Did you know; hair coloring is dangerous for health?

Repeated hair coloring could represent health hazards. Allergenic ingredients are stigmatized, cancer risks are mentioned. The point with our experts.

In France, one in two women is colored hair. Some experts question of product components that are responsible for allergies or other diseases. Among the singled out in coloring ingredients are their ParaphenyleneDiamine (PPD), a known allergen family of aromatic amines. Allergy to PPD can be severe. Manufacturers pledge to reduce the rate (2%) in the colors, but not delete it.

ALLERGY TO PARA-PHENYLENEDIAMINE

PPD makes dark colors and gray coverage. The bright color (fading) does not present the same risk, since they do not contain PPD. This ingredient is also present in high concentrations in the black henna tattoos. Result, cases of allergy to this type of tattoo are many. And especially women who have responded then are deprived of color, because of the PPD.

Resorcinol is also implicated in the case of allergies to coloring. Its role? Lift the scales and allow pigments to act. Faced with these risks, professionals are reassuring. It is true that the products have evolved a “spring cleaning” was made in the late 1970s, when many highly allergenic ingredients were removed from the formulations. But he remains.

HAIR COLORING, NOT SUITABLE FOR UNDER 16

A new European labeling legislation came into force in November 2011. It is stated that these colors are not intended for children under the age of 16, they should not be used on eyebrows and eyelashes, and neither If rash on the face or scalp irritation. On the test to 48 hours before, opinions are mixed. The lack of reaction to a key test does not guarantee the absence of any reaction to coloring because of delayed allergic reactions can occur 12 to 15 days later.

CANCER RISK RAISED FOR SALON PROFESSIONALS

For salon professionals, the risk of cancer is mentioned. Circ (International Agency for Research against Cancer) concluded in 1993 that the profession of hairdresser exposed to a “probable carcinogen” risk for men. It is essentially a risk of bladder cancer.

And what about women who color their hair every month? Studies are contradictory. “The truth is that we do not know, meets Marie-France Corre, specializing in consumer products consultant. And although the health risk is minimal but real do – like drugs – a risk / benefit ratio. For a woman who hides his white hair gains confidence in her and it can be a real factor in well-being … with a health benefit. ”

PROMOTES SKIN PENETRATION OF THE ACTIVE

Professor Dominique Belpomme, oncologist, a strong advocate of natural products, has meanwhile decided a review: “The skin is not a barrier; it promotes the absorption of active ingredients. For evidence, in medicine is used to skin patch to get active because the skin acts as a diffuser. These assets and carcinogens contained in the coloring – mostly aromatic amines – present a real danger because of their low dose. For it is precisely these low doses, but repeated chronically, which increase the risk. ”

HAIR COLORING: REPETITION CAUSES A TOXIC RISK

Our experts agree on one thing: this is the chronic makes risk. Or a woman who hides white hair 35/40 years will redo staining each month for years. “If there is a good precautionary measure to take is vis-à-vis girls who color the hair more soon, says Marie-France Corre. Later arrives the first coloring, the better. Even word of caution vis-à-vis pregnant women.”It’s a bit like if you had a toxic capital which would use it with maximum parsimony.

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