Lilac stem cells are a type of undifferentiated cell, meaning that they have the potential to become many different types of cell. These cells contain an active component called verbascoside which possesses properties including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may be beneficial to hair growth. Lilac stem cell extracts are used in many products aimed at skin and hair health.
- The in vitro evidence suggests that verbascoside can increase the growth of dermal papilla cells (specialized cells found in the base of the hair follicle involved in hair follicle cycling), reduce the negative effects of testosterone on cell growth back to the control level, and exert anti-inflammatory effects on cells treated with lipopolysaccharide – a known inducer of inflammation (however this effect was not as strong as other treatments such as hydrocortisone). Contrary to marketing claims of 5α-reductase inhibition, the published data suggest that this compound shows no inhibitory activity.
- There do not appear to be any clinical studies determining the effect of lilac stem cell extracts on hair growth.
- Our experience tracking members: by itself, pot marigold is not enough to improve hair loss outcomes.