Is you makeup making you sick? Check the label for these nasty ingredients…-

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Most people that are health conscious know that not all skincare is created with safety and well being in mind. Just like junk food has a negative effect on our bodies, skincare and cosmetic products made from synthetic or petrochemicals can cause all sorts of disease in our bodies. There are literally hundreds of toxic chemicals still being used in our skincare and cosmetics today but some are especially nasty. To help you clean up your beauty regime and fast track your healthy skincare regime we have complied a list of the most toxic ingredients and the ones that should be avoided at all costs!  Here they are:

1. Acrylic Acid –- Derived from petroleum, this is a respiratory toxin in humans and can cause asthma and allergic reaction (skin and lungs). In animals it has been known to cause renal failure, blood tumors and skin tumors. Mostly found in hair colouring, hair spray, lip gloss, lipstick and mascara.

2. Aluminium –- Derived from minerals, this is a strong neurotoxin and causes irritation of the eyes, skin and lungs. It is also a endocrine disruptor and is linked to Alzheimer’-s disease and breast cancer. Most often found in antiperspirants and cosmetics.

3. Aluminium Chloride –- Made from synthetics or minerals, it is a neurotoxin and has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’-s disease. Commonly found in antiperspirants and water filtration.

4. Aluminium Hydroxide –- Mineral derived, Aluminium hydroxide is know to have adverse effects on the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the gastrointestinal system. It is often used in foundation, mascara and sunscreen.

5. Aluminium Stearate –  Derived from animals and palm oil Aluminium Stearate is an environmental toxin found in foundation, mascara and sunscreen.

6. Ammonium Thioglycolate –- Is a synthetic compound that is known to cause skin irritations and is a skin toxicant. There is also evidence to suggest it can effect the immune system. It is mostly used in depilatory products and hair straightening or perming products.

7. Ammonium Persulfate –- is an inorganic salt. Its usage is restricted in cosmetics as there is strong evidence to suggest it is  an skin, eye and lungs irritant  and  it suspected of organ system toxicity. It is mostly found in bleaching products.

8. Amyl Acetate –- Amyl Accetate is a solvent and a known neurotoxin. It is an eye and lung irritant and can effect the nervous system and the respiratory system. It is used in nail polish and tanning oil.

9. Benzalkonium Chloride –- is a petroleum derived preservative that is known to cause allergic and hyper-sensative reactions such as Asthma, eczema, dermatitis, itching and hives. It can also effect the immune system, the nervous system, the respiratory system and the gastrointestinal system.It is often used in acne treatments, baby lotion, cleansers and facial moisturisers.

10. Benzyl Alcohol –- is often derived from petroleum and is known to cause skin aliments such as eczema, dermatitis, hives and rashes. It is commonly found in soap bars, conditioner, facial moisturiser, hair colour, hair bleach, lip gloss, mascara, perfume.

11. Boric Acid –- is an in inorganic acid that is banned from use in Canada and Japan.  It is a strong reproductive toxin and potent endocrine disruptor. It is unsafe for use on infants.  It is often used in mascara, body powder, makeup remover, body powders, deodorants and soap bars.

12. Bronopol –- also known as 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1 or 3-diol, Bronopol  is a known skin allergen and there is evidence to suggest it can also effect the immune system. There are also concerns it is a carcinogen and it is a suspected environmental toxin. It is used as a preservative in many types of cosmetics and personal care products.

13. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) –- This chemical compound (commonly labelled as BHA)  is known as endocrine disruptor and causes organ-system toxicity. It is banned for use in cosmetics in the European Union.  It is used as a preservative in Lip products, hair products, makeup, sunscreen, antiperspirant/deodorant, fragrance, creams.

14. Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) –- This chemical compound is closely related to BHA and has the same dangerous characteristics such as endocrine disruption, organ toxin. Avoid at all costs.

15. Butylparaben –- Derived from petroleum this chemical is known to cause dermatitis and allergic reactions. It interferes with gene expression and can cause endocrine disruption. It is used as a preservative in cleansers, concealers, lipstick and moisturiser.

16. CI 45410 –- Is a red synthetic colourant made from petroleum. It is a suspected carcinogen, teratogen, mutagen and is a suspected  reproductive toxin. It may also cause skin irritation. It is often used in lip gloss, blush, lip liner and lipstick.

