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7 Ingredients You Never Want to See on a Skin Care Product Label

By    |   Monday, 28 July 2014 04:36 PM


If you took the skin care and grooming section of a store and buried it in the ground, it would be declared a hazardous waste dump. That’s 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.

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“Many of these chemicals are considered safe in low doses by themselves,” Nneka Leiba, senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a consumer watchdog, told Newsmax Health.
 
“But we are concerned about the damage they can cause repetitively over time and synergistically with each other. There is no research or data for this.”
 
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.
 
Nationally known Palm Beach dermatologist Kenneth Beer, M.D., tells Newsmax Health that certain skin care ingredients should be avoided whenever possible.
 
“These include dioxin, triclosan, and products with color pigments. These can all cause potential problems,” he says.
 
Leiba says it is vital to be “vigilant and read labels closely.”
 
Another option is to consult the EWG’s database of more than 80,000 popular cosmetics at www.ewg.org/skindeep. It rates products from 0-10 in terms of increasing hazard. Any product rated from 7 to 10 is considered a “high hazard.”

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Here are seven chemicals you never want to see on a skin care product label:
 
1.      BHA and BHT. These closely related antioxidants are used as preservatives and are mainly used in moisturizers and makeup, particularly lipsticks. They are both linked to endocrine disruption, and BHA has been linked to cancer. They have been proven harmful to fish and other wildlife.
 
2.      Coal tar dyes. These are found in dark hair dyes and anti-dandruff products. They are widely linked to cancer and may also be contaminated with heavy metals 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.
 
3.      PEG compounds. These are found in cosmetic cream bases and can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a widely known carcinogen. Some manufacturers use a purification process to remove the 1,4-dioxane, but there is no way of knowing for sure which PEG-containing products are safe, which means it is best to avoid all of them.
 
4.      Benzoyl peroxide. Pregnant women should stay away from this acne medication ingredient, advises Rebecca Baxt, M.D., a New Jersey-based dermatologist. Also, if you use it near your mouth, be careful because it is harmful if swallowed.
 
5.      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 miscarriages.
 
6.      Triclosan. This synthetic antibacterial chemical is used as a pesticide. It’s got the same molecular structure as Agent Orange, the defoliant used during the Vietnam War that is associated with soldiers’ health problems.
 
7.      Parabens. These chemicals are used as preservatives in a variety of cosmetics. They are suspected endocrine disruptors and may interfere with male reproductive function. Parabens are commonly used in deodorants and antiperspirants and have been also linked to breast cancer.
 
The full version of this article appeared in Health Radar newsletter. To read more, click here.
 

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