Top 16 Most Harmful Chemicals In Cosmetics (& Makeup) – Final Part
Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent present in many consumer products. It is also an antimicrobial agent found in a wide range range of personal hygiene products like
- antibacterial soaps
- shaving creams
- color cosmetics
It was initially developed as a surgical scrub for medical professionals, but in recent years, it has been added to a host of consumer products from kitchen cutting boards, to killing bacteria and fungus and preventing odor.
The antibacterial compound has been linked to numerous human health problems. Exposure comes mainly by
- absorption through the skin or
- through the lining of the mouth .
These exposures result in
- contact dermatitis (skin irritation)
- an increase in allergic reaction, especially in children.
Children exposed to antibacterial compounds at an early age also have an increased chance of developing
- asthma and
There are also concerns about Triclosan and its link with dioxin, which is highly carcinogenic and can cause health problems as severe as
- weakening of the immune system
- decreased fertility
- birth defects and
Recent work shows that Triclosan promotes liver cancer cell development in mice through pathways shared with humans.
Formaldehyde is a colorless, strong-smelling flammable chemical, produced industrially and commonly used as a fungicide, germicide, disinfectant or used as a preservative (even at the mortuary).
Low levels of Formaldehyde can be found in many consumer goods but high level of exposure to the chemical is very much unsafe.
Consumer products that contain low levels of Formaldehyde are
- shower gels
- liquid hand soap
- shampoos and conditioners
- cream cleansers
- skin moisturisers
- nail hardeners
- eyelash glue
- makeup, etc
Formaldehyde also known a formalin, morbicial acid, methyladehyde and methylene glycol, act as preservatives to kill micro organisms and prevent the growth of bacteria and other pathogens, extending product shelf life.
While exposure to low levels of Formaldehyde may not be as dangerous as high levels of exposure, the chemical remains a safety concern.
Exposure to Formaldehyde particularly in cosmetics and makeup products can cause
- sensory irritation
- skin sensitivity
- breathing difficulty
- cancer in circumstances where there is chronic high exposure.
Always follow care instructions and stop using product and seek seek medical help if you suffer an allergic reaction.
15. Synthetic Colours/Dyes
Most synthetic colours are derived from petroleum or crude oil. They are chemical additive that change the shade of cosmetic products, haircare products, food and more. These dyes are often made up of variety of synthetic chemicals. You can find dozenss of chemicals in a single dye, making it extremely difficult to know exactly what you are exposed to.
Synthetic dyes are used to primarily impart colour to
- pharmaceutical products
- biological stains and
- leave on your kin greatly increased risk of sensitivity and irritation
- they can block skin pores which can lead to acne.
- product with synthetic colour absorbing into the skin can be cancerous.
- they are associated with thyroid tumors, allergic reaction, hyperactivity, kidney tumors.
Sunscreens are (chemical and physical) creams applied on the skin to prevent UV rays from entering your skin by absorbing the rays with a chemical reaction.
Some chemicals found in sunscreen are
- Titanium dioxide (primary ingredient)
- Zinc Oxide
- Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate)
- Octcrylene and many others.
The ingredients Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate, Octocylene, Homosalate and Avonbenzone are all systematically absorbed into the body after one use (Matta 2019, Matta 2020), according to studies published by FDA, which was also found that they could be detected on the skin and in the blood weeks after no longer being used (Matta 2020).
- it is possible for sunscreen users to inhale ingredients in sunscreen sprays and ingest some of the ingredients they apply to their lips, so the ingredients must not be harmful to the lungs or internal organs.
- the constant exposure to sunscreen chemicals raises concerns, especially because there is not enough safety data for most ingredients.
Oxybenzone is the most worrisome sunscreen ingredient, according to publicly available scientist research. It is readily absorbed through the skin (Matta 2019, Matta 2020). Oxybenzone causes allergic skin reactions (Rodriguez 2006), behaves like an endocrine disruptor in many studies (Krause 2012, Ghazipura 2017) and is potentially of greater harm to children.
For further reads, check out the links provided below.
HARMFUL CHEMICALS IN COSMETICS
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