POTENTIALLY HARMFUL SKINCARE CHEMICALS
Surely as it has happened to all of us, you have never been aware of the amount of harmful ingredients to your health contained in processed foods, skin care products, perfumes, sunscreens…
To begin with, find out about all those potentially harmful ingredients you should look out for to mantain your skin and overall health.
Moderate Hazard (EWG hazard ratings)
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate: This synthetic surfactant is a powerful cleansing and penetrating agent that may harm the skin’s barrier, which can in turn dry, wrinkle, or age your skin.
- Mineral Oil: Primarly used as a preservative or softening agent, this substance may cause dermatitis and even cancer if it accumulates in your body. As it is made of petroleum, it may be contaminated with carcinogens and has been reported to induce skin, lung and bronchial cancers.
- Benzophenone: Present in sunscreens, this UV-blocking agent may disrupt your hormonal balance, irritate your eyes, cause allergies and trigger respiratory or digestive problems.
- Phenoxyethanol: This is a synthetic preservative often used in cosmetics in place of parabens. While it is reported to be less toxic than parabens, it may irritate the mucous membrane and stay in your system. It also has an anesthetic effect and can lead to allergies.
- Triethanolamine (TEA): This pHI adjuster may induce allergic reactions such as eye irritations.
- Salicylic Acid: Present in acne treatment products, this substance penetrates deep into your skin and breaks downthe sebum built up in your pores to uproot acne. But large amounts absorbed into your skin may elicit vomiting, stomach pain, rapid breathing, or mental disorders. It may also cause rashes on sensitive skin.
- Imidazolidinyl Urea: This synthetic preservative works by releasing formaldehyde as it decomposesin a product over time. While formaldehyde is an effective preservative, it is a highly toxic carcinogen that may irritate your skin or mucous membrane by hardening protein and, if inhaled, lead to pharyngitis or bronchitis.
- Octyl Methoxycinnamate: This sunscreen agent may disrupt your hormone system and aggravate your skin. Oily and sensitive skin are vulnerable. 3
- Dimethicone: This is an antifoaming agent and a skin-conditioning agent that prevents the moisture in your skin from evaporating. If used over a long time, it can stay on the epidermis and hinder your skin’s breathing, leading to dryness or irritations for sensirive skin. It may affect your hormones and impair fertility.
High Hazard (EWG hazard ratings)
- Parabens: These widely-used preservatives in cosmetics may disrupt your hormonal balance, aggravate your skin, cause allergies, or increase risk of breast cancer.
- PEGs/PPGs: This family of chemicals is mainly used as a surfactant. It can cause irritations and help other chemicals deeply penetrate your skin.
- Diethanolamine (DEA): Found in cosmetics and shampoos, this surfactant is a possible carcinogen. Applying it on your skin may result in irritations, and at high doses, may cause blisters and burns. It also may lead to serious eye damage.
- Methylisothiazolinone (MIT): This sustance was used in South Korea as a humidifier desinfectant that resulted in scores of deaths. It can burn your skin at high doses or damage cell membranes.
- Colorants: Derived from coal tar, a byproduct of coal, these substances are commonly used in color cosmetics because they can create vivid colors with smaller amounts than natural dyes. They can increase the risk of various diseases, including hepatotoxicity, thrombocytopenia, asthma and cancer.
- Fragance: Fragances found in perfumes and many other cosmetics contain undisclosed chemicals not tested for safety and potential hormone disruptors like phthalates.
- BHA/BHT: This widely-used antioxidant in cosmetics may aggravate your skin, prompt hypersensitivity reactions, affect your nervous system, or cause genetic mutations. It is also reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen based on animal test results.
- Benzyl Salicylate: This colorless liquid is a fragance ingredient and UV light absorber. It is associated with skin irritations and allergies.
- Benzene: Found in sunscreens, benzene is a known human carcinogen. Short-term exposure to high doses may cause similar symptons to being anesthetized. Long-term exposure to low doses may lead to blood disorders and increase the rsk of leukemia. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies it as a Group 1 carcinogen.
- Oxybenzone: This chemical sunscreen absorbs through the skin and filters out UV rays. It is an allergen like benzophenone, and may cause hormonal problems because it penetrates your skin so easily.
And probably a lot more… are you surprised?
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