Are you aware that most of
the shampoos and personal care products used today have cancer causing
agents? The following identifies many of the ingredients commonly
found in shampoos and skin care products and their possible side
This is a solvent and denaturant (poisonous substance that changes
another substance's natural qualities). Isopropyl alcohol is found
in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after shave lotions,
fragrances and many other cosmetics. This petroleum derived substance
is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac. According
to a Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or
ingestion of the vapor may cause headaches, flushing, dizziness,
mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and coma.
MINERAL OIL: Baby
oil is 100% mineral oil. This commonly used petroleum ingredient
coats the skin just like plastic wrap. The skin's natural immune
barrier is disrupted as this plastic coating inhibits its ability
to breathe and absorb the natural Moisture Factor (moisture and
nutrition). The skin's ability to release toxins is impeded by this
"plastic wrap", which can promote acne and other disorders. This
process slows down skin function and normal cell development causing
the skin to prematurely age.
PEG: This is an abbreviation
for polyethylene glycol that is used in making cleansers to dissolve
oil and grease as well as thicken products. Because of their effectiveness,
PEG's are often used in caustic spray-on oven cleaners and yet are
found in many personal care products. PEG's contribute to stripping
the natural Moisture Factor, leaving the immune system vulnerable.
They are also potentially carcinogenic.
PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG):
As a "surfactant" or wetting agent and solvent, this ingredient
is actually the active component in antifreeze. There is
no difference between the PG used in industry and the PG used in
personal care products. It is used in industry to break down protein
and cellular structure (what the skin is made of) yet is found in
most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after shave- deodorants,
mouthwashes and toothpaste. It is also used in food processing.
Because of its ability to quickly penetrate the skin, the EPA requires
workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles when working
with this toxic substance. The Material Safety Data Sheets warn
against skin contact, as PG has systemic consequences such as brain,
liver, and kidney abnormalities. Consumers are not protected not
is there a warning label on products such as stick deodorants, where
the concentration is greater than that in most industrial applications.
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
(SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES):
Used as detergents and surfactants, these
closely related compounds are found in car wash soaps, garage floor
cleaners and engine degreasers. Yet both SLS and SLES are used more
widely as one of the major ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste,
hair conditioner and about 90% of all shampoos and products that
foam. Mark Fearer in an article, Dangerous Beauty, says "...in tests,
animals that were exposed to SLS experienced eye damage, along with
depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation
and corrosion and death". According to the American College of Toxicology
states both SLS and SLES can cause malformation in children's eyes.
Other research has indicated SLS may be damaging to the immune system,
especially within the skin. Skin layers may separate and inflame
due to its protein denaturing properties. It is possibly the
most dangerous of all ingredients in personal care products.
Research has shown that SLS when combined with other chemicals can
be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens,
which causes the body to absorb nitrates at higher levels that eating
nitrate-contaminated food." According to the American College of
Toxicity report, "SLS stays in the body for up to five days..."
Other studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through
the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart,
the liver, the lungs and the brain. This poses serious questions
regarding its potential health threat through its use in shampoos,
cleansers and toothpaste. Animals that were exposed to SLS experienced
eye damage, along with depression, labored breathing, diarrhea,
severe skin irritation and corrosion and death.
to Doris J. Rapp, M.D., author of Is This Your Child's World?, exposure
to chlorine in tap water, showers, pool, laundry products, cleaning
agents, food processing, sewage systems and many others, can effect
health by contributing to asthma, hay fever, anemia, bronchitis,
circulatory collapse, confusion, delirium, diabetes, dizziness,
irritation of the eye, mouth, nose, throat, lung, skin and stomach,
heart disease, high blood pressure and nausea. It is also a possible
cause of cancer. Even though you will not see Chlorine on personal
care product labels, it is important for you to be aware of the
need to protect your skin when bathing and washing your hair.
DEA (diethanolamine) MEA
(momoethanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine):
DEA and MEA are usually listed on the ingredient
label in conjunction with the compound being neutralized. Thus look
for names like Cocamide DEA or MEA, Lauramide DEA, etc. These are
hormone disrupting chemicals and are known to form cancer causing
nitrates and nitrosamines. These are commonly found in most personal
care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos,
soaps and facial cleansers. On the show CBS This Morning, Roberta
Baskin revealed that a recent government report shows DEA and MEA
are readily absorbed in the skin. Dr. Samuel Epstein, Professor
of Environmental Health at the University of Illinois said, "repeated
skin applications of DEA-based detergents resulted in a major increase
in the incidence of two cancers - liver and kidney cancers". John
Bailey, who oversees the cosmetic division for the FDA said the
new study is especially important since "the risk equation changes
significantly for children."
FD & C COLOR PIGMENTS:
Many color pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption
of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen in the body and
even death according to a Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients.
Debra Lynn Dadd says in Home Safe Home: "Colors that can be used
in foods, drugs and cosmetics are made from coal tar. There is a
great deal of controversy about their use, because animal studies
have shown almost all of them to be carcinogenic."
is present in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care,
body care, and baby products. Many of the compounds in fragrance
are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. "Fragrance on a label can indicate
the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients. Most of all of
them are synthetic. symptoms reported to the FDA have included headaches,
dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing and vomiting,
and allergic skin irritation. Clinical observation by medical doctors
have shown that exposure to fragrances can affect the central nervous
system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability
to cope, and other behavioral changes." Home Safe Home.
IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and
DMDM HYDANTOIN: These are just tow of the many preservatives
that release formaldehyde (formaldehyde-donors). According to the
Mayo Clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause
skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations. Exposure to formaldehyde
may cause joint pain, allergies, depression, headaches, chest pains,
ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness and loss of sleep. It
can also aggravate coughs and colds and trigger asthma. Serious
side effects include weakening of the immune system and cancer.
Nearly all brands of skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants and
nail polish found in stores contain formaldehyde releasing ingredients.