Is your make up dangerous?


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This morning while putting on my makeup, I was thinking about the possibility that it is actually bad for my skin. I've heard about chemicals in makeup, but not what they can do. I have an addiction to over-priced makeup that advertises that it doesn't contain a lot of the chemicals that over the counter makeups do, so I thought I'd look into this more. `

What I found is much more dramatic than I expected. The chemicals in cancer can actually  increase the chances of getting cancer. Parabens and phthalates are contributors to breast cancer. Parabens are a preservative in personal care products that are found in breast tissue. Phtalates are are used to hold color and for fragrances, and are dangerous because they are a hormone disruptor. I was very shocked to find that lead is commonly found in lipstick and nailpolish, and that it can even be made with such chemicals. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin. The list of dangerous chemicals that can also be found in cosmetics seems never-ending.

A study discovered that phtalate exposure is linked with behavior issues. According to Scientific American, the study found that kids who are exposed to cosmetics while in the womb are more likely to have problems with their behavior, like ADD. The details of this study can be found here:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=children-chemicals-fragrences-cosmetics-pthalate-attention-deficit-womb&page=2

I find it ironic that people are so concerned about testing these type of products on animals when we are so willing to use these products anyway. The unfortunate thing is that while makeup that is safer containing less or none of these chemicals exists, it is very expensive and is about 4 times the price or more of drugstore makeup. A bill was passed this summer to allow the FDA to regulate cosmetics- and the industry is fighting vigorously.

These ingredients are hard to avoid, but try and steer clear by reading the ingredients on all of your makeup and cosmetics. The problem is not only with women but men as well, in products like shampoo, body wash, and deodorants. Stay aware of what you're using on your body!




http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/factors/cosmetics

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/chemicals-linked-to-breast-cancer/cosmetics/

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/04/fdas-regulation-over-cosmetics-nears-despite-industry-backlash/

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=children-chemicals-fragrences-cosmetics-pthalate-attention-deficit-womb&page=2

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This is really a good concern for girls. Though I seldom makeup, the people around me all like make up. It is true that after you make up you will feel urself become confident and totally different from the ordinary one..in daily life. Just as you said "the list of dangerous chemicals that can also be found in cosmetics seems never-ending". I have a friend whose skin was really good in the past time, before she learned to makeup. At the beginning, there were no signs shows what would happened. However, after several weeks, her face was almost full of
whelk...and became rough...It may also because of the brand of the production. Anyway, makeup is dangerous,not only because of the surface bad results, but also in potential, gradually makes u ill. As what u mentioned in your blog, that the chemicals in the makeup things will cause cancer. There are also possibly dangerous ingredients in hair shampoos, skin creams, toothpastes, and other personal care items.
Want more info:http://www.healthfoodemporium.com/index_dangerous-ingredients.php

I seldom ever wear and makeup and your blog touched exactly upon why! My mom has always stressed the importance of less makeup being healthy. If you think about it in terms of skin health, not just overall body health- makeup is clogging your pores and preventing the skin from producing/maintaing all the natural oils it needs to. In my experience, after I stopped using foundation and powders, my broken-out skin entirely cleared up. Sometimes all your skin needs is to breathe.
One of the most dangerous makeup's out there is actually eye makeup! Women are notorious for sharing makeup, but next time, I would definitely keep the mascara to yourself. Sharing can lead to severe eye infections and spread bacteria. Here is a great article from , EyeSMart, with some more tips on avoiding eye infections from makeup! Definitely worth a read!

This blog really caught my attention because unlike the other two people that commented on this, I wear make-up all the time. But, it lead me to think back to class and how Andrew said to ask what's the risk, how dangerous is it? In your blog you said that the chemicals in makeup can increase chances for cancer, by how much? In an article by the American Cancer Society it said that "whether cosmetics or certain ingredients in them cause more subtle or long-term health problems is still a matter of debate. Uncertainty exists because many products and ingredients, although unlikely to cause serious problems, have not been thoroughly tested." So, going back to things we've learned in class, there is no evidence linking these to be causual, so, there is no reason to steer clear of makeup. This sentence from this article helped me in reaching this decision,"Based on the current available data, there is little evidence to suggest that using cosmetics, or being exposed to the ingredients in cosmetics during normal use of these products, increases cancer risk." To read more on this click here.

This blog really caught my attention because unlike the other two people that commented on this, I wear make-up all the time. But, it lead me to think back to class and how Andrew said to ask what's the risk, how dangerous is it? In your blog you said that the chemicals in makeup can increase chances for cancer, by how much? In an article by the American Cancer Society it said that "whether cosmetics or certain ingredients in them cause more subtle or long-term health problems is still a matter of debate. Uncertainty exists because many products and ingredients, although unlikely to cause serious problems, have not been thoroughly tested." So, going back to things we've learned in class, there is no evidence linking these to be causual, so, there is no reason to steer clear of makeup. This sentence from this article helped me in reaching this decision,"Based on the current available data, there is little evidence to suggest that using cosmetics, or being exposed to the ingredients in cosmetics during normal use of these products, increases cancer risk." To read more on this click here.

Well, I guess now it's two to two; I also wear makeup everyday and was a bit skeptical of this argument. Sure, there are chemicals in makeup, nail polish, shampoo, and all of these products but we need to consider how much of the product we are actually being exposed to. For instance, I have used the same nail polish bottles for dozens of manicures and can barely even see a dent in them. So how much of those harmful chemicals am I really being exposed to and how likely is it that enough of those chemicals could find their way into my system and cause cancer? There are plenty of everyday products that contain toxic chemicals along with beauty products: http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/12/22/5-toxic-items-youre-unknowingly-being-exposed-to/. Due to the amount of chemicals in so many of the products that we consume, I personally do not believe that we should avoid using a group of products entirely when the risks for getting cancer from them are so small to begin with.

I'm really glad you blogged on this topic! One of my health teachers commented on this and I was surprised. She talked about how what we put into our bodies is just as important as what we put on them. Since many people in other comments have looked into the harmful make ups and lotions I thought I would explore the healthy side. Northwestern health sciences director, Rosie Ward, suggests avoiding synthetic perfumes and colognes and opting for 100% certified organic products instead. She also recommends reading the labels. Avoid chemicals ending in "acid" or "alcohol" and anything that contains synthetic colors or fragrances, mercury, or triethanolamine. 300 companies have joined the group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and vow to eliminate cancer-causing chemicals from their products. Some of these companies include Burt's Bees, Kiss My Face, and Avalon Natural Products.
Although people have been wearing make up for years and health risks have yet to be established when your lipstick runs out it might be worth a try to switch to a different brand!

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/183108-toxins-in-skin-care/#ixzz2AFsXlwQi

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