For most of us, we’re not supposed to wash our hair every day.
But with the growth of new technology and the growing popularity of hair removal treatments, you might want to consider taking a few extra precautions.
And if you’re worried about the long-term health effects, you should.
According to a new report by a research group at Duke University, there’s an increased risk of developing hair loss in people who have undergone hair removal surgeries.
Duke researchers analyzed data from 1,500 people with and without hair loss and examined the risk of hair loss over time.
“The most significant finding was that the incidence of hair breakage was significantly higher in people with a history of hair-removal-related hair loss,” the study concluded.
In other words, those with hair loss who were treated with an anti-inflammatory drug or gel were more likely to develop hair breakages.
The risk of permanent hair loss was higher among those who had previously undergone hair cutting or had done a cut-off procedure, such as removing a beard or removing eyebrows, compared to those who didn’t have such a history.
“We found that, overall, the association between treatment history and hair breakaging was not significant,” the authors wrote.
“For example, those who have had a cut, shaving, or eyebrow removal in the past year are more likely than those who did not to develop permanent hair breakpoints.”
This is the second study to look at the potential for hair loss following hair removal.
In April, a group of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, published a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology that found a link between a history or history of cutaneous hyperpigmentation (PHP) and a hair loss risk.PHP is a skin condition that can cause your skin to produce excess pigment that can interfere with your appearance.
It’s a serious condition that affects up to 10 percent of the population.
Symptoms of this condition include: blemishes, redness, irritation, and swelling of the skin.
It can also affect the hair follicles.
In the new study, the researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that PHP was a risk factor for hair breakdowns in people whose skin was oily, had scars, or had a history and treatment history of PHP.
“Our results indicate that people with severe skin damage or scars are at increased risk for developing permanent hair cuticles,” the researchers wrote.
“This study highlights the importance of skin care and hair care for people with permanent hair losses and indicates that PHM may be an important factor in determining whether or not a hair cut is permanent.”
The study was funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
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