17. Camphor –- Is derived from the camphor tree but can also be produced synthetically. Camphor is hazardous if digested and is to be avoid while pregnant. It is restricted from cosmetic use in Canada. It is used in facial cleansers, foundations, lip balm, moisturiser and nail polish.

18. Ceteareth (2-100) – Can be derived from animal sources, petroleum or palm oil and contaminated with ethylene oxide or dioxane. Ceteareth is a known skin irritant that is used in baby lotion, moisturiser and sunscreen.

19. Cetrimonium bromide –- Is a synthetic ingredient that is extremely toxic to aquatic organisms. It is known to cause skin, eye and lung irritations. It is most commonly found in conditioner, facial cleanser and moisturiser.

20. Cetrimonium chloride –- Another synthetic ingredient that is dangerous to the environment. It is harmful if swallowed and known to cause skin, eye and lung irritation. It is used is shampoo, styling gel, conditioner and hair relaxers.

21. Chlorhexidine –- Is a synthetic ingredient that is banned from use in cosmetic use in Japan and Canada. It effects the immune and respiratory systems and can cause asthma, allergic and hyper-sensitive reactions. It is used in hair bleach, hair colour and conditioner.

22. Chlororesorcinol –- Derived from petroleum and may contain harmful impurities. It is a suspected carcinogen and skin toxin. It is used in hair dyes and bleach.

23 Chloroxylenol –- Is a petroleum derived preservative that adversely effects the liver, gastrointestinal and immune systems. It is commonly used in eye shadow, facial cleansers, shampoo and styling gel.

24. Chromium  –- Is an inorganic compound which has a bio-accumulative effects on wildlife. It is known to irritate skin, eyes and mucus membrane and is a suspected carcinogen and immunotoxicity. It is used in colour cosmetics.

25. Cinnamal –- is an aromatic synthetic compound. It effects the immune system and the nervous system. It is commonly found in bubble bath, cleansers, fragrances, lip gloss and moisturiser.

26. Coal Tar –- is a by product of the distillation of bituminous coal. It is banned from use in Canada and the EU. The is a carcinogen and adversely effects the respiratory system. It is used in shampoo and soap.

27. Cocamide DEA –- made from petroleum. Cocamide DEA is a skin irritant and suspected carcinogen and immunotoxicity. It is used in bubble bath, facial cleanser, liquid hand soap and shampoo.

28. Coumarin –- can be derived from tonka beans or made synthetically, it can cause allergic reaction. It is also a carcinogen and effects the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system and liver. It is used in body spray, cleanser, fragrances, hair colour and bleach.

29. Cyclohexylamine –- petroleum derived and used in hair spray. Cyclohexylamine effects the nervous system, cardiovascular system, immune system, nervous system reproductive system and respiratory system.

30.  Deet –- petroleum derived and used in insect repellent. It is harmful to aquatic organisms and the environment. It causes skin, eye and lung irritations and is a suspected liver, reproductive, respiratory irritant.

31. DMDM hydantoin –- is a synthetic ingredient used in body wash, conditioner, facial cleanser, moisturiser, shampoo and styling gel. It effects the immune system.

32. Diazolidinyl urea –- this animal derived ingredient is used as a preservative (also known as Germall II and claimed to be natural). It causes allergic reactions, Dermatitis and released formaldehyde. It is also suspected of liver damage and neurotoxicity. It is used in anti-aging products, conditioners, facial cleansers, foundations and moisturisers.

33. Dibutyl phthalate –- derived from petroleum and banned from cosmetics in the EU. It is suspected of developmental, endocrine, liver, kidney, reproductive, immuno and neurotoxicity damage. It is used in nail polish and nail treatment products.

34 Diethanolamine –- a petroleum derived product used in liquid hand soap, moisturisers and sunscreens. It is carcinogenic and effects the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, the nervous system, respiratory system, liver and kidneys.

35. Diethyl phthalate –- also derived from petroleum and used mainly in fragrances. It effects the endocrine system, the gastrointestinal system, the nervous system, respiratory system, immune system, reproductive system and the liver.

