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Polysorbate 80 Hair Loss
Could the use of polysorbate 80 in a lotion for hair loss cause cancer or other health hazards(if this lotion is used 2 ml every day for many years)?
Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more
Could the use of a lotion for hair loss based on polysorbate 80, if it is used for many years, every day, cause cancer and heart problems?
No proof in humans: The only readily available info on the cardiac effects of polysorbate 80 is in a study on dogs. (Experimental results in dogs do not necessarily prove that the same thing will happen in humans) There has been some concern, but no proof, it may affect humans when combined with amiodarone (a heart drug). Here is what the toxicology data network says:about polysorbate 80 http://tinyurl.com/o7t98tx ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are damages to heart caused by the daily use of polysorbate 80 for many years(present in lotion for hair)irreversible?
Not likely: Polysorbate 80 is used in a variety of foods (ice cream, for example) and cosmetic products. There is a theoretic risk for developing increased blood clots - but it is used as food additive both in europe and usa - the details of this product is http://www.Chservice.Ru/download/crills%20and%20crillets.Pdf. ...Read more
PROBABLY NOT: Polysorbate 80 is ubiquitous in the food/drug industry. It is used as an emulsifier in ice cream. Here, polysorbate makes the ice cream smoother and easier to handle, as well as increasing its resistance to melting. In general, polysorbate 80 is safe and well-tolerated, although a small number of people may be sensitive to this substance and it may be harmful to people with crohn's disease. ...Read more
Hair Loss: Hair is a protective adaptation of the body to the elements. Hair loss may be a result of numerous factors which may include, genetics, metabolic or exposure to a toxic environment. Medical treatment includes minoxidil, spirinolactone, propecia, (finasteride) etc... There are surgical options which includes implants. Laser therapy may help. Alternative remedies such as fo-ti may also be of help. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) can be reversed with rogaine (minoxidil) or Propecia if it's started soon enough. To maintain the results they have to be used on an ongoing basis. Hair loss due to pregnancy, trauma or shock will grow back with time. Hair loss due to underlying medical problems (ie: anemia) can be reversed if the medical problem is treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer