Experts say that desalinated water, often used in large Middle Eastern cities, is causing a rise in the number of people suffering from dry skin, rashes, allergies and hair loss. People from Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi are reporting skin problems and excessive hair shedding.
Desalinated water, or ‘hard’ water, is good for general use and drinking however it can cause problems for skin and hair when the water’s PPM (particles per million) increase beyond a certain level. This happens when the water is distributed through pipelines. PPM relates to Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) – which include minerals such as calcium, magnesium, nitrate, potassium and sodium – which are found in water. When the level of TDS rises, it can cause skin allergies and hair loss.
The PPM of desalinated water in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region is said to fall between 100 and 150, compared to the 40 – 50 PPM range of standard treated water in other countries. The water industry says that families in the GCC region with a high-income import potable water. However it looks like mid- to low-income families may suffer the most as local water has been criticised by experts for its high PPM.
Senior hair loss specialist at the Belgravia Centre, Leonora Doclis, says, “We see a number of clients who notice that they start losing hair when they lived in the Middle East.” However Doclis explains that the clients are usually affected with genetic hair loss. Regardless of water quality, genetic hair loss is actually a common problem affecting approximately 80% of men and 50% of women at some point in their lives and results from a genetic predisposition to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which attacks the hair follicles causing them to shrivel and hair growth to slow down. It is possible to treat Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss using hair loss treatments. There are only two that have been proven to be safe and effective. Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia (for men only) produce optimum results when they are tailored to an indivdual’s type and stage of hair loss.
The Belgravia Centre has a team of highly experienced hair loss specialists who have helped thousands of men and women to maintain healthy hair growth by prescribing a course of treatment suited to the individual. To see the kind of results that can be achieved using a tailored hair loss treatment programme, take a look at Belgravia’s collection of hair loss success stories.
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