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  QUESTION: Please advise me if there are any ill effects from using Restoria hair cream, 09 Jul 2003, South Australia

Would you please advise me if there are any ill effects from using Restoria hair cream, which contains lead acetate & sulphur ammonium chloride.

My wife says that it not only affects my hair but is absorbed into my bloodstream and could cause long term side effects. is this true?

ANSWER: 09 Jul 2003

Dear Sir,

There could be long term side effects if lead is absorbed into your system (see  Health Impacts of Lead Poisoning)  from hair colouring agents such as Restoria, Grecian 2000 or Never Gray. Although there is no heading saying "WARNING on the "Never Gray" bottle it says: "Do not use on broken skin, wash hands thoroughly after use." To my mind these statements should be made under the heading "Directions" where the text is written nearly twice as large as the "warning". I think that the chances of people who are using this product having such perfect eyesight that they read unlabelled tiny warnings is small and thus the chances of the product being used on broken skin and remaining on hands and possibly being ingested (and being spread to taps which children might use etc), is quite high. Thus I would advise that any person using such a product can only know whether it is causing them to be lead poisoned by having a blood lead test. The GP can organise a blood lead test for you  and would be followed up by an investigation by the Health Department of the sources of lead in your  home.

Please let me know your blood lead level - I'm very interested.

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

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