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What is dry shampoo, which Unilever recalled amid fears it could cause cancer

Highlights

You can use dry shampoo to clean your hair without wetting it.
Benzene has been found in these shampoos, which according to the company can cause cancer.
The FDA says that the amount found in them does not pose a risk of fatal disease.

New Delhi. Unilever Plc has recalled several aerosol dry shampoos. These shampoos are sold under different brand names including Dove, Nexus, Tresemme and Tiggy etc. The company has done this after finding a chemical that causes cancer in those products. Benzene has been found in these shampoos. The company has recalled those products which were made before October 2021.

After this matter came to light, once again a debate broke out over the use of aerosols in personal care products. In the last 1.5 years, many aerosol sunscreens have been recalled from the market. These include products from companies like J&J, Agewell Personal Care. Apart from this, antiperspirants have also been recalled. This was done after benzene was found in all these products.

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What is dry shampoo?
You can use dry shampoo to clean your hair without wetting it. They come in powder or spray form. According to the Cleveland Clinic, these starch or alcohol based shampoos remove accumulated oil and grease from the hair and make them appear thicker. Some dry shampoo contains an aerosol spray.

What are the disadvantages of dry shampoo?
Describing it as harmful to health, Unilever said that benzene can enter your body through smell, food or skin. If it enters the body, it can cause blood cancer of bone marrow, leukemia and blood disorder. Benzene is present in the environment and people keep coming in contact with it in some way or the other at home or outside. The FDA said that the amount of benzene found in the products that have been recalled cannot cause any dangerous disease. Also, the Cleveland Clinic has said that dry shampoo should not be used every day or every few days. This breaks your hair and stops hair growth.

Name of some of the recalled products
Dove Dry Shampoo Volume & Fullness, Dove Dry Shampoo Coconut, Dove Dry Shampoo Fresh & Floral, Nexus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist, Nexus Energy Foam Shampoo & Revive, Suav Dry Shampoo Hair Refresher, Tresme Dry Shampoo Volumizing & Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo has been recalled.

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