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If you are just reading my blog today, please go back and read parts 1 and 2 of Toxins in Makeup.

So, just what is in our makeup? How bad can the ingredients really be? Here is a list of just some of the toxic items you can find in your makeup. I’ve also included a link to Cosmeticsdatabase.com for each of the ingredients below that is the direct link to the ingredient. You’ll see a Hazardous Score (HS) rating from Cosmeticsdatabase.com at the end of each item in bold. 0 is the least hazardous, 10 the most hazardous.

Mercury compounds are permitted by the FDA for use in eye makeup at concentrations up to 65 parts per million (p/p/m)…Mercury is both a deadly poison and a heavy metal. The skin easily absorbs mercury, and it accumulates in the body.3 HS = 10

Bronopol is used in mascara and other cosmetics. A skin irritant, bronopol has caused blindness and death in laboratory animals at concentrations much higher than used in cosmetic products.3 HS = 10

Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are found in nearly all brands of skin, body, and hair care products, antiperspirants, and nail polishes. Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM Hydantoin are just two of many preservatives that release formaldehyde, which can irritate the respiratory system, cause asthma, allergies, or skin reactions, even trigger heart palpitations. Formaldehyde exposure can cause joint or chest pain, depression, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, immune dysfunction, and cancer.6 HS = 10

Hexamethylenetetramine is a carcinogenic formaldehyde-compound used in lotions and creams, and must carry a warning label if used in concentrations greater than 0.05%. Trade names: Aminoform, Formid, Uritone, and Cystamin.3 HS = 0

Lanolin, a fatty secretion from sheep’s wool, is found in many cosmetics. Although lanolin is a natural product, it may be contaminated with DDT and other pesticides used on the animals.1 HS = 0

Mineral oil is used as an emollient to prevent water loss from skin, but can be toxic and actually dries out skin.3 HS = 1-5 depending on usage

1-Naphthol and 2-Naphthol are coal tar derivatives used as dye intermediates. They can be absorbed through skin and are skin irritants. Oral doses larger than one teaspoon can be fatal.3 HS = 6-8, HS = 1-5 depending on usage

Nitrosamines are a class of carcinogenic compounds that can be absorbed through skin. Nitrosamines are by-products created by the chemical reactions of many cosmetic ingredients including 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-l,3-diol, cocoyl sarcosine, Diethandamine (DEA), Imidazolidinyl urea, formaldehyde, hydrolyzed animal protein, Lauryl sarcosine, Monethanolamine (MEA), Quaternium-7,15,31,60, etc., Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth Sulfate), Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, Triethanolamine (TEA). However, vitamins C and E act as blocking agents, inhibiting the toxic effects of nitrosamines, and some manufacturers add vitamins C and E to their products for this purpose.3,7 HS = 8

p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid Benzyl Ester (PHB Esters), are widely used preservatives more commonly known as methyl paraben, propyl paraben, ethyl paraben, and butyl paraben. They are highly toxic, causing skin rashes and can behave as xenoestrogens, raising the risk of breast cancer in women and low sperm count in men.3,7 HS = 1, 8, 4, 3 and 5. See each link above for more information on each as they all have different toxic properties.

Petrolatum (petroleum and paraffin jelly) is a type of mineral oil used in baby oil, creams, lipstick, makeup remover, and lip-gloss. This type of waxy mineral oil sits on top of the skin, clogging the pores which leads to blackheads, whiteheads, and eventually, enlarged pores.7 HS = 1-3

Propylene Glycol is a petroleum derivative found in most forms of makeup and other cosmetics as a humectant (moisture retainer), surfactant (oil emulsifier), and solvent. Its industrial uses include hydraulic brake fluid and antifreeze. This additive causes allergic and toxic reactions in some individuals. Surprisingly, it is an ingredient in many products claiming to be “natural.” Because of Propylene Glycol’s ability to quickly penetrate skin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires workers to wear protective clothing, gloves, and goggles when working with this toxic chemical. The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warn against skin contact because of possible brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. Unfortunately, consumers are neither protected, nor warned against health risks. Stick deodorants have concentrations higher than most industrial applications.3,6 HS = 4-7

Quaternium-15 is a toxic agent used in cosmetic creams. Quaternium-15 can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions. Trade names: Dowicil 200, Dowicide Q, and Preventol.3 HS = 6

