Scientists have discovered that organic shampoo can reduce skin cancer risk by up to 30%.
The findings have been published in the journal PLoS ONE.
The researchers used data from the National Cancer Institute’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to analyze the effectiveness of 10 brands of organic hair conditioners.
They found that the products tested reduced the risk of developing skin cancer by 29.3 percent, compared with an average of 5.9 percent for those using conventional hair conditioner treatments.
“We found that these organic brands significantly reduce the risk for skin cancer in the population,” said lead author Anil Sharma, an assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Michigan.
“This is a remarkable finding that could have important implications for the treatment of cancer in general.”
Sharma said that it’s unclear whether the products are safe for use in humans, but that the results should serve as a wake-up call for the FDA.
“This is just the beginning,” he said.
“We hope that the FDA will take this and take it seriously and will investigate and take action.
Organic shampoo should be taken seriously.”
The findings are important because organic hair products can also reduce other types of cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
The American Cancer Society recommends using hair care products containing no parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, or fragrance.
Sharma hopes that the findings can be used to inform consumers about the benefits of these products, but he cautions that there’s no evidence yet that they actually work for preventing skin cancer.
“The only thing that can be done is to find out whether or not the product is safe for people, and that’s going to take time,” he explained.
Shama and his colleagues are working to develop a new generation of hair condition-related products that will be more effective and more affordable.
“People can find products that have proven safety and efficacy, but they have to be able to afford them,” Sharma said.