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5 Potentially Harmful Chemicals Found in Beauty Products

What's in your cosmetics
What's in your cosmetics

Do You Read the Label on Your Cosmetics?
As people focus on how the makeup they wear looks, they could be missing out on what’s lurking inside that may potentially be damaging. According to only eleven industrial chemicals ingredients are restricted from cosmetics in the US, versus over 1300 industrial chemicals that are banned in the European Union.

“People love to wear makeup, and that’s understandable, but it is important to pay close attention to the quality of makeup and what ingredients are in it,” explains Crystal Wellman, owner of the Crystal Clear Acne Clinic. “Even being natural or organic doesn’t necessarily mean there’s nothing harmful in it.”

5 Potentially Harmful Chemicals Found in Beauty Products

  1. Phthalates
    Occurring in many types of cosmetic and personal care products, phthalates have come under fire for their possible link to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, according to the Breast Cancer Fund. Phthalates are also listed on product labels as phthalate, DEP, DBP.
  2. Lead
    Often found in sunscreen, lipstick, foundation, and other cosmetics, lead is a neurotoxin, which can lead to behavioral and learning problems. It has also been linked to such things as infertility, early puberty, and miscarriages.
  3. Aluminum
    This metal is believed to mimic estrogen, which can lead to DNA damage. Per "Studies have not shown a direct causal link to breast cancer risk, but breast tissue has been shown to concentrate aluminum in the same area where the highest proportion of breast cancers are originally diagnosed."
  4. Talc
    A mineral, also known as hydrous magnesium silicate, is a toxic ingredient similar to asbestos, according to Talc is commonly found in eye shadow, baby powder, face powder, and other loose-mineral cosmetics. Talc has had mixed results that have linked it to certain types of cancer.
  5. FD&C Colors and Coal Tar
    Certain colorings can give people allergic reactions and have been linked to various health problems. Coal Tar makes skin more sensitive to sunlight and has also been linked to cancer.

For more information about toxins in cosmetics try these sites: Breast Cancer Fund. Chemicals in Cosmetics, Safe Cosmetics: Phthalates,
Find more information about skin care and acne at The Crystal Clear Acne Clinic

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