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The FDA does not regulate the ingredients in personal care products which means product makers are not required to disclose all the ingredients used.  As a result, toxic ingredients have made their way into our skin and beauty care because they are cheaper.


Most people have yet to realize that these toxic and cancer causing ingredients exist in our personal and beauty products we use every day.  For those of us who are aware, it is still difficult to know exactly which we must avoid to be safe.


Men, too, should pay close attention to the products they use: mouthwash, toothpaste, hair gel, after-shave etc, may also contain these toxic ingredients.


If you are concerned about the chemicals that may be hiding in your skin care products, read on, you may be shocked to discover that your favorites include these ingredients.  They are bad for your skin, your health and the environment.


Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid


1.       Parabens (Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl, Isobutyl) — Used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products. Parabens have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes. Studies have shown that they can be absorbed by the body through the skin. Widely used even though they are known to be toxic.


Found in: deodorants, lotions, eye shadows, shampoos, facial cleansers, body washes, facial moisturizers, etc.


2.       Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea — These are widely used preservatives. The American Academy of Dermatology has found them to be a primary cause of contact dermatitis. Two trade names for these chemicals are Germall II and Germall 115. Neither of the Germall chemicals contains a good antifungal agent, and they must be combined with other preservatives. Both these chemicals release formaldehyde, which can be toxic.


Found in: nearly all brands of shaving creams, skin, body and hair care, antiperspirants, nail, etc.


3.       Cocoamide Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), & Monoethanolamine (MEA) —Used as emulsifiers and/or foaming agents. They can cause allergic reactions, eye irritation and dryness of hair and skin. DEA and TEA are "amines" (ammonia compounds) that can form cancer causing nitrosamines when they come in contact with nitrates. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.


Found in: most personal care products that foam, including bubble baths, body washes, shampoos, soaps, facial cleansers, etc


4.       Sodium Lauryl (SLS) / Laureth Sulfate (SLES) — A cheap, harsh detergent used in shampoos for its cleansing and foam-building properties. Often derived from petroleum, it is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetics with the phrase "comes from coconuts." It causes eye irritation, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, skin rashes and other allergic reactions.


Found in: toothpastes, shampoos, facial cleansers, body wash, acne treatment, exfoliates, moisturizers, hair color/bleach, etc.


5.       Mineral Oil, Petrolatum — Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for its emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the skin and can interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dryness and chapping. It often creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufacturers use petrolatum because it is unbelievably cheap.


Found in: facial cleansers, moisturizers, facial treatments, styling products, eye make-up, soap, anti-perspirants, concealer, sunscreens, etc


6.       Propylene Glycol (PG) & Butylene Glycol — Ideally this is a vegetable glycerin mixed with grain alcohol, both of which are natural. Usually it is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectant. It has been known to cause allergic reactions, hives and eczema. When you see PEG (polyethylene glycol) or PPG (polypropylene glycol) on labels. Beware these chemicals are related synthetics.


Found in: most forms of make-up, hair products, lotions, after-shave, deodorants, mouthwashes, toothpaste etc.


7.       PVP/VA Copolymer — A petroleum derived chemical that can be considered toxic, since inhaled particles can damage the lungs of sensitive persons.


Found in: hairsprays, styling aids, etc.


8.       Stearalkonium Chloride — A chemical compound developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, it is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which are beneficial to the hair. Causes allergic reactions and is toxic.


Found in: hair conditioners, creams etc.


9.       Synthetic Colors — Used to make cosmetics and synthetic hair dyes look “pretty”.  Unlike most ingredients used by the industry, synthetic colors are regulated by the FDA. Yet, most are derived from coal tar.  Coal tar dyes are used because they are cheap, easy to get and are certified, but this does not mean they are safe. Many of the synthetic colors are suspected of causing health problems and giving allergic reactions. It is a good idea to avoid synthetic dyes in food and cosmetics.


Many people are allergic to coal tar and what is more concerning is its association to cancer.  They will be labeled as FD&C (Food, Drugs&Cosmetics) or D&C (Drugs&Cosmetics), followed by a color and a number. Many synthetic colors may be cancer-causing.


10.   Synthetic Fragrances — 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."   The FDA does not require fragrance manufacturers to disclose the ingredients of synthetic fragrances because these formulas are regarded as "proprietary." Such "proprietary" ingredients commonly include numerous known carcinogens but are protected under the FDA's "trade secret" law.


Some problems caused by these chemicals include headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation (brown spots to form on your skin), violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation etc.


11.   Nanoparticles:  Yet untested, these tiny little inventions are found in cosmetics in forms ranging from tiny wire cages (called "buckeyballs") to minuscule bits of metals used as sunscreens. Companies don't have to declare them on ingredients lists.


12.   Lead Acetate — Lead Acetate is a progressive hair dye ingredient and exists in some hair dyes. The more someone uses it, the more those pigment molecules build up, and the more noticeable the color change is (which is why it’s referred to as a "progressive" hair color). 


The FDA allows for small concentrations of lead acetate in hair color products, and deems it safe.  It won't just stay close to your follicles, either; studies have found lead residues on door knobs and cabinets.  Lead Acetate may be absorbed into the blood stream and cause lead poisoning

To Summarize

Unlike the food industry, there are no laws for words like “natural” or “organic” on cosmetic labeling.  Many products advertise as “all natural”, “organic” or “pure” in their name but still contain synthetic petrochemicals, toxins, and harsh preservatives. Don’t trust labels, they’re just marketing gimmicks. 

Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs most of what is applied to it, which then enters the bloodstream.  Learn to read labels, and do not settle for anything less than all natural ingredients in the products you use.  Pay attention to all ingredients.  Since you can't get a complete ingredient list for each product, it's also important to choose a brand you trust. 


When in doubt take a moment to review the ingredients list and make sure they do not contain any of the ingredients listed above.  For example, we list Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as an ingredient to avoid, however Sodium Sulfate is safe for cosmetics.  You especially want to avoid Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), DEA, MEA, TEA, Dyes or Perfumes. Do not use cosmetics/personal care products that are artificially colored and products that contain synthetic fragrances. You may find that some of your allergy problems will suddenly disappear when you no longer use cosmetics formulated with petrochemicals and other synthetics.


You can visit Skin Deep’s enormous database to help you in your search for safer cosmetics and personal care products. Also, you can print a wallet-size list of the top ingredients to avoid.