According to research released on Tuesday, dry shampoos, used as a temporary fix in between washes, contain a cancer-causing ingredient.
Dove, Nexxus, Suave, TIGI and TRESemmé products – were voluntarily recalled because of the potential presence of benzene.
To understand more about this, continue reading!
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor that evaporates quickly when exposed to air. It is used mainly as a starting material in making other chemicals, including plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the World Health Organization (WHO). One of its goals is to identify causes of cancer.
IARC classifies benzene as “carcinogenic to humans,” based on sufficient evidence that benzene causes acute myeloid leukemia. IARC also notes that benzene exposure has been linked with acute lymphocytic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, multiple myeloma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers any product containing 5% or more by weight of benzene to be hazardous, requiring special labeling.
How is dry shampoo linked to cancer?
70% of the 148 dry shampoo spray batches tested from 34 different companies had detectable amounts of benzene. According to Valisure, some items have benzene levels of up to 170 times the FDA-mandated limit of 2 parts per million (ppm).
Paul Mitchell, Sun Bum, Batiste, Sebastian among others had benzene levels in their products that were over the FDA limit.
If you are concerned over levels of benzene in dry shampoo, you can decide not to use those products or use them in a well-ventilated area, where benzene doesn’t linger and be inhaled for prolonged periods of time.
About the Author: Dr. Donika Vata is a medical doctor from Ferizaj, Kosovo. She studied general medicine from University of Hasan Prishtina.
Dr. Vata has been writing about medical and skincare related issue in journals, social media websites, and books. She was working for some well reputed clinics such as Telehealth Pro- Online consultations, German Cancer Center, and AppLMD. Dr. Donika was also volunteering in the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, she is working as a medical doctor and researcher in a dermatology clinic.