from the University of Melbourne and Epworth Hospital.

In what the researchers are calling the ‘world first’ study, they have confirmed that changes in the hair growth cycle led to fluctuations in the thickness of the underlying fat layer of the skin.

The discovery could affect future treatment of obesity, male and female pattern baldness and alopecia; an autoimmune condition that affects 1-2% of the general population at some stage in their life.

Topical application

Sinclair and his team worked in collaboration with lead Professor Fiona Watt at King's College London, and says that these findings could potentially be used both as a means to replace fat lost in scar tissue or as a localized treatment for obesity.

"The specific chemicals identified in this study could be produced synthetically and used in creams for topical application to the skin to modulate growth of fat beneath the skin."

"A cream could trim fat specifically where it was applied by 'pausing' the production of factors that contribute to fat cell growth,"​ he adds.



G. Donati, V. Proserpio, B. M. Lichtenberger, K. Natsuga, R. Sinclair, H. Fujiwara, F. M. Watt. Epidermal Wnt/β-catenin signaling regulates adipocyte differentiation via secretion of adipogenic factors​. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences​, 2014; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1312880111

Related news

Related products

show more

Calendula Cellular Elixir: Alchemy in a cell

Calendula Cellular Elixir: Alchemy in a cell

Content provided by Naolys | 11-Jun-2024 | Product Brochure

Get ready to experience a cellular evolution in skincare with InnerLift Calendula's advanced Plant Cell biotechnology.

Exosomes: Passing Trend or Transformative Reality?

Exosomes: Passing Trend or Transformative Reality?

Content provided by Naolys | 23-Feb-2024 | Sponsored Link

Exosomes, microscopic vesicles naturally present in abundance within Plant Cells, have garnered significant attention within the scientific and cosmetic...

Give collagen and your products a boost

Give collagen and your products a boost

Content provided by Lycored SARL | 14-Feb-2024 | White Paper

Lumenato, Lycored’s scientifically supported proprietary wellness extract, gets to work quickly complementing and protecting the structural benefits of...

Follow us


View more



Beauty 4.0 Podcast