17 Toxic Chemicals in YOUR cosmetics

ImageAs much as we want to believe that drug companies keep our best interest in mind, I’m sorry to say that they don’t. Hundreds of chemicals are in your creams and lotions that you apply to your skin with the best intentions. If you went to compare ingredients right now with my list below, I bet you will find at least two in every one of your skin care products. Our skin is our biggest organ and needs the most care. Whatever we apply to our skin can be found in our urine. Therefore lotions and creams are absorbed by your body and transported all the way through your body . Do you really need to increase your risk of cancer and infertility any further by smearing synthetic estrogens and known human carcinogens (a.k.a. cancer) on to our body? I think not. So watch out for the 17 toxins below in your skin care products.


  • BHA is not allowed in Europe. As a general rule of thumb: If Europe bans it, you should stop using it.
  • Causes: allergies; cancer, liver, kidney and thyroid problems; blood coagulation; and tumors.

Coal Tar Dye (Colorant), P- Phenylenediamine

  • Noted as ‘CI’ followed by 5 digit number, FD&C or D&C followed by color name and number
  • Causes: Cancer, tumors, heavy metal in brain

DEA (Diethandamine), MEA (Monoethanolamide), TEA (Triethandamine)

  • Causes: Skin and eye irritation, liver cancer and precancerous changes in skin and thyroid

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Diethylphthalate (DEP)

  • Causes: Genetic mutations, changes in testes and prostate, reduced sperm counts, reproduction problems, harm to unborn child, liver and kidney failure

Paraben, Methyl-, Butyl-, Propylparaben

  • Causes: Mimics as an estrogen- which can lead to early puberty in children, cancer, allergies, skin aging, DNA damage, male reproduction problems

Formaldehyde, Tosylamide, DMDM hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methenamine, Queaternium- 15, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

  • Indoor air pollutants
  • Causes: Allergies, lethal, toxic, cancer

Parfum/ Fragrance, Diethyl Phtlhalate (DEP)

  • Causes: Allergies; migraines; asthma symptoms; early puberty in girls; reduced sperm count; reproductive defects during pregnancy; obesity; insulin resistance in men; liver and kidney failure; hormonal cancer

Polyethylene Glycols (PEGs); Ethylene Oxide; 1,4- Dioxane

  • Causes: cancer, interfere with human development

Petroleum, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), Mineral Oil

  • Causes: Cancer, Skin Irritation, Allergies, Dryness, Breast Tumors, Premature aging

Cyclomethicane, Ingredients ending in –siloxane”, D4, D5, D6 Polydimetholsiloxanes (PDMS)

  • Causes: Interference with human hormone function and reproductive toxicant, uterine tumors, harm to immune system, influence neurotransmitters in nervous system, interference with human development, allergies; is seen in brain, liver and heart tissue

Triclosan àused as an anti-bacterial

  • Causes: Endocrine disruption (interfere with hormone function), skin and eye irritant, can be found in urine

PABA, 4 Aminobenzac acid

  • Causes: Skin irritation, kidney and liver problems, allergies

Phthalate (pronounced Thalate)

  • Causes: Breast cancer, Hormone and Fetal disruptive, Obesity, Insulin disruptive


  • Causes: Interference with hydrating process; increases acne on oily or acne prone skin, because it takes in moisture and bacteria in pores


  • Causes: Vomiting, breathing problems, coughing, skin burning, fluid build up in lungs, headache, loss of smell


  • Causes: Vomiting, diarrhea, depression, bad for infants


  • Causes: Cancer, synthetic estrogen

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