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products and industrial chemicals as a cleansing agent. It has a degenerative action on cell membranes and is damaging to hair and skin. High levels of skin penetration may occur at even low-use concentrations. Because it is derived from coconuts, SLS is implied to be “natural,” but it is mixed with sulfur trioxide or chlorosulforic acid and then neutralized with aqueous sodium hydroxide (lye). SLS is often combined with triethanolamine (TEA) which may be contaminated with the potent carcinogen, nitrosamines.8,3 HS = 2-3

SLS is used in labs around the world as a skin irritant to evaluate the healing potential of ingredients used on the SLS-irritated skin. Permanent eye damage has been observed, as well as residual levels of SLS in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain from skin contact. It may be damaging to the immune system. SLS’s protein-denaturing properties can inflame and separate skin layers.8 SLS is used in nearly every shampoo, cleanser, and toothpaste, including many products sold in health food stores.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (shortened from Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate or SLES) is a yellow liquid detergent similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, with higher foaming ability. SLES is considered slightly less irritating than SLS.3,8 HS = 3-6

Talc – used in face powders and baby powders – can cause lung problems. Talc may be contaminated with asbestos.3 HS = 2-3

Triethanolamine (TEA) is widely used throughout the cosmetic industry and is frequently found in so-called “natural” products as an emulsifier, pH adjuster, and preservative. TEA is a synthetic chemical that can be contaminated with potent carcinogens called nitrosamines.3 HS = 6

Color Additives date back as far as 5000 years. The desire to improve one’s
appearance is not a modern concept. Artificial colors and dyes are now included in
nearly every cosmetic product. The FDA lists two categories of color additives: coal-tar dyes derived from petroleum, and colors exempt from certification – primarily obtained from mineral, plant, or animal sources.9
http://www.townsendletter.com/FebMar2006/envirohealth0206.htm

Phthalates in cosmetics appear under the names of dibutylphthalate (DBP), dimethylphthalate (DMP), and diethylphthalate (DEP). They are used primarily at concentrations of less than 10%. Phthalates are part of a group of chemicals known as endocrine disruptors, that interfere with the body’s endocrine, or hormone system. They are a family of compounds found in a wide range of consumer products such as nail polishes, to increase their durability and reduce chips, and in cosmetics, perfumes, lotions and shampoos, to carry fragrance. Other phthalates are used to increase the flexibility and durability of plastics such as PVC, or included as coatings on medications or nutritional supplements to make them timed-release. A new study has found that exposure to phthalates, chemicals used in perfumes, nail varnish and plastics, at the prenatal stage can affect development and behavior in children.http://www.truthinaging.com/body/prenatal-use-of-cosmetic-phthalates-may-cause-development-problems-in-kids/ HS = 10, 8, 8

Click here for a printable pdf that lists Cancer linked chemicals found in makeup.

If that isn’t scary enough, ‘natural’ body products can still contain harmful chemicals that are deemed not harmful enough. They’re still in the products you are trusting to be a natural alternative. Here are a list of some of the chemicals that are in all-natural products:

Below is a list of the some of the most prevalent ingredients found in “natural” body care products and their effects on the human body.

