The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

According to Well and Good’s “dirty dozen” list, here are a few of the worst chemicals found in everyday hygiene products. 

Starting with Petrolatum, this chemical can create a petrochemical that forms a barrier on the skin, and makes lipsticks shine and creams smoother. Petrolatum helps skin shine in the same way as other products but is cheaper. The health concern is that it can be linked to cancer and may be combined with other impurities. This chemical is also banned in the EU but still remains in products sold in the US.

Next is Propylene Glycol. This chemical is found in shampoos and conditioners as well as in facial cleansers, soaps, moisturizers, makeup remover, sunscreens and so much more. The purpose of this chemical is to keep products from melting or freezing, is it a penetration enhancer. The health concern is the chemical can alter the skin's structure, allows toxic chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin increasing the number of chemicals that enter the bloodstream, skin irritation, and allergic reactions. 

Also, Talc this chemical absorbs moisture. Talc can be found in soap, blush, eyeshadow, perfume powder, and deodorant. The health concerns of this chemical are that it is a proven carcinogen, has been linked to ovarian cancer, and can cause tumors in the lungs. 

Finally, Parabens ( methyl, ethyl, propyl, and butyl). Parabens are commonly found in cosmetic products. Parabens are used to inhibit bacteria, mold growth, and antibacterial agents. Parabens can be found in face masks, skin creams, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and other children's products. The health concerns are hormonal imbalance, increased risk for cancer, impaired fertility, and alterations in the development of a fetus. May cause irritation, rash, or allergic skin reactions, studies have found that parabens can also cause breast cancer. 

There are more toxic chemicals and carcinogens mixed in with our daily hygiene products. Well and Good’s “dirty dozen” list had them all in one place!

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