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Hair dye can damage skin

2nd February 2007

Cases of dermatitis are increasing due to a harmful ingredient in hair dyes, experts have warned.

GPs are seeing more and more allergic reactions to hair dyes as increasing numbers of people, especially the young, colour their hair.  Doctors from St John's Institute of Dermatology in London are now warning that hair dyes can lead to facial dermatitis and facial swelling.

Allergic reactions are caused by Para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and other related agents in hair dyes. PPD is so dangerous to the skin it has been banned from hair products in Germany, France, and Sweden.  However, current European Union legislation allows PPD to comprise up to 6% of the constituents of hair dyes sold in the UK and experts have called for a wider debate on the safety and composition of hair dyes.

Market research indicates that more and more people are dyeing their hair each year and the country’s obsession with the 'culture of youth' has been identified as one of the possible reasons.

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