Experts say desalinated water causes hair fall and skin allergies

According to experts, desalinated water is the factor responsible for the frequent complaints of hair loss, dry skin, rashes and allergies, reported largely by people who reside in big Middle Eastern cities like Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the like.

Experts opine that while the hardness of desalinated water is good for use and even potable, it becomes problematic after its PPM (particles per million) increases manifold when it is channeled for distribution through the pipelines.

PPM refers to Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) – including various kinds of minerals like calcium, magnesium, nitrate, potassium, and sodium – which are present in water.

It is the over-presence of TDS in the water that results in the common complaints about hair loss and skin allergies.

As per the experts, the PPM of desalinated water in the GCC region falls in the range of between 100 and 150, vis-à-vis the 40 to 50 PPM-range of the normal treated water in other countries.

Going by the information forwarded by water industry sources, well off families in the GCC region use imported potable water - half-a-liter of which can cost up to a whopping QR25 – more so as the PPM of some local water brands is often questioned; and experts say that these brands are not up to the mark!