Now a day you will find 100s of personal care products in market and online shops. Do you know that these products do not contain any dangerous ingredients that might lead to breast cancer?
1000s of chemicals are used in regular products like shampoo, conditioners, lipsticks, face wash, whitening creams anti aging creams, body wash lotion and even in shaving creams! Researchers found that many of these chemicals are linked with breast cancer.
These chemicals are either carcinogens or they upset the body hormones. Sometimes cosmetics manufacturers do not include these chemicals names into the product label and define them as fragrances.
You might be thinking, these chemicals will be in very small amount in the products, but since we are using these regularly and repeatedly, these leads to long-term effect on body. According to Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (Formerly Breast Cancer Fund) BCPP we are listing the chemicals list below:
Some anti-aging products like creams, lotions contains Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Researchers think that PTFE could be contaminated with perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA), which is a carcinogen. One might experience delayed menstruation, later breast development and increased incidence of breast cancer if they are using those types of products regularly.
Residual styrene could be a contaminant in cosmetics with styrene-based ingredients. It is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen and a disturb body hormonal system. Also, Styrene can be toxic to central nervous system, the liver and red blood cells.
This chemical is used to stabilize and as a binder in lotions and other personal care products. This ingredient is harmless but it is made with molecules of acrylamide. Acrylamide is a suspect of carcinogen linked with mammary tumors.
This chemical is known as hormone-disrupting. This is used in cosmetics like fragrance and nail polish. Regular use of those products can lead to early puberty in girls and a risk factor for later-life breast cancer. Some phthalates also act as weak estrogens in cell culture systems.
1, 4 – Dioxane
The National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer found this as reasonably anticipated carcinogen. 1,4-dioxane is used in the manufacture of ingredients used as sudsing agents in shampoos, body wash, and children’s shower products.
Some ointments, creams and lotions use Parabens. This is known as a group of compounds and used in personal care cosmetics and products. When they are applied to the skin, skin absorbed it. Some parabens are known as hormone disruptors.
Cadmium & other metals
Try not to use color cosmetics and face paints. They contains Cadmium, which is a known carcinogen and has estrogen-mimicking properties.
This chemical is used to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold in cosmetics products. Triclosan is classified as a pesticide, can imbalance the body’s hormonal systems and the thyroid. Thyroid hormones regulate the metabolism. If this is affected this could interrupt normal breast development.
Sunscreens, lipsticks, skin creams, nail polishes may contain UV filters. Several UV filters could have hormone disrupting properties, including benzophenone, homosalate, and octinoxate.
Always try to be cautious when you decide to use any personal care product. Research about the product and gather as much information as you can before you make the purchase decision.