Formaldehyde in Skin Care Products

Thursday, June 16, 2011


The US Department of Health & Human Services finally has declared Formaldehyde to be a carcinogen. We’ve known this for quite some time, though, and I’ve been advising readers to avoid certain ingredients because of it. Who really wants an ingredients used to embalm the dead in their face cream?
That’s all well and good. You look at your product labels and none of your products contain Formaldehyde anyway, right? Actually, I do not think I have even seen a product label naming this on the ingredients listing. This is one of those ingredients the mainstream cosmetics and skin care industry is happy to gloss over and still include in your products.
I’ve compiled a list of ingredients that may very well be on your product labels right now that actually release, leech, or contain formaldehyde so you can be an informed consumer and avoid this carcinogen:
1. BHT  (Butylated hydroxytoluene)
2. DMDM Hydantoin
3. Diazolidinyl Urea
4. Imidiazolidinyl Urea
5. Quaternium-15
6. Toluene sulfonamide (this is in many nail polishes)

By the way, BHT is also a food additive and is even found in some potato chips. It is dangerous and I don’t get why it’s not banned!
*Also look for companies, such as small ones on Etsy, who just list “Germall” or “Germall Plus” on their ingredients list.  This preservative contains #3 and #4 from the list above and IS a formaldehyde donor.

Have you thought about getting the notoriously popular Brazilian Blowout for your hair? I know several people who have had this done and I would compare this to smoking and using a tanning bed in terms of the danger factor.
Here is a great article from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics about the dangers of this “treatment” and why lawmakers want to make it illegal.
Being an informed consumer is crucial as long as the cosmetics industry continues to be allowed to be vague about their ingredients and not fully disclose what exactly is in them.
Take a look at your most-used products tonight and look at the labels to be sure your products don’t contain the ingredients listed above.


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