In today’s world, it seems as though everything we touch, breathe, eat or drink is bad for you somehow. As an example, over-the-counter heartburn medications are in recall due to a probable human carcinogen that could cause cancer in users. Then there is the controversy surrounding Roundup, a popular weed killer. Some say its active ingredient causes cancer, and some say it’s safe.
For many people, it’s the hidden sources of toxic chemicals that have the potential to ultimately cause illnesses such as cancer. One area that many people say needs more government oversight is the production of cosmetics, since they can contain numerous harmful chemicals.
What kinds of chemicals are in cosmetics?
It may surprise you to know what is in your cosmetics. The personal care and cosmetics industries are not under close regulation as others are, so you could find that toxic chemicals, such as the following, are in products you use every day:
- Lead, which is a potent neurotoxin
- Formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen
- Chemicals that release formaldehyde
- Toluene, which is toxic to your brain and nervous system
- Asbestos, which is a known carcinogen
- Mercury, which can cause damage to your kidneys and nervous system
- Triclosan, which is known to affect the thyroid
- Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which research has linked to cancer
These above are just some of the chemicals found in cosmetics and personal care products. Some major retailers here in the United States are working to remove or have removed these and other chemicals from their store brands, but many would say that isn’t enough. Major name brands may still include these chemicals in their products. One of the primary issues is that companies can label these chemicals as “fragrance” and not disclose them.
Like other Georgia consumers, you probably trust that any product put on the market is safe for you to use. However, as you can see, that may not be the case. Exposure to these toxic chemicals in other industries and areas is under regulation, and companies can face harsh penalties for violating regulations and laws. That doesn’t appear to be the case in the cosmetics industry. The possibility that your cancer could have a link to the products you have used and use every day for years is a very real one.