GHK-Cu or Copper Tripeptide-1 can be found in the human body. However, as we age the level drops from around 200ng/ml to 80 ng/ml. This protein compound is made up of 3 amino acids and can be found in various cosmetic products. Some of these include shampoos and conditioners as well as antiaging treatments. The reason copper peptides are so popular among many topical treatments, is because of the multitude of benefits it provides for the skin and hair.
Benefits of Copper Peptides
Hair growth: As mentioned before, copper peptides have been shown to assist with hair growth. Copper Tripeptide-1 has even been shown to have a similar result on hair growth as a 5% minoxidil treatment. Minoxidil treatments are used to treat hair loss, more specifically androgenic alopecia, more commonly known as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss.
Copper Peptides help encourage hair growth by blocking the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which has been shown to curb hair growth. DHT is converted from testosterone thanks to the enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase. Copper peptides, however, can help to stop this process because of their ability to obstruct the enzyme; therefore, blocking the production of DHT and helping to prevent further hair loss.