7 Ingredients You Never Want to See on a Skin Care Label
If you took the skincare grooming section of a store and buried it in the ground, it would be declared a hazardous waste dump. That is how dangerous many of the chemicals in these products are.
One in eight ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals that include carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors.
Many of these chemicals are considered sade in low doses by themselves, but we should be concerned about the damage they can cause repetitively over time and synergistically with each other.
The Food and Drug Administration has no authority over cosmetic manufacturers and does not require these companies to test products for safety. Cosmetic companies may use any ingredient except for certain color additives and substances classified as drugs.
More than 500 cosmetic products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in Japan, Canada and the European Union. Certain skin care ingredients should be avoided at all costs.
These include dioxin, triclosan, and products with color pigments. Here are the seven chemicals you never want to see on a skincare product label.
- BHA and BHT These are closely related antioxidants are used as preservatives in moisturizers and makeup, particularly lipstick. They are both linked to endocrine disruptions. BHA has been linked to cancer. They have been proven harmful to fish and other wildlife.
- Coal tar dyes. These are found in dark hair dyes and antidandruff products. They are widely linked to cancer and also may be contaminated with heavy metal which are toxic to the brain. Sometimes they are listed on labels as p-phenylenediamine or CI ( for color index) followed by a five digit number.
- PEG compounds. These are found in cosmetics cream bases and can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a widely known carcinogen. Sine manufacturers use a purification process to remove the 1,4 diozane, but there is no way of knowing for sure which PEG is safe, which means it is best to avoid all.
- Benzoyl Peroxide. Pregnant women should stay away from this acne medication ingredient at all costs. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant in the next year, you need to stay away from this. If you are having a hard time getting pregnant, then look to see if you are or have used a product with this ingredient in it.
- Dioxin This ingredient is often found in skin cleansers and other bath products. Dioxin has been linked with cancer, reduced immunity, nervous system disorders, birth defects and miscarriage.
- Triclosan This synthetic antibacterial chemical is used as a pesticide. It has the same molecular structure as Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War that was associated with many soldiers health problems and death.
- Parabens Found in antibacterial hand sanitizers, among other products, these chemicals are suspected endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproductively function. They are commonly used in deodorants and antiperspirants and have also been linked to breast cancer.
Health and Wellness Associates