Can Skincare Products Cause cancer?

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Each year we each absorb an estimated 4.5 lbs of carcinogenic chemicals through beauty and cosmetic products. Chemicals found in lipsticks, skin lotions, and hair dyes have been linked with carcinogenic tumors, cellular mutation, allergies, reproductive complications, endocrine disruption, and blood or skin cancer which is not only uncurable but also extremely painful. Ladies, it is time we should all pay more attention to exactly what goes into the eyeliner, body washes, and deodorants we all love to use? In this article, we will discuss all the chemicals which make our beloved cosmetics carcinogenic.

our skin is often called a “Miracle garment” because it is strong yet soft. It averages less than one-tenth of an inch in thickness, a square inch of it holds about twenty blood vessels, around 700 sweat glands, and more than a thousand nerve endings. carcinogens in cosmetics and personal care products pose greater cancer risks from food contaminated with pesticides, and other industrial carcinogens because chemicals taken in orally are directly absorbed by our intestines and pass into the bloodstream. which is then taken to the liver. once inside this organ. carcinogens can be detoxified into enzymes before they can reach the rest of the body. but chemicals absorbed by our skin bypass the purification of the liver and enter bloodstream and body organs.

exposure to carcinogens in different products through the skin is lifelong, even preceding birth as the result of prematernal skin absorption at the earliest stage of pregnancy. exposure is also prolonged, many commonly used products are intended to remain on the skin rather than be washed off immediately. in this article, we are focusing on carcinogens because cancer data is the hardest of all health-related data.

More than 800 industrial chemicals in current use have been shown to be carcinogenic in standard tests on mice. the results were initially dismissed or challenged because doing epidemiological studies on individual carcinogenic ingredients in cosmetics and personal care products is largely impossible. it is highly difficult and impossible because the majority of the sample population is exposed in varying degrees, to the same products and chemicals.

The majority of cosmetics and personal-care products manufactured and sold by mainstream companies are bona fide witches, producing cocktails of carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants. for instance, many baby product companies hide a contaminant known as ethoxylates, funny is these contaminants is not added intentionally but are rather created, and many companies know about them, like Jhonson & Jhonson asbestos controversies.

Types of Carcinogenic chemicals

There are two classes of cancerous chemicals the first one is “frank” which encompasses more than 30 substances and the second and hidden category of carcinogens includes approximately thirty substances. while frank carcinogens appear on labels, their complex chemicals names convey little to no meaningful information to the customer, but still, it is listed. hidden carcinogens as the name suggest aren’t listed at all, instead, the”hide” in other ingredients for instance lanoline which is produced from sheep’s wool and is used on baby’s skin and the nipples of nursing mothers, is contaminated by DDT like pesticide.

Hidden carcinogens you should be aware of fall into three major groups.

  1. Contaminats: Carcinogenic sustances hidding in the names of non-carcinogenic ingredient
  2. Formaldehyde releasers: these breaks down in the product itself or on the skin, to release the frank substance
  3. Nitrosamine precursors: non- carcinogenic ingredients that react with nitrites in the product to form potent carcinogenic sustance known as nitrosamines
These chemicals have themselves been shown in laboratory testing of mammals to cause cancer, there are more than thirty ingredients in this category that show up in cosmetics and personal care products.
Acesulfame DEA Cocamide condensate
Acrylamide DEA oleamide condensate
Nutrasweet DEA sodium lauryl sulfate
Auramine Diethhexyl phthalate
Bisphenol-A Dioctyl adipate
Butadiene Disperse blue 1
Butyl benzyl phthalate Disperse yellow 3
Butylated hydroxyanisole Formaldehyde
Chromium trioxide Glutaral
Coaltar dyes Hydroquinone
Cobalt chloride Lead
Cyclamate Limonene
Diaminophenol Methylene chloride
Diethanolamine Mineral oils
Nitrofurazone Phenylenediamines
Phytocatechol Saccharin
Silica Talc
Titanium dioxide D&C
In Hair Products 
ShampoosFormaldehyde, fragrance, lanoline, Solvents, Surfactants
Hair dyesp-phenylenediamine, p-toluene diamine
Waving SolutionsAmmonium thioglycolate, glyceryl thioglycolate
In Nail Products 
Artificial nailsMethyl methacrylate
Nail base coatPhenol formaldehyde resin
Nail varnishesResins,
Nail hardenersFormaldehyde
In Cosmetics 
LipsticksCastor oil, colophony, pigments like eosin, azo dyes, carmine, perfumes, propyl gallate
Eyebrow pencilsPigments
MascarasColophony, preservatives, pigments  
In other products 
DeodorantsFragrances, (cinnamic, salicylate, jasmine anisate) balsam of Peru
Shaving productsPropylene glycol
TonersArnica, coumarin, lanolin, oak moss
Face creamsBenzyl alcohol, lanoline, cetyl alcohol, parabens, propylene glycol, stearic acid
SunscreensBenzophenone-3, Benzyl salicylate, coumarin, Para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)
2,5 toluene diamines, 3,4, toluene diamine, Acid blur 9, Acid yellow 6, Acid yellow 10, Acid yellow 17, Acid yellow 23 , FD&C Red 2, FD&C Blue 2, FD&C Yellow 6, Synthetic Henna, p-Phenylenediamine, Red 22 Red 2G, Resorcinol
Benzalkonium chloride, Butylated hydroxyanisole, Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Ethylenediamine, Ethyl Methacrylate Formaldehyde    Imidazolidinyl urea, Metheneamine, Methyldibromoglutaronitrile, Parabens Quaternium-15, Thimerosal  
Full List

