MSM is a close cousin of DMSO - in fact, most of the DMSO in the body turns into MSM.
Per this topic, http://www.vitaminc.foundation/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13671, we learn that a great many world-wide have become interested in cosmetic, topical vitamin C products (e.g. to help firm skin, erase wrinkles, etc.). The Foundation is often asked if we offer topical products, but we have resisted for 2 reasons. First, vitamin C doesn't last long in solution (degrades by 50% in 4 hours), so homemade vitamin C serums make a lot of sense. Second, our regular suppliers won't manufactre cosmetics because the FDA rules are so different (between dietary supplements and cosmetics.)
Based on the obvious demand, we have started researching what we might put into a very high quality Vitamin C based skin cream. (We think we may have a way to preserve the vitamin C for a long shelf life.) We noticed that the biggest selling brands have reformulated to include MSM (Methylsufonylmethane) and so we started to research MSM.
Like vitamin B5 (and fat loss) it turns out there is an entire sub-culture using MSM (with a form of vitamin C (magnesium acrobyl phosphate) to regrow hair!
MSM may help other active ingredients penetrate the skin. It is said that because MSM makes the cells more permeable, it thus enhances the absorption of nutrients
MSM and hair
I was especially excited to find that there is a credible connection between MSM and hair growth. One study looked at the effect of Methylsulfonylmethane on hair growth. The researchers combined MAP (a form of vitamin C) at 7.5% and MSM at 10% and concluded that results were “comparable to or better than the result in the group treated with minoxidil 5%”.
https://www.truthinaging.com/review/the ... ethane-msm
This is a little complicated, but contains the theory and has pictures of the mice from the study
MSM for Hair Growth: Does It Really Work?
. https://www.livestrong.com/article/5296 ... ir-growth/Unpublished MSM Hair Growth Study
MSM is frequently touted for its ability to improve hair and nails, although there is little to support those claims. The test most-often cited to support MSM as a hair growth agent was an unpublished study by Dr. Ronald M. Lawrence. Unpublished studies are not subject to peer review and are given less credence than published studies. Lawrence’s study, titled "The Effectiveness of the Use of Oral Lignisul MSM Supplementation on Hair and Nail Health," consisted of just 21 subjects, with 11 receiving 3,000 mg of MSM daily and 10 taking a placebo. At the end of the six-week study, Lawrence concluded that “hair length increases tended to be greater in MSM-treated males than in their placebo-given counterparts," but also wrote that larger-scale trials should be done
And with the new vitamin C finger-stick meters on the horizon http://www.vitaminc.foundation/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13581 we will be able to conduct experiments regarding how much topical vitamin C actually reaches the blood stream. (We have been in touch with the NZ firm about being USA distributors.)
p.s. I am getting a very low cost continuous glucose monitoring system. Its a small circle that is attached to the arm, ( forget the brand, but everything costs hundreds, not thousands of collars.) and there is a sophisticated reader.
I will soon know if this particular monitor is sensitive to vitamin C