A team of prominent dermatologists at National Skin Hospital in Manimajra, India recently concluded a study of permanent hair color dye and allergy. The study found that 20% of permanent dye users develop an allergy mostly in the form of an allergic contact dermatitis –with redness and itch on the scalp, neck and face. However, in severe cases a systemic reaction can affect skin all over the body and other organs. Hairdressers have also been affected by hand dermatitis. The relevant allergen was identified as: Para-phenylenediamine (PPD), an active ingredient in permanent hair dyes.
Internationally acclaimed dermatologist, Dr. Vikas Sharma is currently Professor and Head of Dermatology Department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and past president of Indian Association of Dermatologists. Dr. Sharma commented regarding the use of PPD in hair dye. He stated that, “the use of PPD as a hair dye is popular because it is a permanent dye that gives a natural look. Further, PPD enables the hair to be shampooed without becoming discolored, as well as, permed to achieve waves or curls without difficulty.”
The stress of modern living, a craving for “instant results”, coupled with a desire to be more fashionable and/or to cover premature gray has resulted in a host of men and women using permanent hair color dyes containing PPD.
However, the flip side of this is that a number of individuals cannot use them at all, due to sensitivity and allergic reaction. Unfortunately, some who’ve experienced extreme allergic reaction such as permanent skin depigmentation have suffered sad and even some tragic consequences. They became deeply depressed due to low-self esteem. According to some dermatologists, some patients have even committed suicide due to this seemingly desperate situation.
Speaking of permanent chemical hair dyes, Dr. Sharma stated: “Hair-dyes have high concentration of Para-phenylenediamine and should be avoided because when exposed to UV rays, it can induce a photo-allergic contact-dermatitis.” Dr. Sharma recommends using PPD-FREE hair color dyes: “PPD-free dyes are the need of the hour for those sensitive to PPD.”
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Author: L.J. O'Neal, freelance writer and researcher. L.J.is also a Lustrous Henna® user.
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