It's hard to believe but hair products CAN cause dandruff, itchy, dry scalp and even acne. I will provide you information in learning which ingredients to avoid and which ones to look for!
There are many, many skin and scalp conditions that are actually caused by the very hair products (most of them highly advertised) we use daily.
Have you ever experienced a break out on your forehead after your hair stylist gave you the new "bangs" of the season? What about the sides of your face feeling dry and itchy after using your shampoo or hairspray or other hair products?
Here is the problem: Many people can have a reaction to the harsh chemicals and other ingredients that can be found in some of your favorite hair products.
It may happen to you even if your skin is normal, dry or oily. Learning which ingredients to stay away from will keep your skin, scalp (and overall health!) balanced and healthy looking.
Here are the top 9 ingredients that can irritate your skin in addition to having a negative effect on your health:
1) MINERAL OIL - a key ingredient in some hair shine and frizz control products. It is the worst for oily or problematic skin. Mineral oil is actually a by product in the processing of gasoline from petroleum. When it sits on the face or scalp for a long period of time it acts like a plastic wrap, cutting off precious oxygen and preventing toxins from escaping the skin which can cause acne. Mineral oil is simply a cheap filler 80% of companies use to help increase their products regardless of the harmful effects to your skin and health.
2) DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (monoethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are hormone-disrupting chemicals found in many shampoos. They're thought to cause cancer so stay away.
3) Imidazolidinyl DMDM Hydantoin - these are preservatives in many hair products(creams, gels, sprays) that release formaldehyde, (formaldehyde based solutions are used in embalming to disinfect and temporarily preserve human remains pending final disposition), triggering skin irritations and even heart palpitations.
4) FRAGRANCE - if you see the word "fragrance" on the ingredient list it means synthetic ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
5) ALCOHOL - dries out hair and skin so if you tend to have dry skin, avoid most hairsprays and volumizers, which contain tons of alcohol.
6) PHTHLATES, (pronounced thowl-ates) - used in a lot of skin-scalp-baby care products to stabilize fragrances, also makes plastics flexible. Studies have suggested that phthalates can cause reproductive problems in boys and early puberty in girls. Further studies found that men with the most exposure to them were on average about three inches larger in the waist than other men. Their insulin resistance levels were notably higher as well.
7) SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE - used because it is an inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well but has cancer causing properties.
8) PARABENS - preservatives that have been identified as clear-cut xenoestrogens which are synthetic toxic substances that have the potential to act like the female hormone estrogen in women's bodies, found in popular skin lotions and shampoos, increase women's breast cancer risk.
Some people ask, "Why should these ingredients be of concern? These chemicals go only skin deep, right?" In fact, because phthalates aren't always strongly bonded to the materials to which they are added, they can be absorbed into the human body either through inhalation or through the skin.
Parabens are also extremely well absorbed via the skin. Leave-on products, such as skin lotions, hair sprays, gels and other hair products as well as facial make-up, are of greatest concern because of the long exposure time and opportunity for migration via the skin into the bloodstream.
Their use in skin and hair care is particularly troubling because their absorption into the bloodstream bypasses the gastrointestinal tract where they might be broken down. In other words, cosmetic products likely deliver one of the most potent dosages of these harmful toxins.
I found out that a recent marketplace review of more than 100 leading brands of shampoos indicated that most contain these ingredients. The main reason sodium lauryl sulfate is used is because it is an inexpensive detergent and makes mixtures foam well. Sadly, it has a significant degenerative effect on the cell membranes because of its protein denaturing properties.
Studies have indicated that sodium lauryl sulfate enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs and brain from skin contact and poses a serious potential health threat from its use in shampoos and cleansers. It was also concluded to cause corneal(eye) damage.
Still other research has indicated sodium lauryl sulfate may be damaging to the immune system, especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame due to its protein denaturing properties.
Additional studies have found that sodium lauryl sulfate is heavily deposited on the skin surface and in the hair follicles causing damage to the hair follicle resulting in hair loss.
In fact, shampoos rank among the hair products most often reported to the Food and Drug Administration in association with dry scalp, irritation and outbreaks, stinging eyes, and tangled, split, and fuzzy hair.
As an advocate of natural remedies, I believe in the immediate and long term benefits of using only natural skin and hair products for your scalp.
It should contain the right combination of natural herbal extracts, vitamins C and E, tea tree oil and more. You see, these are highly reparative ingredients that can be used for every type of scalp condition! And the body responds quickly to "natural" as you will see.
Remember, this is your valuable life, your wonderful body, your rightful health......choose wisely and please stay informed.
Below you will find a link to the natural products I recommend that, in my professional opinion, work BEST for your skin and scalp as well as towards your overall health.
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Letter to Nanette:
I was so relieved when you explained that so many hair products out on the market contain chemicals that our skin can react to. I was actually beginning to think that something was seriously wrong with ME! I followed your recommendations and what a difference in my skin and scalp. The itchiness and rashes are now gone thanks to your advice. Sincerely, V.L., Athens, MI
I have dermatitis on my scalp and from time to time it gets very itchy. I have tried prescription drugs and over the counter products, shampoo, scalpcian, and several other products and always end up with reoccurring itch. I tried your Herbal Shampoo Treatment and now I do not want to be without it! The flakes stopped within three days…..thanks for coming up with such a great product…next I will try the face cream….Sincerely, Beverly D., USA
Hello Nanette,I had itchy bumps and dry scaly patches all over my scalp......it started months ago at the base of my scalp near my neck with this pulling sensation and I had been having trouble with my eyes as well. You explained that I could be having a negative response to the harmful Sodium Lauryl Slfate in the shampoo I was using which you said can cause a red, drying rash on the scalp, around the eyes and along the neck, with flaking, peeling, and itching. I immediately started using your Herbal Shampoo Treatment accompanied by the Double Strength TheraCream and my scalp completely healed up! I am so pleased I found your website! Dianne N., Indianapolis, IN
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