7 Biggest Cancer Causers In Your Cupboards

-Seven dirty chemicals that could make you seriously ill

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently have the authority to test cosmetics before they go to market.

But makeup isn’t the only potential cancer-causer in your bathroom—many other personal care products used by the average adult for themselves or their children are laced with potentially harmful ingredients, some of which are either suspected or confirmed carcinogens.

Though no one product will give you cancer, given that the average woman applies more than 10 products to her skin every day, each containing an average of 10-12 ingredients, the risks of long-term exposure to such contaminants is high.

1. Baby Products

1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen, exist s as a byproduct of certain manufacturing processes involving petroleum ingredients such as sodium laureth sulfate.

As such, it is not an additive in personal care and cosmetic products, but is present in many adult and baby products by association. By some estimates, it is present in 57% of all baby soaps.

2. Lipsticks

Recent studies have found that huge numbers of all lipsticks currently on the market contain lead (two-thirds of all samples in one study group).

Listed as a probable carcinogen by the American Cancer Society, lead can be found in a whole host of cosmetics and personal care products, including makeup (foundation, eye shadow, concealer, lip gloss, blush, and bronzers), sunscreens, and moisturizers.

3. MakeUp Products

Yet another in the long list of known carcinogens used in bathroom concoctions, asbestos can be found in many common makeup products based on talc formulations. Talc is a natural mineral that when mined can be naturally infused with asbestos, though no tests are ever conducted to determine its safety when used in cosmetic products.

Most conventional makeups, including eye shadows, foundations, blushes, and mascaras are based on talc formulations, and talc can also be found in antiperspirants and deodorants. If you’re exposed to asbestos from makeup and develop a serious illness, Baron and Budd can help you receive compensation.

4. Bath Products

In 2007, news broke that many products by reputable brands contained the carcinogen formaldehyde, yet none of the products included this chemical on the ingredient list.

The mystery was solved when it was revealed that formaldehyde enters our personal care products when conventional preservatives (such as quaternium-15 or DMDM hydantoin) off-gas formaldehyde into the product containers. This chemical can be found in things like shampoos, soaps, and bubble bath products.

5. Mascara

A metal element, chromium is found in a surprising array of products, including things like mascara, eye shadow, blush, lip plumper, and anti-aging creams.

Chromium VI is on the American Cancer Society’s list of known human carcinogens.

6. Hair Dyes and Anti-itch Creams

Coal tar, which is derived from coal (obviously) can be found in things like hair dyes, dandruff treatments, anti-itch creams, rosacea treatments, eczema creams, as well as bath salts and soaks.

Coal tar can also be found in dyes that go by names such as “FD&C Blue 1” (found in toothpaste) and “FD&C Green 3” (found in mouthwash). So watch out for artificially colored products, too.

7. Foot Powders

And don’t forget your lowly feet. Some foot powders as well as mascara, foundation, lip balm, and wart removal treatments, and corn/callus treatments can contain petroleum distillates which are also carcinogenic.

They are identified as “liquid paraffin” or “petroleum” and similar terms on ingredient labels.


Posted in: Cancer InfoFeatures

RSSComments (1)

Leave a Reply | Trackback URL

  1. mj says:

    Basically in my mind Lipsticks, Make-up Products, and Mascara could all be listed under the same thing. Some things that you avoided mentioning were “food” products.

    Soda (>2 cans/day) has been linked (in some studies) to inc likelihood of pancreatic cancer (yikes!), not to mention the other atrocious foods that are in people’s cupboards with all kinds of preservatives and other additives, dyes, etc.

    Hair dyes and lipsticks are among the worst products for introducing heavy metals into the body.

    And let’s not forget about Vitamin D as being anticancer, that said and taking into all the chemicals in MANY sunscreen products, I might even put sunscreen on the list!

    All in all a good list :)