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Dermatology/allergy to hair dye


Hi. Apologies if this is out of your expertise but I'm not quite sure who to ask.
I've recently developed a serious allergic reaction* to hair dye and the chemicals in it. PPD, ammonia, resorcinol etc.
I'm going to use plant based hair dye but I wanted to know if you think peroxide for hair is equally as dangerous. When I look at the ingredients for hair peroxide I cannot decipher what these chemicals really are and if they are likely to produce a reaction similar to hair dye (which lifts and deposits color rather than peroxide which is essentially bleach).
Again I apologize if this is out of your expertise.

Thank you very much.

(*light headedness, difficulty breathing and tremulousness).


Benzoyl peroxide side effects

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome when using Benzoyl peroxide.

Dryness; feeling of warmth; irritation; itching; mild peeling, redness, or swelling of the skin.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Benzoyl peroxide.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; dizziness; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); excessive burning, itching, redness, swelling, or tenderness of your skin; extreme dryness.

We use benzoyl peroxide every day in our clinic to treat acne topically.


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