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Personal care products with cancer causing chemicals revealed by free iPhone app

Consumers can now find out which personal care products have cancer-causing chemicals, thanks to a free iPhone app.

Each day woman and men apply personal care products to improve their grooming and hygiene. But the brief good these care products do may conceal long term health risks, according to a Feb. 10 article in

Most women apply products like moisturizers, lotions, makeup, perfume and so forth, daily. Most men use shaving cream and aftershave lotion every day—as well as products that take care of things that most men find too personal to talk about. For both genders there are shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, antiperspirants, lotions, creams, powders, toothpaste, body and hand wash product--and lots more. There are also personal care products for children that range from sunscreen to diaper cream.

While not all substances in these products are unsafe, many contain man-made chemicals that have been linked to diseases like cancer. Incredibly, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is powerless to review and monitor personal care ingredients making cosmetics one of the most under-regulated consumer products.

The free iPhone app, “Deep Skin” reveals info on these personal care products, as well as, ingredients and chemicals to avoid. Users just enter the name of a product and tap search—or scan a bar code—to get a list of products with that name. Tap the relevant name and you get a complete product description with ingredients, along with any health concerns and a product safety rating that makes finding the safest products easy.

“Deep Skin” requires iOS 6.0+, is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and is optimized for iPhone 5.

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