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26 year-old woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM

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26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM

A chemical used in hair straighteners sold online could cause kidney failure, doctors warn — after a woman who regularly got her hair done suffered organ damage

26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM
26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM

The woman, who was not named, also felt nauseous and suffered from vomiting, diarrhea, fever and back pain just after regularly using products with glyoxylic acid.

She had no health problems before the treatments, but said she would also feel a burning sensation on her scalp whenever the chemicals were applied.

Doctors warned that glyoxylic acid and its derivatives — like glycolic acid — popular in ‘Brazilian’ and ‘formaldehyde-free’ hair straightening treatments, could seep through the skin into the blood and travel to the internal organs.

26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM
26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM

Once there, they could form crystals — the doctors suggested — which may stop the kidneys from functioning correctly.

In the case, revealed in the New England Journal of Medicine, the woman went for treatments three times at the same salon in June 2020, April 2021 and July 2022.

On the same day after each treatment she was diagnosed with acute kidney injury, which is a sudden loss of function in the kidneys — when they stop filtering water and waste products from the blood.

Hospital tests showed levels of creatinine — a waste product — in her blood surged to double their normal measurements.

It was not clear how she was treated, but this may have included intravenous fluids and dialysis — or being hooked up to a machine to filter the blood.

26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM
26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM

The woman, from Tunisia, had used a cream that contained ten percent glyoxylic acid.

Doctors suggested glyoxylic acid damaged the kidneys because within the organs it was broken down into ‘elongated’ crystals which formed stones and stopped the organs from functioning properly.

26 year-old Woman suffers organ failure from HAIR CREAM
A product available on Amazon which also contains the chemical

Glyoxylic acid works by temporarily altering the structure of hair, allowing hairdressers to change frizzy hair to straight.

The revelation comes amid three lawsuits against L’Oreal over its hair straightening cream, which women claim gave them cancer.

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