Harmful chemicals found in beauty products
by TIFFANY LIU
Although products smell pleasant and seem harmless, they may contain damaging synthetic substances that could be detrimental to one’s health. Fragrance, one of the most dangerous ingredients, includes chemicals that are hidden in order to protect a product’s secret formula, according to huffingtonpost.com. Frequently found in various moisturizers, lotions and shampoos, these elements can cause sneezing or even vomiting in those sensitive to the ingredients.
In a recent lawsuit, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to Jacqueline Fox’s family, who argued that her death from ovarian cancer was linked to the use of baby powder. Talc, the main ingredient found in this product, is very absorbent and helps prevent rashes. However, according to cancer.org, talc-based powder might be carcinogenic to humans.
Another damaging chemical is Toluene, found in nail polish and hair bleaching products. Created from petroleum sources, this solvent is listed as “Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health Concentrations” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Subjects exposed to a large amount of the chemical for an extended period of time can experience nausea, vomiting or in some severe cases, even death.
Not all chemicals immediately cause damage. Dioxane is an ingredient located in deodorants that is considered safe in low amounts, according to the Food and Drug Administration. However, healthychild.org, states that short-term exposure to this substance irritates the skin, while prolonged disclosure can affect the kidneys.
Chemicals can infiltrate the bloodstream through minuscule pores in the skin, causing very adverse effects, according to organichealthandbeauty.com. To avoid as many toxic substances as possible, consumers might refrain from buying products with “parabens” or “fragrance” in the ingredients. More information on which beauty products are considered safe can be found on fda.gov, along with ways to stay away from potentially poisonous chemicals.