This Fox News Clip, features beauty expert David Pollock who very quickly touches upon five common and yet very toxic ingredients found in cosmetics. Please enjoy this short video. Following the video you will find that I have included David’s complete list of toxic cosmetic ingredients to avoid which are mentioned but not covered in the news clip.
Editor’s note: The five toxic cosmetic ingredients listed below were covered briefly in the news clip. Mr. Pollock, as reported in the Fox news clip has 20+ years experience as a beauty products chemist and beauty industry executive.
• “Parabens, which are used as preservatives in products and commonly listed as Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, etc. These can accelerate the growth of tumors, as evidenced in a study that detected parabens in sample of breast tumors.
• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) and Glycols (Propylene, Butylene, Etc.) which are solvents produced through a process known as ethoxylation, delivering 1,4 Dioxane to the skin, reported by the FDA as a known carcinogen.
• Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates (Sodium and Ammonium) which are harsh detergents commonly used in shampoos and body washes. These are reported to absorb through the skin and are retained by the body in eyes, brains, heart, and liver. These are also created through ethoxylation.
• Petrochemicals/By-products of Petroleum are considered occlusive, meaning “sealing in moisture”. These ingredients can trap in toxins, waste, and excess oils, and not allow the skin to breathe properly. These interfere with the body’s lipid barrier system. The most common examples are Petrolatum and Mineral Oil.
• Synthetic Fragrances are technically, a complex of several (as many as hundreds) ingredients and solvents. These harmful or irritating ingredients are easily hidden in a product by calling them “fragrance.” Avoid products that simply list Fragrance.”
Editor’s note: Two additional ingredients from the list of chemical ingredients to avoid, as compiled by David Pollock. These were not covered in the news clip.
Ingredients To Avoid – THAT ARE NOT LISTED!
“Some of the most dangerous chemicals found in products are NOT even listed! How could that be? The FDA requires ingredients added to a product to be listed, however, there is a gap in the requirements. If certain chemicals are used to produce an ingredient or a byproduct of production of that chemical, then it does not have to be listed on an ingredient statement – no matter how dangerous!
These “stealth” ingredients that are found to be dangerous and that should be avoided, but are not listed on any beauty product, include the following:
• Phthalates “plasticizers” – used to make a number of cosmetic ingredients, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and some synthetic fragrances. These are most commonly found in anything from lipsticks to nail polish to shampoos and hair sprays. Phthalates are reported to disrupt the endocrine system. Some phthalate compounds have caused reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy, and structural abnormalities in the reproductive systems of male test animals and some studies link phthalates to liver cancer.
• 1,4-Dioxane – a hidden contaminant found in a number of shampoos, body washes, body lotions, face creams, and even baby products. 1,4-Dioxane is considered a human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition, it is included in California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer or birth defects.
However, you will not find it on any ingredient label. Why? Well, 1,4-Dioxane is a byproduct of a process called Ethoxylation, a process that creates several ingredients that are found in products we use every day. This process generates the 1,4-Dioxane, however, since it is a byproduct of the process, the FDA does not require that it be listed – even though it is present in the final product.
So how do you know if 1,4-Dioxane is in your favorite, most trusted products? Go grab your favorite products. Look at the ingredient statement. According to the FDA, ethoxylated chemicals containing 1,4-Dioxane can be identified by the following prefix, word, or syllables:
• “PEG,” “Polyethylene,” “Polyethylene Glycol,” “Polyoxyethylene,” or ending with “-oxynol” or “-eth” (such as Ceteareth or others)”
This concludes this post. There will be many more to come which will continue to unveil the ugly secrets of the beauty industry and provide healthy natural alternatives.
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