The Dirty Dozen

I recent ran across this article: The Dirty Dozen Chemicals in Cosmetics.

In the article, Catherine Zandonella, lists 12 chemicals you should avoid in cosmetics:

  1. Antibacterials
  2. Coal Tar
  3. Diethanolamine (DEA)
  4. 1,4-Dioxane
  5. Formaldehyde
  6. Fragrance
  7. Lead and Mercury
  8. Nanoparticles
  9. Parabens
  10. Petroleum Distillates
  11. P-Phenylenediamine
  12. Hydroquinone

It’s scary to think that some of the items in the list are actually in our cosmetics. But, they are. And many of them will have a worse effect on growing babies and children. It pays to read your labels.

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2 thoughts on “The Dirty Dozen”

  1. You’re right; it is very scary. Because of allergies and another autoimmune disease, I have to avoid other ingredients also, making it even more difficult to find safe products. My solution is to use as little of anything as possible. I just use a simple cream on my face after I bathe in the morning and that’s it. Once in awhile, for a special occassion, I will put on some light make-up, but with MCS, there are not too many special occassions. My family is used to seeing be bare-faced, and my husband thinks I’m beautiful anyway (which only verifies his poor eyesight).

  2. Catherine – I quit wearing make up several years ago. Lipstick is the extent of it. Every thing I bought bothered me, so I just gave up trying.

    I once worked w/ a lady who wouldn’t eat anything with more than 4 ingredients in it. I’ve just about taken that approach to everything I buy anymore. Sometimes it’s b/c I don’t feel like reading all those ingredients. But it also seems that the more ingredients there are, the worse the product is for you.

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