36. Diethylene glycol  –- made from petroleum and used to make toothpaste and foundation. It effects the gastrointestinal system, the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, immune system, reproductive system, kidneys and the liver.

37. Dioxane –- is a toxic by-product of the ethoxylation process. It is a known carcinogen and effects the gastrointestinal system, the nervous system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, immune system, reproductive system, kidneys and the liver. It banned in most countries. May be in any ingredients with PEG, eth, polyethylene, polyethlylene glycol, polyoxyethylene or oxynol in their names.

38. Ethanolamine –- Also known as MEA this ingredient is derived from petroleum. It can trigger asthma and skin irritations and effects the respiratory and nervous systems. It is used in hair colour, hair bleach, hair relaxers and shampoo.

39. Ethyl acetate –- is an ester of ethyl alcohol and may be derived from petroleum. It effects the nervous and respiratory systems. It is commonly used in nail polish and nail polish remover.

40. Ethylene glycol –- petroleum derived and known to effect cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems. Also effects liver and kidneys. Found in hair colour and hair bleach.

41. Ethylene Oxide –- Made from petroleum and banned from cosmetic use in Canada and the EU.  It is known to be carcinogenic, a reproductive toxin and skin and eye irritant. It is suspected to effect respiratory, cardiovascular systems and kidney and liver. It is found in cosmetic ingredients with PEG, eth glycol or oxynol in names.

42. Ethylparaben –  Derived from petroleum and used as a preservative. It is suspected of disrupting endocrine and causing sensitisation. Used in anti-aging products, facial cleanser, foundation, mascara and moisturiser.

43. Fluoride – Derived from gas and used in oral care products. Can potential cause bone cancer, bone fractures, dental fluorosis, osteomalacia. It is suspected as also effecting the cardivascular, respiratory, developmental, liver, musculoskeletal systems.

44. Formaldehyde –- Made from petroleum and used in nail polish and nail treatments. Can cause asthma and recognised as a carcinogen. Also suspected of liver, respiratory, reproductive system damage. Similar to Formalin.

45. Glutaral –- Made from petroleum and used in cleansers, liquid hand soap and moisturisers. It effected the developmental, immune, reproductive and respiratory systems. Similar to Glutaraldehyde.

46. Hydroquinone –- Derived from petroleum and a suspected carcinogen. It is also thought to effect respiratory, reproductive, cardiovascular and immune systems. Also toxic to wildlife and the environment. It is used in anti-aging and skin lightening products and facial moisturisers.

47. Lead Acetate –- A mineral ingredient that is a compound of lead and acetic acid. It is banned in Canada, USA and the EU. It is bio-accumlative in humans and wildlife and a recognised carcinogen. Used in hair colour and bleach.

48. Methenamine –- Derived from petroleum or formaldehyde and ammonia and used as a preservative in shampoo and conditioners.  It is suspected to effect the respiratory system and immune system.

49. Methylparaben -A petroleum derived ester used as a preservative. Can cause dermatitis, sensitisation and skin irritation. Suspected of interfering with gene expression and endocrine disruption. It is commonly used is anti-aging products, facial cleansers, shampoo and conditioner, foundation, mascara and moisturisers.

50. Mineral Oil –- Mineral oil is a mix of liquid hydrocarbons and paraffin oil (petroleum derived) and aggravate acne. It is also a suspected carcinogen and liver toxin. It is used in baby oil, concealer, eye shadow, lip gloss, lipstick and moisturiser.

51. Musk ambrette –- Derived from animal origins or can be synthetic, it is banned from cosmetic use in Canada and the EU. It can cause contact dermatitis, allergic reactions and is a suspected mutagen. It is bio-accumulative in wildlife. It is used in perfume and after-shave.

52. Nitrosamines –- is made synthetically and banned from cosmetic use in Canada and the EU. It has the potential to pass through the skin and cause human skin toxicity, liver damage and various types of cancer. It is found in shampoo, conditioner, anti-aging and moisturiser but can also be an impurity in more than 9000 ingredients and not labelled.

53. Oxybenzone –- Another petroleum derived ingredient also known as benzophenone-3 and similar to benzene. Its usage is restricted in Japan. It can potentially effect the liver and kidneys as well as the endocrine and gastrointestinal system. It is used in anti-aging products, fragrances, lip balm, lipstick, moisturiser and sunscreen.

