14 Toxic Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid

 

Called – BHA
Found – Hair relaxers, hair-growth products, skin lighteners
Linked To – Immune system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, organ toxicity

Called – Coal tar
Found – Certain hair dyes, dandruff shampoos
Linked To – Cancer

Called – Coumarin
Found – Hair relaxers, hair dyes, fragrance
Linked To – Immune system toxicity, reproductive harm, cancer, cell damage

Called – Dibutyl phthalate
Found – Nail polish, cuticle treatments, and other nail treatments
Linked To – Reproductive and developmental harm, immune system toxicity, hormone disruption

Called – DMDM hydantoin
Found – Hair relaxers, dandruff shampoos, hair dyes and bleach, certain skin lighteners
Linked To – Cancer (through release of formaldehyde)

Called – Formaldehyde
Found – Nail polish, nail treatments, eyelash glue, certain hair straighteners
Linked To – Breathing difficulties, cancer

Called – Hydroquinone
Found – Skin lighteners, hair dyes
Linked To – Immune system and skin toxicity, cancer, reproductive harm

Called – Octoxynol-40
Found – Hair dyes, hair relaxers
Linked To – Mutagen, cancer, immune system toxicity; may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane or ethylene oxide (also linked to cancer)

Called – P-phenylenediamine
Found – Hair dyes, hair relaxers
Linked To – Immune system toxicity, skin toxicity, hormone disruption, cancer

Called – PEG 10 sorbitan laurate
Found – Moisturizing shampoo
Linked To – Skin toxicity, reproductive harm

Called – Placental extract
Found – Conditioners, facial moisturizers
Linked To – Hormone mimicking

Called – Selenium sulfide
Found – Dandruff shampoo
Linked To – Cancer, neurotoxicity, developmental harm

Called – Synthetic fragrance
Found – Many personal care products
Linked To – Allergies, cancer, birth defects

Called – Toluene
Found – Nail polish, cuticle treatments, other nail treatments
Linked To – Reproductive and development harm, nervous system toxicity, kidney and liver toxicity

Why It Matters

You matter.

Information Source: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Please consult SafeCosmetics.org to learn more!

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