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What does graying facial stubble mean?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I'm a 30 year old male whose been paleo for about a year. In that time my proportion of gray facial hair has slowly increased. Today I noticed that it is particularly pronounced. This seems like a timely issue given the recent Kruse post on hair loss.

So: is there any meaning to my graying stubble? Might this be a sign or indication of something ?

There is a previous thread on greying and paleo, but it mostly consists of people reporting their experiences with greying (interesting, but I'm looking for content with more data or scientific theory). Some folks reported reversals of the greying process since going paleo. But I'm experiencing the opposite (probably unrelated, though maybe strength training plays into it via cellular stress).

Any insights? Any additional information that I should provide?

D92bcd58e84831c6e181ac2abfb3cfe8

on October 22, 2011
at 05:23 AM

Thanks Eric! I just sent you an email, let me know here if you don't get it!

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on October 22, 2011
at 04:33 AM

Sure. Its eric dot sos ANTI SPAM SEARCH noff at gmail dot com (I put the 'ANTI SPAM SEARCH' there so that Google searches of my last name will not bring up my participation on Paleohacks, so take that out)

D92bcd58e84831c6e181ac2abfb3cfe8

on October 22, 2011
at 03:30 AM

Hey Eric S, do you have an email address? I need to ask you something about something else you have said on paleohacks and I could not find a way to send you a message. Thanks!

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on October 18, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Means you're growing up. (And thanks, ladies, for the words of support!)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Shari, lol! :) Painfully true...

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:19 AM

Melissa's 1000% right.... :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:13 AM

I'm thinking now that I mentioned the Dean Edell story, all the women are going to go around stone-faced.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 12:51 AM

Aw, shucks, Melissa...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 18, 2011
at 12:44 AM

But it only has that effect on a fit man. I guess it's also unusual in our sad day in age for a man to reach a certain age while fit, so it's a bit exotic...

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 18, 2011
at 12:42 AM

I was just thinking that Robert Downey Jr. Is so much hotter than he was when he was young (to me). I think there much be some evolutionary reason why so many women find greying stubble to be rugged and manly. I think it shows that a man is experienced.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 12:16 AM

I'm 65 and that hasn't happened yet. Doubt that I'll pluck 'em...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Travis, funny how he was never into sweets, drank sodas or ever ate junk foods. Ate quite traditionally. Did have a can of Schlitz occasionally.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on October 17, 2011
at 11:57 PM

"By my calculation you are one year old than last year..." HA!!

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(39831)

on October 17, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Sounds like we should all be eating your father's diet, Ed.

77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

(5002)

on October 17, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I don't actually mind the grey stubble. And let's hope that women don't attack me because I'm married :) That said, though, I wonder if early greying is indicative of anything interesting.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:31 PM

My father was completely white-headed by the time he was 30. He was always in perfect health (had a cold once) and lived to 90 and would have gone longer but for an accident. Gray hair is not an issue. He was "distinguished."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:23 PM

thatonecrazylady, do you laugh a lot? One day years ago I was listening to Dr Dean Edell on the radio and he mentioned that he had a friend who was paralyzed on one side of his face. As he aged the side that could move had wrinkles and the side that was paralyzed had skin as smooth as a baby's face. It never stretched and therefore never developed wrinkles. Just keep laughing and don't worry about the wrinkles. Women worry about wrinkles more than men do. I've seen plenty of sexy ladies with wrinkles but they just kept the shape. That's the secret and all you need to know. Keep laughing.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:09 PM

I also wondered about zinc deficiency--just hearsay...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Eric, hey man, I'm all for the paleo bent but this is not something to analize, it this is something to utilize. Women love gray and will attack you. Don't worry about it! I started graying at 22 and thought I couldn't possibly live through it and now I'n white headed. Don't sweat the the small stuff. You are lucky!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 17, 2011
at 09:59 PM

You know, some women love grey stubble...

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D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

(5801)

on October 17, 2011
at 11:39 PM

The other answers were good, but I am going with age. By my calculation you are one year older than last year and have accumulated one more year of graying.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on October 17, 2011
at 11:57 PM

"By my calculation you are one year old than last year..." HA!!

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1145a340276b66b7765d7808128062ea

(80)

on November 20, 2011
at 11:18 PM

Eric is clearly a vital and exciting man regardless of the color of his facial hair. The deeper question is, does his grey stubble reflect a problem with his cellular functionality? Funny how poorly grey hair correlates to hair loss. Read a paper once that claims grey hair reflects a loss of stem cells, and is thus correlated to protection against cancer.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/18316.php

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3fb1ce56998e2d4f313e0c905aaffde4

on October 18, 2011
at 12:25 AM

My mom mentioned the other day that an elderly woman once told her that copper was the solution to greying hair. Mom was saying that when she was a little girl that was common knowledge. She also mentioned that one of the female actors in Operation Petticoat (an old movie made in the 50s) had a line about grey hair and copper. Something to the effect of, if you're going grey you need to take copper...

I know it's not scientific or anything close but I wonder if there's anything to that?

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Ef4c5b09fdccf73be575d3a0c267fdd9

(2539)

on October 17, 2011
at 09:54 PM

I read anecdotally that both copper and iodine seemed to lessen grey hair. These were reviews on iHerb though so one must be skeptical.

I recall Paul Jaminet saying he was going to do a post on greying hair at one point... but the poor guy has so many series to write and comments/emails to answer I don't imagine we will get this very soon! But I am 100% certain it will be well worth the wait.

Does early greying run in your family?

Also.... whats so bad about being a silver fox?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:09 PM

I also wondered about zinc deficiency--just hearsay...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:31 PM

My father was completely white-headed by the time he was 30. He was always in perfect health (had a cold once) and lived to 90 and would have gone longer but for an accident. Gray hair is not an issue. He was "distinguished."

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Travis, funny how he was never into sweets, drank sodas or ever ate junk foods. Ate quite traditionally. Did have a can of Schlitz occasionally.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on October 17, 2011
at 11:44 PM

Sounds like we should all be eating your father's diet, Ed.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on October 17, 2011
at 11:50 PM

It means you're getting old.

Just wait until all the other hair starts to go grey. You'll want to open a vein I swear.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Shari, lol! :) Painfully true...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 12:16 AM

I'm 65 and that hasn't happened yet. Doubt that I'll pluck 'em...

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215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on October 17, 2011
at 09:45 PM

I'm a 29 year old female and I've had more wrinkles appearing in the past year since going paleo. Honestly- I think it's our age. Paleo doesn't mean we're immune to the natural aging process- sometimes genetics trumps all.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:23 PM

thatonecrazylady, do you laugh a lot? One day years ago I was listening to Dr Dean Edell on the radio and he mentioned that he had a friend who was paralyzed on one side of his face. As he aged the side that could move had wrinkles and the side that was paralyzed had skin as smooth as a baby's face. It never stretched and therefore never developed wrinkles. Just keep laughing and don't worry about the wrinkles. Women worry about wrinkles more than men do. I've seen plenty of sexy ladies with wrinkles but they just kept the shape. That's the secret and all you need to know. Keep laughing.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:13 AM

I'm thinking now that I mentioned the Dean Edell story, all the women are going to go around stone-faced.

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