Let’s face it we all want to look beautiful and the first thing we do to achieve this is through our hair. Every day our hair goes through so much pampering, we colour, gloss, glue, heat and put new products on regularly without realising the risks that we could be exposing ourselves to!
Research has shown that at some point in their lives 8 out of 10 people will suffer from Dermatitis, and in the Hairdressing industry over 70% of employees have suffered from the work related disease. An employer has to protect you or you would be able to make a dermatitis claim against them. Even if you don’t work in the industry doesn’t mean you are free, everyday off the shelf products such as hair oils, shampoos, hair dyes and hair extension glues can cause a reaction, even if you have used these products 100’s of times before.
The main type of Dermatitis which is caused through hair care products is Contact Dermatitis. When a reaction is caused it can lead to the scalp, neck, and hand areas to become red, inflamed and itchy, causing cracking of the skin. Severe cases develop blisters and severely weep. Although Dermatitis is not contagious, it is very uncomfortable, unappealing and costly for the sufferer. Action must be taken as soon as possible to avoid the condition from getting worse. Although you may have been using a product for years it doesn’t mean that there isn’t a chance of contracting dermatitis. Its occurs when your immune system reacts against a specific substance known as an allergen; even the smallest amount of allergens you come in contact with can cause an outbreak of Allergic Dermatitis.
If you notice something different with your skin after using a substance seek medical advice as soon as possible. The longer the problem is left the worse it will become and harder the Dermatitis will be to treat. Creams and lotion can be acquired through your GP or similar products from off the shelf. A warm bath can often soothe the condition but avoid using heavy fragrances and soaps. Dove care products are specially made for those who are irritant and avoid scratching at all costs as this will make the problem worse.
Contact Dermatitis is avoidable – when using new products especially hair dyes always make sure that you try a skin test first and always wear non-latex gloves when dealing with strong substances. Moisturise after every wash and hand several times a day to prevent a flair up from occurring.
Looking beautiful may be costly but avoiding Dermatitis isn’t!