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Aug 4, 2017

Toxic Ingredients in Beauty Prodcuts

Here are 10 harmful ingredients to look for in your hair, skin, nail and other personal care products. If your products contain these, throw them out.

1. Formaldehyde: A known carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, and some shampoos. Banned in the EU.
2. Fragrance/Perfume: A source of hidden chemicals such as phthalates, which have been linked to hormone disrupting effects. Fragrance is also connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.
3. Lead: A known carcinogen and hormone disruptor found in certain eyeliners, hair dye, and lipsticks but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient. The FDA has not set limits for lead in cosmetics.
4. Mercury: A known irritant and allergen that, with body accumulation over time, can impair the brain and nervous system. Found in skin lightening creams, mascara and some eye drops.
5. Parabens (Propyl-, Isopropyl-, Butyl-, and Isobutyl-): Used as preservatives, found in many products. A study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology in 2004 detected parabens in breast tumors and discussed the estrogen-like properties of parabens. While this doesn’t create a direct connection with cancer, I recommend avoiding these ingredients until research shows their safety.
6. Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.
7. DEA/TEA/MEA (Ethanolamines): Used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps and topical application has been associated with cancer in animal studies.(
8. Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin.
9. Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in hair dyes. Also, a coal-tar hair dye containing p-phenylenediamine (PPD) can cause dangerous skin reactions in some people.
10. Diethylene glycol (or DEG): A Central Nervous System depressant and potent kidney and liver toxin. Sometimes found in fragrances. Glycerin and Propylene glycol are sometimes contaminated with DEG, which are common ingredients in personal care products.
These are just 10 of the many possible ingredients that have been linked to harmful health effects. The concern is that skin care ingredients are not well regulated by the FDA, so we need to be careful. I’m not intending to scare you, but I just want you to be aware so you can make smart choices.
Scientists have found some of the ingredients above, like phthalates and fragrance components, in human tissues and samples, so it’s safe to say they’re being absorbed through the skin. These ingredients reach the bloodstream and, once there, have been linked to hormone disrupting effects.
Why is this a problem? Because research shows that these and other hormone disrupting chemicals have been linked to a number of health problems including infertility, lowered sperm counts, obesity, diabetes, thyroid imbalance, and certain types of cancers.

In addition, some ingredients have been linked to birth defects, low birth weight and preterm birth of babies whose mothers use them during pregnancy. Some of the research is from animal studies, but I suggest we not wait for human studies to take precautions now.