  1. Ceteareth-6 — The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) panel has placed a warning on this ingredient that it be excluded from products used on injured or damaged skin.
  2. Coal Tar — in 1993, the FDA issued a warning to consumers about coal tar being a possible cancer risk. Coal tar appears in many hair dyes and strong dandruff and psoriasis shampoos, but the FDA failed to ban it even though studies have linked it to cancer in lab animals. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 71 hair-dye products contained ingredients derived from coal tar.
  3. Diethanolamine (DEA) or Triethanolamine (TEA) — These chemicals are often used as wetting agents, pH adjusters, as well as with many fatty acids to convert acid to salt (stearate), which then becomes the base for a cleanser. TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, hair and skin dryness. Both DEA and TEA are highly susceptible to contamination with nitrosamines, known to be potent carcinogens.
  4. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea — The most commonly used preservatives after parabens, these are well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology). They release high amounts of formaldehyde. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals have good anti-fungal properties, so they must be combined with other preservatives. Germall 115 releases formaldehyde at just over 10°.
  5. Mineral Oil — A petroleum derivative that is found in many moisturizers and causes severe allergic reactions.
  6. Parabens — Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl — Widely used as cosmetic preservatives and antimicrobials, even though they are known to be toxic and a leading cause of contact dermatitis. In addition, methyl paraben combines benzoic acid with the methyl group of chemicals, which are highly toxic. These can appear on labels as p-hydroxybenzoate (or PHB) esters. Some studies have shown that parabens mimic estrogen in rodents. The chemicals also have been shown to stimulate growth of human breast-cancer cells in the lab. A University of Reading study, published in the January 2004 Journal of Applied Toxicology, found that 18 of 20 breast tumors studied contained significant concentrations of parabens.
  7. Petrolatum — This is a very cheap jelly made from mineral oil that causes such skin problems as photosensitivity and interference with the body’s own natural moisturizing mechanism, which leads to dry skin and chapping. Oddly enough, this product often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate!
  8. Phthalates — generally covered by the general term “fragrance,” and readily absorbed by our fingernails, skin and lungs. In July 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported finding the metabolized forms of dibutyl phthalates, used in nail polish and synthetic fragrance, in every person tested in their national “body burden” study. Phthalates can lead to liver cancer and birth defects in lab animals. A study published in May 2005 from the University of Minnesota, Environmental Health Perspectives, found a connection between phthalates and genital abnormalities in baby boys.
  9. Propylene Glycol — Ideally this ingredient is made up of a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural. Usually however, it is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant, or substance that promotes moisture retention. In its synthetic form, it is known to cause allergic reactions, clogged pores, and blemishes.
  10. PVP/VA Copolymer — This is a petroleum-derived chemical used primarily in hairsprays and other cosmetics. Since the particles may contribute to foreign bodies in the lungs of sensitive persons, it is considered toxic.
  11. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate — A synthetic substance primarily used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. It can cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dry skin and allergic reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the parenthetic explanation that it “comes from coconut.” In a 1983 report on the safety of sodium lauryl sulfate, The Journal of the American College of Toxicology concluded that “studies have indicated that sodium lauryl sulfate enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, lungs and the brain from skin contact.”
  12. Stearalkonium Chloride — This chemical was developed by the fabric industry as a softener, and it is cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbal components. It can cause allergic reactions.
  13. Synthetic Colors — Synthetic colors are used to make cosmetics “pretty” and, along with hair dyes, should be avoided as they are believed to be cancer-causing agents. They appear on labels as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number; e.g., FD&C Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6.
  14. Synthetic Fragrances — Synthetic fragrances can contain as many as 200 ingredients. There is often no way of knowing what these chemicals are since the label simply states “Fragrance”, and these items do not have to list their chemical constituents. Potential problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rashes, hyperpigmentation, coughing, and vomiting. http://www.motherlove.com/faq_productstoavoid.php

While some of these are repetitive there are a few new items added that I hadn’t been aware of. Some of the scores weren’t so surprising while others were a lot higher than even I had thought. There’s a lot here to absorb. Again, think about what you feel is safe. Do you care that your products have ingredients that score a 10? Do you love how you look in your products more than you love your health? Remember, we do not know the full long term effects these ingredients can have on every single person. We only know that when accumulated over years, they can pose harmful effects on our bodies; in fact, most of them are found in cancerous tumors, especially breast cancer. Some of us are more susceptible than others. Who is to say that any one of these ingredients could be life-threatening just to your body? Look at me, I was Narcoleptic due to toxins in my environment. Many people aren’t as easily susceptible. Something may be triggered in you that may not be triggered in another person. Why do only some people in one family get breast cancer and others don’t? Do you want to risk being the one who ends up with an ailment that could have been prevented? My goal with this blog is to make everyone aware of the toxins that are in the environment. Too many of us are ignorant when it comes to these chemicals; we believe everything that is sold in stores is safe. I hope I’ve opened your eyes to what is out there. Now, it’s up to you to choose for yourself what you believe is safe.

This is especially true for pregnant women. Autism is on the rise and doctors can’t rule out that toxins or chemicals ingested by the child might trigger the onset of autism. “Since genes don’t completely explain autism risk or the rising number of new cases, scientists are searching for environmental explanations to fill in the blanks. The idea is that toxins, chemicals, or other harmful external elements may trigger autism, either by “turning on” or exacerbating a genetic vulnerability or independently disturbing brain development.” http://www.helpguide.org/mental/autism_signs_symptoms.htm

If you are pregnant and following this blog I highly recommend reducing the amount of toxins that you are around, ingest, and apply to your body. If there is a chance that autism is linked to the chemicals in our environment, wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry? In the long run it would be better for you and the health of your baby. Whatever you choose, may it be the right decision for you.

To be continued tomorrow…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1555173/Body-absorbs-5lb-of-make-up-chemicals-a-year.html

http://www.healthy-communications.com/7consumerreport.htm

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