Harmful or Carcinogenic Ingredients Commonly Found in Products

Harmful or Carcinogenic Ingredients Commonly Found in Products

• Diethanolamine (DEA) (shampoos, body washes, bubble bath, shaving cream)
• Triethanolamine (TEA) (moisturizers, cosmetics, deodorant, toothpaste, body oils, washes)
• Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) (shampoo, bubble bath, shaving foam, cleansers etc)
• Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) (as above)
• Propylene Glycol (moisturisers, shaving cream, deodorants, baby products)
• Sodium Fluoride (toothpaste)
• Alcohol (mouthwash, toners, baby products)
• Talc (baby powder, make-up, foot preparations)
• Glycerine (moisturizers, lotions)
• PABA (sunscreens)
• PEG (cosmetics, make-up, shaving cream)
• Artificial flavours (toothpaste, mouthwash)
• Artificial colours (make-up, toothpaste, shampoos)
• Ether (nail treatments, shampoo, conditioner)
• Coal Tars (shampoo, conditioner, hair dyes, soap, skin care, cosmetics)
• Aluminium (antiperspirants)
• Acetone (nail polish remover)
• Formaldehyde (antiperspirants, nail treatments, perfumes)
• Fluorocarbons (hair spray)
• Dioxins (shampoo)
• Petrolatum or Mineral Oil (baby products, washes)

This list is not exhaustive and the above ingredients are found in many more products than just those indicated.

Unique Cancer Risk from Cosmetics and Personal Care Products

Dr Samuel Epstein, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, states that mainstream industry cosmetics and personal care products (CPCPs) are the single most important, yet generally unrecognized, class ofavoidable carcinogenic exposures for the overwhelming majority of citizens in major industrial nations. Thereason for these unique risks reflects a complex of individual and interactive factors such as:

• Interaction between different ingredients: even though a specific ingredient might not be in itself a“frank” carcinogen it might be a “hidden” carcinogen that may, under certain conditions, have carcinogenic properties when it combines with other ingredients in a product.

• Prolonged duration of exposure: the concern is that daily exposure, over a lifetime, of toxic ingredients, many of which are left on skin, has a cumulative negative effect.

• High permeability of skin: the skin is highly permeable to carcinogenic and other toxic ingredients, especially following prolonged exposure.

• Effect of wetting agents on skin permeability: the permeability of skin to carcinogens, besides othertoxic ingredients, is further increased by the presence of wetting agents or surfactants, probably themost common class of ingredients in the majority of CPCPs.

• Bypassing detoxifying enzyme: carcinogens in CPCPs pose greater cancer risks than does foodcontaminated with carcinogenic pesticides and other industrial carcinogens as they are not detoxifiedby the liver but reach the general blood circulation without this protective detoxification.