The Poisonous Pout: 14 Toxic Skincare + 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!

Consciously Candace cannot make claims to treat or prevent any condition, illness or disease. All information should be used for informational purposes, and does not replace the advice of trained medical professionals or dermatologists. Be well!

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