A finding could help fight baldness by a drug already used for other purposes.

New research by the team of Professor Valerie Randall, of the University of Bradford in the UK, shows how the bimatoprost, a drug for the treatment of glaucoma and approved by the U.S. Administration of Food and Drug Administration (FDA), promotes human hair to sprout again.

bimatoprost for hair growth

The drug has been available as a product for lengthening eyelashes, but the results of the new research is the first to show that the drug can also grow human hair on the scalp.

Randall’s team hopes that the encouraging results of this study lead to the development of a new therapy for baldness that improves the quality of life for many people suffering from hair loss. New studies to be made in this line of research should be used to obtain new data revealing how the hair follicles, and advance new therapeutic approaches to many disorders of hair growth.

To make this discovery, Randall and colleagues conducted three series of experiments. In two human cell used, and in the other mice used. In tests on human cells were used which grew hair follicles in culture, as well as others taken directly from the human scalp.

In both sets of experiments, scientists found that bimatoprost promoting hair growth.

In the third series of experiments was applied to bald areas bimatoprost mouse skin. As happened with human cells, the drug made the hair grew back.