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The face creams, shampoos, lotions and other products we put on our bodies can be just as harmful as some of the foods we ingest as they penetrate our skin and migrate to our bloodstreams. Some of the ingredients found in the products we used have been closely associated to issues such as endocrine disruption, contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), lung problems and even cancer. Under current law, the FDA doesn’t require cosmetics companies to conduct safety assessments on their products. Harmful ingredients can be easily masked under confusing or deceptive titles like “fragrance.”. Thus, It is imperative that we as consumers try to understand the ingredients in the product we’re buying. Luckily, companies like EWG researches the majority of cosmetic products on the market, and we also have access to websites like Pubmed where we can investigate the individual ingredients in the products we are using. One of the common issues in many people with acne prone skin is hyperpigmentation where the pimples dry up and leave a dark spot. To rid of those dark marks, many people turn to fade/lightening products. There are many good fading products out in the market, and with the correct formulation/combination they can work well for your skin, but there are also ones out there who will worsen your skin or causes health problems in the long run. I will mainly discuss 3 toxic skin fading/lightening products you should stop using immediately if you are using them. Nadinola Skin Discoloration Fade Cream, Extra Strength Formula HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruptionContamination concernsIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)MiscellaneousOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)Occupational hazards; MODERATE concerns: Cancer Ingredients of Most  Concern: HYDROQUINONE Hydroquinone is an aromatic compound that functions in cosmetics as an antioxidant, fragrance, reducing agent or polymerization inhibitor. Hydroquinone is also used as a skin bleaching agent. Rodent studies involving very high doses of hydroquinone administered by feeding tube showed the potential to cause cancer, according to the FDA. FRAGRANCE Fragranced products have been associated with a range of adverse health effects, such as migraine headaches, asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, mucosal symptoms, and contact dermatitis. PROPYLPARABEN Propylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Although parabens (the group of chemicals in which propylparaben belongs) are generally considered safe when used in low percentages (.04% – .08%), many studies have found a link between parabens and breast cancer. Palmers Eventone Night Fade Treatment HIGH concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards; MODERATE concerns: Cancer Ingredients of Concern: HYDROQUINONE Hydroquinone is an aromatic compound that functions in cosmetics as an antioxidant, fragrance, reducing agent or polymerization inhibitor. Hydroquinone is also used as a skin bleaching agent. Rodent studies involving very high doses of hydroquinone administered by feeding tube showed the potential to cause cancer, according to the FDA. FRAGRANCE Fragranced products have been associated with a range of adverse health effects, such as migraine headaches, asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, mucosal symptoms, and contact dermatitis. METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE Methylisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic. Methylisothiazolinone has been linked to lung toxicity.   HIGH concerns: Endocrine disruption, