Considering the amount of dangerous chemicals that are used in cosmetic products,

Isn’t it time now to join a safe skin care revolution?

Thanks to our lenient laws governing the cosmetics industry, some of the ingredients known to cause cancer are legally allowed in cosmetic products.

You will find articles on this topic in abundance on the internet and medical magazines; however, an over-doze of information can be overwhelming. That’s exactly why we have written this article and it contains a list of ingredients that have association with cancer, and are used in cosmetics brands.

1. Formaldehyde

U.S. National Toxicology Program has listed Formaldehyde, a colorless gas, as “reasonably anticipated to cause cancer”. If this isn’t already enough to convince you about the repercussion of the ingredient then go ahead and read the European Union list that too has listed Formaldehyde as toxic and carcinogenic.  Standards for cosmetics in Japan have already prohibited the use of Formaldehyde in all of their cosmetic brands.  Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are most commonly found in personal care products such as nail polishes, eye shadows, mascara and shampoos. It is, therefore, wise to read the label of your cosmetics and not buy those brands that contain this particular ingredient.

2. Synthetic Fragrances

The problem with synthetic fragrances is that it contains many unknown chemicals. As per the law, it is not mandatory for manufacturers to state the names of those chemicals, and, therefore, there is no way to find out what sort of chemicals are you applying on your skin.  As per several studies, 99% of the chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds that are primarily derived from petroleum, including aldehydes, benzene derivatives and other well known toxic ingredients known for causing cancer.  Follow this simple rule – if you see “fragrance” on the label of the cosmetic brand, avoid buying the brand.

3. Talc

You must have heard about Talc as it is most commonly used in baby products such as talc powder. Moreover, many genital deodorant sprays too contain talc. Unfortunately, talc has been linked with ovarian cancer. In the year 2003, a meta-analysis found a 33% of higher risk of ovarian cancer among talc users. In addition, plain talc is also found to be carcinogenic in some other studies. It is strongly advisable to avoid talc-containing brands.

4. Phenacetin

The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) of USA banned Phenacetin in the year 1983; however, despite not being used as a drug, it is still occasionally used by several personal hygiene care brands as stabilizers in products such as facial hair bleach and hair color. To let you know, phenacetin is reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens and known to cause renal damage and anemia. In addition, phenacetin exposure has even been linked to malignant mammary tumors. Do not use cosmetic products that have phenacetin listed in their ingredients list.

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