Okay, sit tight, get your favorite products (i.e. lotion, make-ups, shampoo, cream, shaving creams, etc) and check these out:

1) Coal tar

  • Anti-dandruff agent, cosmetic biocide, denaturant
  • Used to treat eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders — can  be found in anti-itch creams and scalp treatments.
  • It is a known carcinogen; has a cancer inducing potential.
  • Treatment with this has been discouraged; and it was banned by the European Union in 1997, and by Germany in 1995 due to its toxic effects.
  • Side effects:
    • Skin become more sensitive to ultraviolet light
    • Could lead to skin atrophy
    • Thinning of skin
    • Skin discoloration

2) Diethanolamine (DEA)

  • Used in facial moisturizer/treatment, sunscreen, anti-fungal treatment, styling gel, facial cleanser, etc. Also, a lathering agent in soaps and shampoos.
  • Can react with other chemicals in products to create a carcinogen readily absorbed into the skin. (For example, DEA can combine with amines present in cosmetic formulations to form nitrosamines, which are known to be highly carcinogenic)
  • Present in other forms as well:
    • Cocamide DEA
    • Oleamide DEA
    • Lauramide DEA
  • Side effects:
    • Acute inhalation can result in nose and throat irritation
    • Dermal exposure may result in skin irritation
    • Could cause severe eye irritation
  • In 1999, FDA released information on a study that showed DEA to be carcinogenic

3) Formaldehyde

  • Used in nail treatment products, nail polish, styling gel/lotion, eyelash glue, tissue, preservatives in foods, etc
  • Side effects:
    • Eyes, nose, skin and throat irritation
      • Throat  and the interior of nose may feel raw and sore
      • Eyes may begin to feel as if there is something grainy resting against each eyeball
      • Coughing and breathing problems may be present
      • People with formaldehyde allergy are also likely to develop skin rashes when come in contact with this substance
        • Skin may appear burn, develop welts or become dry and cracked. There is a possibility of scarring
      • Skin lightening and hardening
    • Dry out skin
    • With repeated exposure, formaldehyde could cause asthma and cancer
    • Constant exposure may negatively impact respiratory systems, leading to pain when attempting to breathe
      • Leads to the creation of lesions in the respiratory system and cause damage to lungs that may not be reversible
      • Shortness of breath
    • Lung and nose cancer
    • Inhalation has been shown to cause…
      • decrease in performance
      • lack of concentration
      • loss of memory
      • disturbed sleep
      • impaired balance
      • mood swings
      • irritability
      • headache
      • fatigue
      • hallucinations
      • delusions
      • panic
      • paranoia
      • increased sexual arousal
      • disorganized thoughts
      • decreased attention span
      • psychomotor agitation
      • up-regulation of sympathetic nervous system
      • …etc
    • Oral exposure has been found to cause lethargy, seizure and loss of consciousness
    • Exposure to embalming fluid can result in…
      • bronchitis
      • body tissue destruction
      • brain and lung damage
      • impaired coordination
      • inflammation in esophagus
      • …etc
    • Banned in Europe, Japan, etc
  • Check this out: http://www.short-hair-style.com/keratin-formaldehyde-side-effects-the-truth.html

 

4) Triclosan

  • Used in antiperspirant/deodorant, liquid hand soap, facial cleanser, toothpaste, lipstick, acne treatment, eye shadow, body wash/cleanser, tooth whitening, etc
  • Problems:
    • Triclosan kills bacteria at first, however, prominent bacterias become resistant to it pretty quickly. These bacterias that have been resistant to triclosan, most likely, have become resistant to antibiotics as well.
    • Triclosan stores itself in fat — this chemical is accumulated in your body.
    • Can become contaminated with dioxin, a known carcinogen, during the manufacturing process.
    • Skin irritation as a result of triclosan exposure; moreover, there are more subtle health risks:
      • weakening of immune system
      • decreased fertility
      • altered sex hormones
      • birth defects
      • cancer
      • …etc
  • Triclosan is also an anti-hypertensive which is used to treat high blood pressure. It is also used in topical form to treat hair loss. Side effects of this medication can include… Read more: http://www.healthsofa.com/medications/triclosan
  • Use of triclosan has been restricted in Canada, Japan, and many European countries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday, April 8, 2010  Recent scientific studies have raised “valid concerns” over the safety of the chemical, with animal studies showing triclosan’s potential to affect the thyroid hormone and estrogen levels, as well as lead to antibiotic resistance and a lessened ability to treat infection… Read more: http://www.drugwatch.com/news/2010/04/09/fda-concerned-safety-antibacterial-chemical-soaps-hand-sanitizers/

 

…to be continued~~