Anti-dandruff chemicals pollute our waterways and everybody’s water supply
Dandruff is an infection of the scalp caused by an overproduction of sebum, which is the natural oil of the scalp. In the presence of excessive sebum, a fungus can develop. In fact, most people carry this fungus but as long as the sebum balance is normal, the fungus does not get out of hand. But for some people it can cause inflammation which results in the scalp shedding skin cells – dandruff.
Dandruff can be embarrassing especially in a business environment. Many people quickly resort to anti-dandruff treatments that are readily available over-the-counter in form of anti-dandruff shampoos and creams. These traditional anti-dandruff cosmetics contain fungicides that not only are harmful to our health but also present a detriment to our environment, in particular our water ways.
Two of the most common anti-dandruff ingredients are ketoconazole and antimycotic climbazole. Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal medication for skin irritations such as jock itch, ringworm as well as dandruff. Clinical studies have shown that some people could have severe allergic reactions to this drug. Many others could experience less grave side effects to include itching, redness, burning, and dry skin. Antimycotic Climbazole, likewise, is an anti-fungal drug most commonly used for dandruff and eczema. Its side effects also include skin irritation and allergic reactions.
Our waterways at risk
Thousands, possibly millions use anti-dandruff shampoos on a regular basis with the end results that a huge amount of these fungicides wash off into the drain and into our waterways where they wreak havoc: they kill algae, stunt the growth of other water-based plants essential for a healthy symbiosis of our waterways, and they are toxic to fish.
And ultimately, these fungicides end up back in our faucet: most water treatment plants cannot remove them efficiently. Analyses of water quality from waste water treatment plans found contaminants that could be traced back to cosmetics such as anti-dandruff shampoos, amongst others. Do you want to drink these contaminants?
What can you do?
A safe way to avoid these chemicals is to filter your water. For all those that suffer from dandruff and use anti-dandruff shampoo there are natural ways to fight and prevent dandruff. Some easy to implement head and hair habits include:
- Avoid too hot water.
- Refrain from using heated styling tools.
- Curb excessive hair washing.
- Proper nutrition cutting back on sugar which promotes the growth of fungi (limit consumption of sugar-rich juices and fruits).
For a natural treatment of dandruff, try Kandala Argan Oil which naturally contains huge amounts of anti-microbial properties that can help you fight dandruff without the negative side effects conventional anti-dandruff shampoos have on your body as well as our environment.
Simply massage in some argan oil into your scalp regularly until the problem recedes.