Common Deadly Ingredients In Skin Care and Cosmetics

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After reading this list of 10 things we should know about ingredients in our products, things are starting to make sense to me now. Like why my kids scalp gets itchy after they washed their hair and why I sometimes get skin irritation after putting on a certain brand of moisturizer. Yes, moisturizer! So now I know that some moisturizers actually dry out your skin depending on what stuff gets thrown inside the bottle. Worst yet, the bad stuff could be absorbed by our skin and into our bloodstream. If our body can not process these chemicals, they are stuck inside and that's when damage to our organs occur. Funny thing is up until today, I've always suspected that maybe it's the ingredients in the moisturizer that is causing my allergic reaction but I never really gave it much thought. I also know to avoid using products with ingredients like parabens and sulfates because these chemicals have been linked to several types of cancers and other health issues. A while back, I wrote about why paraben and sulfate free shampoos are good for us. So back to the 10 things that I read, I encourage everyone to read the ingredients label of their skin care and personal care products. Our health is priceless and it's way too important for us to assume that the products we use are safe for us. I used to think that in the United States, the government regulates the industry that makes our makeup, shampoos, deodorants, and etc. but the truth to the matter is, they don't. Good thing is we have organic and natural alternatives that are safe and healthy. 
  1. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol - petroleum derivatives that act as solvents, surfactants, and wetting agents that can easily penetrate the skin, and can weaken protein and cellular structure.
  2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - foaming agents and dissolve the oil in our skin. They are known to cause eye, scalp, and skin irritation as well as damage to  the hair follicle. These chemicals are used in engine degreasers, laundry detergent, and carpet cleaners.
  3. Diethanolamine(DEA), Monoethanolamine (MEA) & Ttriethanolamine(TEA) - these chemicals are already restricted in Europe due to known carcinogenic effects. They are used as emulsifiers, thickeners, wetting agents, detergents, and alkalizing agents. Repeated skin application of DEA was found to cause liver and kidney damage in laboratory animals.
  4. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) - PEG compounds often contain small amounts of ethylene oxide. According to experimental results reported on in the National Toxicology Program's Eighth Annual Report on Carcinogens, ethylene oxide increases the incidences of uterine and breast cancers and of leukemia and brain cancer.
  5. Sodium Hydroxide - an additive that is a strong irritant and corrosive to the skin, eyes, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal system if ingested.
  6. Triclosan - artificial antimicrobial chemical used to kill bacteria on the skin and other surfaces. Recent studies suggest this chemical may disrupt thyroid function (Veldhoen 2006) and may also disrupt other critical hormone systems.
  7. DMDM and Urea (Imidazolidnyl) - a preservative used to to prevent molds, mildews, and bacterial spoilage. It may irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations.
  8. Parabens (Begins with: Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Isoprobly, Isobutly) - antimicrobial preservatives to help products last longer. Samples of breast cancer tissues have shown six different parabens used in cosmetic products. 
  9. Alcohol (Ethyl, Ethanol, Isopropyl) - a solvent and denaturant (substance that changes another substance's natural qualities) and has a drying effect on your skin or hair.
  10. Phthalates - used to moisturize and to help chemicals absorb into the skin. Phthalates are considered hazardous waste and are regulated as pollutants in air and water buts are unregulated in food, cosmetics, and medical products in the U.S. In contrast, the European Union restricts use of some phthalates.
  11. FD&C Color Pigments - "Food, Drug, and Cosmetic" artificial color pigments that are usually made from coal tar that deposit toxins onto the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation.
  12. Fragrances - 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum that are capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. (Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace, Report by the Committee on Science & Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, Sept. 16, 1986. (Report 99-827))


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20 comments:

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

With my recent experience, I wonder what RID is going to do to us?

Not good, I'm sure.

Priscilla said...

Oh my! That rules out basically 98% of all products on the market I think! sigh...

Veronica Lee said...

Scary, isn't it? What price for beauty! Thanks for sharing this.

Missed ya, Rosebelle.

Have a nice day!

AVCr8teur said...

I like reading labels before I buy certain things. This is quite a list. Why do they put so much hazardous ingredients in products?!

Wendy said...

oh, this is nice to have all this info in one place. But you're right, we do have so many good options right now. Unfortunately most of the time natural and good quality mean more expensive.

levian said...

oh gosh, this piece of information is definitely useful in a long run. but it will be so difficult to remember all those names n terms. not good, we are paying too much attention on the prices instead of what it will do to our health.

myorii said...

Wow, scary to learn about all these deadly things in our everyday skin care products.... I hope that my daughter's lotions don't have these in them because we've been using them on her since she was born! Thanks for the information!

Buckeroomama said...

More and more reason to go organic... My SIL just emailed me her list, too and it's scary because we use Johnson's Top-to-Toe whenever we travel only because it's so convenient, but now we definitely will have to use a different brand!

willie a.k.a reptoz said...

Hey, have not heard from you for a long long time. What's up?

Ash said...

that's what i'd think that they are "safe enough" to go on the shelves. wished organic stuff werent too expensive!

TK said...

Nice to see you again dear RoseBelle...
It's really scary knowing that we are using deadly ingredients in our everyday life..the cosmetics, the processed food that we eat..almost everything.
We surely have to be more careful...
Thanks for sharing this RoseBelle.Very useful info indeed

Mei Teng said...

Does that mean one can't use any skincare products coz I believe most would contain the ingredients listed?

ModernMom said...

It really is scary what can be found in everyday products!

Christina Lee said...

Hmmm so interesting. Isn't #2 in every bottle of shampoo?

Savvy Gal said...

Oh my gosh. This is scary.

Mama Zen said...

Wow! That's really scary!

MaryMoh said...

Very informative post. Really scary come to think of it. Thanks very much for sharing.

Jo's Health Corner said...

A very good post about the dangerous chemicals in common products (even in some so called good for you products). I'm so glad I make most of what I need.

levian said...

dropping by to say Happy New Year! n wishing you n your lovely daughters all the happiness in the world! :)

Ummie said...

Wishing You & Your Family Happy 2011 Days Ahead :D)