Harbin, China – A middle-aged Chinese woman surnamed Che was diagnosed with chemical cirrhosis that may be caused by her long-time habit of dyeing her hair every month.

When she was in her 30s, she discovered grey hairs are starting to appear so she decided to cover them up by dyeing her hair. Unfortunately for her, the hair grew fast in less than a month. At the age of 40, grey hairs started to show on her temples and since then she decided to have her hair dyed at a salon every month.

Around two months ago, Chen was climbing the stairs to her bedroom when she started feeling unusually tired and breathless and her husband noticed that her skin and the whites of her eyes turned yellow. Her relatives immediately rushed the woman to the Department of Infectious Medicine in Harbin. She underwent a series of tests and it showed that she had more than 10 times the normal level of bilirubin in her body.

Bilirubin is a chemical compound usually found in cases of jaundice, anemia and liver diseases. It is an orange-yellow pigment that occurs normally when part of your red blood cells break down. Bilirubin is excreted in bile and urine, and elevated levels may indicate certain diseases.

Doctors diagnosed Chen with an advanced stage of cirrhosis and tried to figure out the cause. According to her, she had no alcoholic problems and her medical history showed no drugs that could have damaged her liver severely. So, in hopes to find the cause of her disease, they tried to ask her more questions.

The woman said she often visits the salon dye her hair every month for ten consecutive years. After the doctors heard about her monthly hair dye ritual, the doctors were able to find out the cause her cirrhosis.

Chen underwent more than 20 days of treatment in the hospital and luckily, her liver had some improvement but there’s no way they could reverse the chemical damage on her liver. They said that the skin absorbs these chemicals in most hair dyes which the liver later metabolizes.

The more frequent Chen dyed her hair, the more her liver was working overtime to break down the chemicals.

In the end, the doctors gave a stern reminder against frequent use of hair dyes and that intervals should be at least six months. Plant or organic hair dyes should also be used to avoid harmful chemicals.

What Is Liver Cirrhosis?

Liver Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions, such as hepatitis and chronic alcoholism or chemical exposure. The liver carries out several necessary functions, including detoxifying harmful substances in your body, cleaning your blood and making vital nutrients.

Cirrhosis occurs in response to damage to your liver. Each time your liver sustain any impairment, it tries to repair itself. In the process, scar tissue forms. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to function.


Cirrhosis often has no signs or symptoms until liver damage is extensive. When signs and symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Bleeding easily
  • Bruising easily
  • Itchy skin
  • Yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Swelling in your legs
  • Weight loss
  • Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
  • Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin
  • Redness in the palms of the hands
  • Testicular atrophy in men
  • Breast enlargement in men

Beauty treatments is not bad if done properly and in moderation. Be sure to consult your doctor at any event your body have any untoward signs after a certain procedure.

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