Best and natural alternatives you can use daily.

Coconut oil


Coconut oil can be the best option for body lotion and skin cream, coconut oil is the composition of medium-chain fatty acids, which are extremely effective at keeping dry skin away and promote healthy and naturally glowing skin. you can use it alone or with the combine with some other oil or herb, for your skin or also on your hair. coconut oil can be a miracle tonic because of its ability to penetrate deep into the hair follicles and under the scalp skin. coconut oil is also rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E, and so using it regularly can also help prevent those wrinkles that appear on the skin with aging.

Natural Henna

Hair color

The only advantage of hair dyes is their ability to provide color instantly, and this is what makes them tempting to reach out for one to hide your greys. but most synthetic hair dyes contain chemicals derived from tar that have been linked to cancer. switch over to this natural dye used since the times of Cleopatra. You can combine it with any oil for added conditioning and shine, mix it with tea leaves, lemon juice to produce whatever shade you desire. Henna can help you get it and in the process keeps your scalp cool.

Aloe vera

aloe vera

An excellent dry skin remedy, moisturizing creams are loaded with ingredients such as petrolatum that tend to be contaminated with harmful carcinogens. instead of taking the risk of these being absorbed into the body through the skin, switch to the best moisturizer provided by nature, just cut its fleshy leaves from the middle, and collect the gel that oozes out. No multi-dollar creams can come close to this.



If you are prone to acne, garlic can be the best treatment, this powerhouse of antioxidants doesn’t just purify the blood but the 33 sulfur compounds kill any kind of bacteria on the skin. you can put a clove of garlic directly over the pimple to dry it off quickly. just peel out the outer covering over the garlic clove and rub the clove over the area where pimple has emerged. or you can make it to a paste and apply it as face pack to see a significant reduction in outbreaks.



Soapnuts can be used as a mild cleanser not just for your hair but also in your daily laundry. Most commercial shampoos available in the market make use of chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate to produce foam that can cleanse dirt and grease from hair. But along with this, they also remove all “sebum” a natural oil from the scalp that is so essential to nourish your hair. A natural alternative that avoids such damage is soapnut, combine it with the powder of Indian Gooseberry. Mix equal quantities of soapnut and gooseberry powders and make into a paste with warm water; wash hair using this paste. If you find your hair feels a bit too dry with this 1:1 proportion, experiment with a lesser quantity of soapnut powder.

Pomegranate seed powder


Need Nature to take care of those dark lips? The chemicals in lipstick are the predominant reason for dark lips, and after some time you’ll need to wear lipstick daily to hide it. Crush pomegranate seeds and mix in some milk cream or curd; apply to your lips every day and your lips will be naturally pink. You can also combine crushed pomegranate seeds with sugar and your favorite oil and use this paste to gently scrub your lips.

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