beauty and the beasts
At present, more than 400 chemicals are classified as carcinogens or possible carcinogens, many of which are used in consumer goods.
Some are pesticides and other chemicals found in food, but many are found in health and beauty products.
This means that when we brush our teeth, wash our faces, take a shower, wash our heads or apply lipstick, the chemicals we come into contact with may increase our risk of cancer.
Under federal law, the term \"personal care products\" is divided into \"cosmetics\" and \"medicines \".
The FDA regulates drugs, but cosmetics include skin moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, nail polish, cosmetics, shampoo, hair color. Toothpaste and deodorant do not currently require FDA approval until they enter the market.
However, cosmetic companies do have legal responsibility for the safety of their products.
The exception is personal care products, which are classified as \"drugs\", including dandruff or acne treatment, designed to treat or prevent the disease, or to affect the function or appearance of the body, sunscreen, antisweat, Diaper Rash Ointment;
These require FDA approval before they go public.
Some products, such as-
Dandruff Shampoo and antisweat
Deodorant is a cosmetic and pharmaceutical product that must meet the requirements of both categories.
For years, this ineffective system allows companies to use harmful and carcinogenic chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products.
There are too many chemicals listed here, but these are the most common ones: formaldehyde--
Classified as known human carcinogens by international cancer research institutions (IARC).
Used as a preservative in many products including straightener, also considered as a preservative.
It is estimated that about one
The fifth chemical in American cosmetics and personal care products contains chemicals that break down and release formaldehyde, such as preservatives DMDM hydantoin and bronopol.
Americans are also found to be allergic to these ingredients. Parabens --
These preservatives mimic estrogen and are found in female breast cancer tumors.
Like BPA, parabens is also considered an endocrine disruptor. -
Chemicals that affect hormone and endocrine development and have cross-generation effects. Phthalates --
These chemicals are used in the production of soft, soft materials and are present in food packaging as well as in plastic shower curtains, building materials and cosmetics.
They have a counter.
Male effects in male animals, resulting in reproductive abnormalities such as decreased testosterone production, decreased sperm production, and no reduction in testicles.
Studies of humans exposed to neighboring benzene ester found to be associated with similar male reproductive diseases found in animals. Triclosans --
These are antimicrobial pesticides in liquid soap or soap.
It is also an endocrine disruptor that can change thyroid function and reproductive hormone.
In addition, the excessive use of tricomania may lead to bacterial resistance.
Sadly, bisphenol a, para-acid salts, O-benates and III-chlorates are also associated with obesity and diabetes, which is an increasingly serious problem in the United States. S.
Fortunately, some companies are taking action to provide safe personal care products.
In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson, responding to consumer concerns and demands, became the first major consumer goods company to work to eliminate a variety of potentially harmful chemicals, including formaldehyde, and as of the end of 2015, the company\'s consumer goods range.
Both Neutrogena, Aveeno and Clean and Clear are products of Johnson & Johnson and will be included in this bold plan.
I hope other major cosmetics and personal care products companies such as P & G, Estee Lauder and L\'Oreal will follow the example of Johnson & Johnson, remove known carcinogens and other ingredients known or suspected to be harmful to adults and children in their products.
In response to Johnson & Johnson\'s announcement, Estee Lauder said the company complied with all safety regulations.
Because the FDA allows the use of carcinogenic and other harmful chemicals, Estee Lauder\'s statement is not a commitment to sell cosmetics that do not contain formaldehyde, P-ester and other harmful chemicals.
The late Evelyn Lloyd is the brave and generous founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which provides millions of dollars a year for cutting-edge cancer research.
Of course, Estee Lauder will respond to ensure that its products do not contain any harmful ingredients, especially those known or suspected to cause cancer.
Federal cosmetics regulations are coming soon.
On July 2012, Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey launched a landmark legislation, the Safe Chemicals Act, which was approved by the Senate committee.
The bill will phase out chemicals related to cancer and reproductive abnormalities and require screening of new chemicals before they go public.
It will also require manufacturers to fully disclose ingredients and authorize the FDA to recall hazardous products.
We should all be in touch with congressional delegates to request the passage of this important bill.
We can also lobby companies that sell personal care products to take immediate action.
The Safe Chemicals Act will end the catastrophic effects of chemicals from one generation to another.
We believe that when we take a shower, wash our hair or make up, we do not do harm to ourselves by doing so.
Being clean and beautiful should not increase our risk of cancer.
Margaret I. Cuomo, M. D. , click here.
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