Chemicals used in Skin and Hair Products
absorb from skin, hair and body care products via the skin over 4.35 pounds
of the following acidic chemicals:
1. Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea - These are the most commonly
used preservatives after the parabens. They are well established as a
primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology).
These ingredients are derived from ANIMAL urine.
2. Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben - These are preservatives,
or commonly known used as inhibitors of microbial growth, which extends
the shelf life of products.
are widely used even though they are known to be toxic. Parabens have
been known to cause many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Methyl paraben
combines benzoic acid with the methyl group of chemicals and is highly
Petrolatum - Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil causes a
lot of problems when used on the skin-it can produce photosensitivity
(i.e., promotes sun damage), and it tends to interfere with the body's
own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping,
hence creating what the product is intended to prevent.
Propylene Glycol - Propylene Glycol is a vegetable glycerin mixed with
grain alcohol, which are both "natural". Usually it is a synthetic
petrochemical mix used as a humectant. Propylene glycol been known to
cause allergic and toxic reactions and alcohols are drying to the skin
PVP/VA Copolymer - A petroleum-derived chemical used in hair sprays, wave
sets and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since particles
may contribute to foreign bodies in the lungs of sensitive persons.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate - This synthetic substance is used in shampoos for
its detergent and foam-building abilities. It causes eye irritations,
skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic
reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with
the parenthetic explanation "comes from coconut". SLS is a detergent
that poses serious health threats. Used in garage floor cleaners and engine
degreasers. Research indicates that exposure to SLS can result in eye
damage, depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation,
and even death! Eyes may not develop properly if exposed to SLS. SLS can
be transformed into nitrosamines, a potent class of carcinogens. Your
body can retain SLS for up to five days and maintain residual levels in
the heart, liver, lungs, and brain.
Stearalkonium Chloride - A chemical used in hair conditioners and creams,
which causes allergic reactions because it is highly toxic. Stearalkonium
chloride was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, and
is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than
proteins or herbals, which do help hair health.
Synthetic Colors - The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic
be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labeled as
FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: FD&C
Red No. 6 / D&C Green No. 6.
Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a cosmetic
has them in it, don't use the cosmetic. FD&C Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue
#1 are synthetic colors from coal tar that deposits toxins onto the skin,
causing skin irritation. Absorption can cause depletion of oxygen in the
body and death.
Synthetic Fragrances - The synthetic fragrances used in cosmetics can
have as many as 200 ingredients. There is no way to know what the chemicals
are, since on the label it will simply say "Fragrance". Some
of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash,
hyper-pigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation, and the
list goes on. Advice: Don't buy a cosmetic that has the word "Fragrance"
on the ingredients label.
Triethanolamine (TEA) - Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, and
used 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, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed
into the body over a long period of time.
11. Saccharomyces Magnesium Ferment -an acid from a yeast which causes
damage to the insulin producing beta cells and pancreatic cancer.
Butylene Glycol - an acid that may be narcotic and cause asphyxiation.
Aqua Biomin Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment - This is a yeast and an acid
that causes diabetes and other topical yeast infections that can lead
to a host of serious symptoms.
DMDM Hydantoin - releases a powerful acid and neuro toxin formaldehyde
which causes joint pain, skin reactions, allergies, depression, headaches,
chest pains, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, and loss of sleep.
Exposure also irritates the respiratory system, triggers heart palpitations
or asthma, and aggravates coughs. Other side effects are a weakened immune
system and cancer.
Cocomidopropyl Hydroxysultaine - has added chemicals in the processing
of the coconut oil which are carcinogenic.
Tea Lauryl sulfate - is hormone disrupting chemical that can form cancer-causing
nitrates. This ingredient is restricted in Europe due to the carcinogenic
effects. Repeated applications can result in liver and kidney cancer.
Lactic Acid - This is a cancer causing agent. An acid found around all
Alcohol - Alcohol is a free radical and can cause dryness and flaking
of the skin. Also very drying and are known to cause allergeric reactions
and skin irritation.
Hydroquinone - This ingredient is commonly used in skin whitening products.
It is also commonly used in plastics manufacturing and is a highly toxic
chemical. This ingredient should not be used on humans or animals. Hydroquinone
is a well known carcinogen and is known as a liver, blood, lung and respiratory,
reproductive organ and skin toxicant.
Ethyl Acetate - This is a highly toxic chemical and is used in cosmetics.
This is also used in paint remover products, including nail polish remover.
Do not put this ingredient on your body, especially your face.