54. PAHs –- is a group of over 100 different chemicals banned from cosmetic use in Canada and the EU. They are often derived from coal or petroleum and may be in products containing petrolatum or white petrolatum as ingredients. They are carcinogens and effect the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive and respiratory systems.

55.  Phenol –- also derived from petroleum, Phenol is banned from cosmetics in Canada and Japan. It is toxic by inhalation, skin contact and ingestion. It is bio-accumulative and suspected to adversely effect  kidney, liver and reproductive, respiratory, cardiovascular systems. It is often used in lip balm and shaving cream.

56. Phenoxyethanol –- is a petroleum derived preservative and restricted in Japan. Used as a preservative (often in products claimed to be natural) it has adverse effects on the reproductive system. It is often used in cleanser, eye shadow, mascara, moisturisers and perfume.

57. Phthalates –- made from petroleum, it is linked to birth defects and damage to the male reproductive system. It is suspected of endocrine, liver, kidney, reproductive, developmental, immuno and neurotoxicity damage. It is also a wildlife and environmental toxin. It is a common ingredient in body lotion, hair spray, nail polish and perfume.

58. Polyethylene glycol –- also known as PEG-7, it is derived from petroleum. Can cause liver damage. It is an ingredient used in face cleansers, hair spray, personal lubricants, toner and toothpaste.

59. Propylene glycol –- can potentially cause eczema, and effect penetration enhancement. It is also suspected to effect the respiratory and immune systems. It is derived from petroleum and commonly used in anti-aging products, conditioner, face cleanser, mascara, moisturiser, shampoo and styling gel. 64. Propylparaben –- used as a preservative in anti-aging products, eye shadow, facial cleansers, lip gloss, lipstick, mascara and moisturiser. This ingredient can cause contact dermatitis and is suspected on endocrine disruption and is a wildlife and environmental toxin.

60. SLS –- also known as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, this product is synthetically derived or made from palm oil.  It is toxic to aquatic organisms and is accumulative in vital organs. It is widely used in body wash, face cleanser, foundation, hair colour and bleach, shampoo, tooth whitener and toothpaste.

61. Saccharin –- is a possible carcinogen and suspected of effecting the reproductive system and of developmental toxicity.  It is derived from petroleum and used to make lip balm and toothpaste.

62. Salicylic acid –- is made from sodium phenoxide and restricted from cosmetic use in Japan and Canada. It adversely effects the cardiovascular system. It is used in anti-aging products, face cleanser, foundation, moisturiser, scrub and shampoos.

63. Selenium sulfide –- is synthetically produced and banned from use in Japan and the EU. It is carcinogenic and effects the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, musculosketal, nervous and respiratory systems. It functions as an anti-dandruff treatment and is used in shampoo and conditioner.

64. Sodium Fluoride –- A synthetic or mineral derivative that is banned from oral products in Canada. It is a carcinogen and effects the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, developmental, nervous and respiratory systems. It is used in breath freshener, mouthwash, tooth whitener and toothpaste.

65. Sodium monofluorophosphate –  A synthetic or mineral derivative that is also banned from oral products in Canada. It is known to effect the nervous system. It is used in tooth whitener and toothpaste.

66. Thimerosal – is used as a preservative and banned from cosmetics in Canada and restricted in the USA and EU. It effects the developmental and immune systems and the kidneys. It is used in mascara.

67. Toluene (Toluene-2.5 diamine  or Toluene-3,4-diamine) – is petroleum derived and is an environmental and wildlife toxin. In humans it is a skin irritant and adversely effects the cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, kidney and liver systems. It is used in nail treatments and nail polish.

68. Triclocarban –- a petroleum derived ingredient used in soap and face cleansers, it effects the endocrine system and is bio-accumulative in wildlife.

69. Triclosan –- a petroleum derived ingredient used as a preservative. It causes allergic reactions and may be contaminated with chloroform and dioxin. It can cause skin, eye and lung irritation. It is an environmental and wildlife toxin. It is used in deodorant, face cleanser, liquid hand soap and toothpaste.

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