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12 Toxic chemicals to avoid in your personal care products

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6) Sodium sulfate

Sodium sulfate is among the most frequently used compound ingredients which can be found in about 90 percent of cosmetic products. Two sodium sulfate chemicals are found in personal care products. The primary compound is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is known to react with other compounds to produce nitrosamines and cause skin, eye and lung irritation.


Another widely used preservative in personal care products to prevent bacterial growth is Formaldehyde or components which release formaldehyde. As stated by the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC), formaldehyde is a known carcinogen and is known to cause occupational cancers such as nasal and nasopharyngeal.

Moreover, Formaldehyde can also be said to be harmful to the immune system and also cause skin allergies. This chemical can be found in conditioners, shampoos, and makeup items like eye shadows and nail polishes.

8) Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is another one of those chemical components found in personal care products. It is a tiny organic alcohol commonly found in skin care products and works as a skin care agent. It's been found to have side effects like skin irritation and dermatitis. Even though it is less harmful, it's very good to avoid this compound as well due to its improved skin penetration. Propylene can be found in skincare products, lotions, creams, skin moisturizers, conditioners and hair sprays.

9) Chemical Found In Sunscreen Products

Next on the list of poisonous chemicals to avoid in your personal care products are Chemicals such as benzophenone, PABA, avobenzone, homosalate, and methoxycinnamate. They are widely used in sunscreen products by the personal care product manufacturing market. These compounds work as an agent to provide protection to your skin against sunlight and absorb ultra-violet rays. Sound good, right? Yes, but the problem with utilizing sunscreen products is these chemicals can easily be absorbed into the human body. As they're endocrine disruptors, they can lead to disruption in reproductive hormones. They can also cause cancer and cell damage within the body.


Listed on labels of nearly all of the healthcare goods as benzene, toluol, phenylmethane or methylbenzene, toluene is a petrochemical ingredient derived from oil or coal resources. It's a really efficient solvent and may dissolve paint and paint thinners; nonetheless, our concern with the compound is just medical. Toluene causes respiratory difficulties, skin irritation, and nausea in humans.

Furthermore, it is suggested for expecting mothers to avoid this compound because according to study, higher exposure to toluene can cause early development damage in the uterus. Moreover, Toluene is also considered harmful to the immune system as it's been associated with immune system toxicity. It can be found in cosmetics such as nail polish, hair colors, and bleach.


Next on the list of toxic substances to prevent your own personal care products include silicon-based chemical chemicals. These compounds are usually listed on the personal care products with postfix "siloxane." The chemicals are used to soften and moisten skin. According to research, Siloxane is classified as an endocrine disruptor due to the simple fact that it interferes with reproductive hormone function.

According to study, lab experiments demonstrated that high exposure to these chemicals cause tumors and are dangerous for both reproductive and immune systems. They are also able to interfere with hormones in the nervous system.

12) Lead

Lead is among those elements that are used by the majority of the cosmetic makers, but it's never listed on labels because it is not a component, but instead, is a contaminant. It is an established carcinogen usually found in lipsticks and hair dye products.

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