Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:01:29
The high absorption ability of the skin makes it necessary for individuals to choose personal skin care products with outmost care.
As a result, using personal care products containing one or probably more of the following ingredients is dangerous.
· Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum - Petroleum products coat the skin like plastic, clog the pores and create toxins, which can slow down cellular development and result in early aging.
· Parabens - It is widely used as a preservative in the cosmetic industry (including moisturizers) and is a carcinogen. It also has hormone-disrupting qualities and interferes with the body's endocrine system.
· Phenol carbolic acid - Found in many lotions and skin creams. It can cause circulatory collapse, paralysis, convulsion, coma and even death caused by respiratory failure.
· Propylene glycol - it is used as a moisturizer in cosmetics and as a carrier in fragrance oils. It can cause dermatitis, kidney or liver abnormalities, and may inhibit skin cell growth or cause skin irritation.
· Acrylamide - Which is found in many hand and face creams, is linked to different tumors.
· Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS) - also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) - Found in car washes, engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners and in over 90% of personal care products.
It breaks down the skin's moisture barrier, easily penetrates the skin, and allows other chemicals to easily penetrate as well.
Combined with other chemicals, SLS becomes a 'nitrosamine', a potent class of carcinogen. It can also cause hair loss. SLES is sometimes disguised with the labeling 'comes from coconut' or 'coconut-derived'.
· Toluene - Poison! Danger! Harmful or fatal if swallowed! Harmful if inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Made from petroleum or coal tar, and found in most synthetic fragrances.
Chronic exposure is linked to anemia, lowered blood cell count, liver or kidney damage, and may affect the developing fetus.
· Dioxane - Found in compounds known as PEG, Polysorbates, Laureth, ethoxylated alcohols. It is common in a wide range of personal care products and is considered a carcinogen.
*Contributed by Anne, RN and member. Moderator of Advocates for Lymphedema