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cosmetic ingredientsThe skin is the largest organ and it absorbs 60% of whatever is applied topically.  Skin care products have lots of ingredients that may be a hazard to our health.  Read product labels carefully and choose products wisely.

  1. Parabens are preservatives that are known to cause hormone imbalance in women, infertility in men and can be found in female breast cancer tumors.  Choose products that are paraben-free.
  2. Benzoyl peroxide is used in products to help fight acne but it causes DNA damage in humans and animals.  It is considered a mutagen that can cause growth of tumors.
  3. Triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent in toothpaste and soap products.  The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has it registered as a pesticide that is showing up in humans in their blood and urine and our water supply.  It has a high potential to cause cancer and muscle weakness.  Also check out previous postings on this blog about triclosan.
  4. Isopropyl alcohol is a mainstay product in every home and it is used in skin care products as a drying agent.  Used incorrectly, it can remove protective oils from the skin and leave it vulnerable to mold, bacteria and viruses.  It can also be fatal if even one ounce is ingested.
  5. Mineral oil is a petroleum product that is akin to putting a plastic coating on the skin (baby oil).  It is a pore clogger that can lead to acne, slows down cell development and can speed up skin aging.  Use vegetable oil (olive, jojoba) or other oils (almond, apricot, avocado, grapeseed, etc.).
  6. MEA (Monoethanolamine), DEA (diethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine) are products that have been banned in Europe but can be found in the U.S. in shampoo, shaving cream, and bubble bath.  All of these products are known to be carcinogens.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Swanson, M. (2013). The Fashion Spot, “Read the label: 5 common skin care ingredients everyone should avoid”. Retrieved September 4, 2013, from: http://www.thefashionspot.com/beauty/326433-harmful-skincare-ingredients-to-avoid

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