Personal Care Products Dangers
AVOID These Ingredients in Personal Care Products
What you put on your skin can go into your body to affect your health and sense of well-being – either negatively or positively. You can choose which... if you know the facts.
As our body’s biggest organ, your Skin is your most important immune defense barrier as well as your largest organ for eliminating waste. Commercial products with harmful petroleum ingredients can plasticize and “constipate” your skin, making germs more likely to get in and toxins less likely to get out of your body. When personal care products that you use contain these ingredients, you or your skin are NOT as radiant and healthy as you could be!
Every day we use products that we think are safe. The truth is that products are NOT always safe and manufacturers don’t have to tell us so. Ever since 1938 – when the PDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry – such products can be marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests show. Most of the 25,000 chemicals used today have not been tested for long-term toxic effects. In a typical day, you might be exposed to over 200 different chemicals, many of which are suspected of causing cancer or juggling hormones. EPA tests conclude that ingredients in shampoos, dyes, and other personal care products “maybe playing havoc with hormones that control reproduction and development.
It is the accumulation of toxins over your lifetime, including what you do now, that affects your health now and in the future. Become informed of the dangers that exist in your personal care products.
START CHECKING ALL PRODUCTS LABELS:
AVOID THESE 17 HARMFUL, HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS!
Propylene Glycol (PG), Butylene Glycol and Ethylene Glycol: Found in Anti-freeze. Acts as a “surfactant” (wetting agent and solvent). Penetrates skin and weakens protein and cellular structure. Strong enough to remove barnacles from boats! The EPA considers PG so toxic that workers are required to wear protective clothing. We are asked not to pour them into our soil. PG penetrates the skin so quickly. Yet we smear them onto our bodies. The EPA warns against contact to prevent brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. But there isn’t even a warning label on products such as facial cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste under arm deodorants and baby products.
Sodium Hydroxide: The most recent addition to our personal care products. This is a poison (caustic lye) found in drain cleaners, yet is now found in our children and adult toothpaste!
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS): Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners… and in over 90% of personal care products! SLS breaks down the skin’s moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate. Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a “nitrosamine”, a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling “comes from coconut” or “coconut-derived. Detergents that pose serious health threats. Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. Young eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS. May damage the skin’s immune system. Can be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. Your body may retain the SLS for up to five days and maintain residual levels in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain.
DEA (Diethanolamine). MEA (Monoethanolaniine) & TEA (Triethanolamine): Hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing nitrates. Restricted in Europe due to carcinogenic effects, yet they are still used in the United States. Americans may be exposed 10-20 times per day with shampoos, shaving creams and bubble baths. Dr. Samuel Epstein (Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois) says the repeated applications of DEA-based detergents result in major increase in liver and kidney cancer. The PDA’s John Bailey says “the risk is significantly increased for children”.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): Used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. Shown to cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation. Carcinogenic petroleum ingredient that reduces the skin’s natural moisture. It increases the appearance of aging and leaves you vulnerable to bacteria. Used in spray-on oven cleaners and cleansers to dissolve oil and grease.
DMDM & Urea (Imidazolidinyl): Two of many preservatives that often release formaldehyde which cause joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep. Exposure also irritates the respiratory system: triggers heart palpitations or asthma, and aggravates coughs and colds. Other side effects include weakening the immune system and cancer.
Mineral Oil: Petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic wrap, clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. Baby oil is 100% mineral oil! They create a build-up of toxins, which in turn accumulate and can lead to dermatologic issues. Suspected cause of cancer. Disruptive of hormonal activity. By the way, when there’s an oil spill in the ocean, don’t they rush to clean it up – fast? Why put that stuff on your skin?
Triclosan: Synthetic “antibacterial” with a chemical structure similar to Agent Orange! The EPA registers it as a pesticide, giving it high scores as a risk to human health and the environment. It is in a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. It may produce dioxin, a hormone-disrupting chemical with toxic effects measured in the parts per trillion: that is only one drop in 300 Olympic-size swimming pools! Hormone disrupters pose enormous long-term chronic health risks. It can change genetic material, decrease fertility and sexual function, and foster birth defects. Internally, it can lead to cold sweats, circulatory collapse, and convulsions. Stored in body fat, it can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidneys and lungs, and can cause paralysis, brain hemorrhages and heart problems. Tufts University School of Medicine says Triclosan can force the emergence of “super bugs” that it cannot kill. Its widespread use in antibacterial cleansers, toothpastes and household products may have nightmarish implications on future generations.
Parabens: Anything that has paraben as part of its name. Parabens are widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers). An estimated 13,200 cosmetic and skin care products contain parabens. Studies implicate their connection with cancer. They have direct link to breast cancer and heart problems.They have hormone-disrupting qualities – mimicking estrogen – and interfere with the body’s endocrine system.
Alcohol, Isopropyl (SD-40): Drying, irritating solvent that strips skin’s moisture and immune barrier, making you vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. Made from a petroleum derivative found in shellac and antifreeze as well as personal care products. Promotes brown spots and premature aging. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients says it may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma. Fatal ingested dose is one ounce or less.
Phenol carbolic acid: Found in many lotions and skin creams. Can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsions, coma and even death from respiratory failure.
Acrylamide: Found in many hand and face creams. Linked to mammary tumors in lab research.
Dioxane: Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. Common in a wide range of personal care products. The compounds are usually contaminated with high concentrations of highly volatile 1,4-dioxane, easily absorbed through the skin. Dioxane’s carcinogenicity was first reported in 1965 and later confirmed in studies including one from the National Cancer Institute in 1978. Nasal passages and liver are the most vulnerable. Dioxane is easily removed during the manufacturing process by “vacuum stripping”. Warning: It is a synthetic derivative of coconut. Watch for hidden language on labels, such as “comes from coconut”. This dangerous chemical was recently found in all commercial detergents. Check labels carefully.
FD&C Color Pigments: Synthetic colors from coal tar that deposits toxins onto the skin, causing skin irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and death. Animal studies have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic.
Fragrances: Can contain up to four thousand ingredients (including animal urine), many toxic or carcinogenic. Causes headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing, vomiting, and skin irritation. Fragrances affect the nervous system, causing depression, hyper-activity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral changes.
Liutane or Propane: Found in aerosol products. May be narcotic and cause asphyxiation.
Toluene: Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances. Chronic exposure linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect a developing fetus. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) contains toluene. Other names may include benzoic and benzyl.
It is much safer to switch to skin care products made of plant names you recognize, can pronounce, and could even eat (if you had to). If you are concerned about your health, or have been exposed to many of these toxins, a detoxifying series of foot baths can help reduce some of the toxic exposure. At TLC Holistic Wellness we also have different detoxification programs to help your body eliminate stored toxins and improve overall body function.
Here is some current research validating toxic overload from personal care products and the environment.
- · More than 95% of cancer is caused by environmental toxicity and diet [Source: Columbia University School of Public Health]
- · The average city water contains more than 500 chemicals [Source: USA Today]
- · 150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [Source: Consumer Protection Agency (CPA)]
- · Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations [Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989]
- · Out of 2,435 pesticide poisonings in a one-year period, over 40% were due to exposure to disinfectants and similar cleaning products in the home. [Source: State of California Study]