Bathe At Your Own Risk: The Evils of Shampoo

By Rachel Cernansky | March 30, 2009 12:10 pm

baby.jpgThink washing your hair is a harmless act of hygiene? Think again! That is, if researchers into the dark sides of shampoo have anything to say about it.

It turns out that a fragrance used in many shampoos is a common allergen that may even cause eczema. Air-oxidized linalool, which is present in up to 80 percent of shampoo products, has been ranked as the third most common eczema-causing substance, falling behind only nickel and cobalt.

And even if you escape the eczema, once you wash and send those suds down the drain, they start spreading drug-resistant bacteria, according to new reports. Sewage sludge collected by municipalities contains antibiotic-resistant microbes that grow faster in the presence of chemicals in shampoo and household detergents.

Bad news for clean freaks—but hey, the no-shampooing look has certainly worked for some.

Image: Flickr / joeltelling

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