Most beauty products contain harmful chemicals. Even products claiming to be “organic” are often made with harmful chemicals. Many of these chemicals are banned in Europe, but very few of them are banned in the U.S.
Some of these commonly used, harmful materials are linked to cancer. These chemicals are called “endocrine disrupting chemicals” because they mimic or block our bodies’ natural hormones, which creates problems for your body and can sometimes lead to the development of cancer.
5 Everyday Products Containing Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Below is a list of several everyday products that contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. Endocrine disrupting chemicals are not found in all products. Be sure to check the labels carefully if you’re trying to avoid these harmful chemicals:
- Deodorant/Antiperspirant. Deodorant is one of the worst offenders when it comes to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Aluminum is one of the harmful chemicals found in many deodorants. It’s used to keep you from sweating. Aluminum is easily absorbed into the skin and mimics estrogen.
- Laundry Detergent. Many laundry detergent contains dioxins. Dioxins have been labeled a class I carcinogen by The International Agency for Research on Cancer.
- Shaving Cream/Gel. Shaving creams and gels often contain BHA or BHT. These chemicals have been banned in Europe. Animal studies have shown that they may cause cancer, and The National Toxicology Program lists them as a likely carcinogen. Animal studies also show that animals exposed to BHT/BHA develop problems with their thyroids and reproductive systems.
- Shampoos/Conditioners. Shampoos and conditioners may contain PEGs (polyethylene glycol). PEGs are often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1.4 Dioxane, which are known carcinogens.
- Body Wash/Hand Soap. Your body wash and hand soap may contain Cocamidopropyl Betaine among other dangerous chemicals. Cocamidopropyl Betaine is considered toxic and has been shown to cause cancer in animals.
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