BEARDIFUL contains copper peptides, they are a small protein fragments of amino acids that have a very high affinity for copper ions. The human peptide and the most popular peptide is GHK-CU, which we will be focusing on.
What does it do?
Copper peptides are primarily used for cosmetic purposes, such as anti-acne, and anti-wrinkling, due to their skin remodeling effects. This skin remodeling effect is the process that removes damaged proteins and older cells from the skin, producing newer and refined skin cells and growth factors. The skin remodeling effects of the copper peptides are what make this topical treatment very attractive for promoting healthier and younger looking skin, but an interesting off label use is hair growth. Yep, hair growth.
Copper peptides for beard growth?
Mediated by increased collagen production, increased hair follicle size, proliferation of keratinocyte, promotion of certain growth factors, and stimulated blood flow, GHK-Cu Copper peptides are an attractive natural way to encourage new and healthy hair growth. These effects have been examined and supported through some studies, but as the saying always goes “more studies are need to better support these findings”. Similarly, there exists many successful anecdotal reports on copper peptides for hair/beard growth on multiple hair-loss focused forums.
A very popular and effective regime in the beard growth community is:
1 drop of BEARDIFUL applied once in the afternoon or night.
Angiogenesis, or “the development of new blood vessels”, is a major effect of CPs through its proangiogenic growth factors. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) are two very significant growth factors that are involved in hair growth. These growth factors create new blood cells, which deliver nutrients and androgens to the hair follicle. These blood flow promoting effects are significant to Minoxidil’s effectiveness in growing hairs.
Having a sufficient amount of collagen in the hair shaft, strengthens the hair follicles and improves hair growth. A clinical study compared the production of collagen after using copper peptides, vitamin C, and and found that GHK Cu copper peptides had the most significant collagen production results.
This study found that copper peptides “strongly increase keratinocyte proliferation.” Keratinocytes are basically epidermal cells that produce keratin. And keratin is the protein that hair is made of.
Interesting…are there any side effects?
To date, there is no evidence that copper peptides cause damage to DNA, behave as hormone disruptors, or contribute to organ system toxicity. However allergic reactions can occur and an excess of copper in the body can have its side effects.
Once-twice a day application should be safe.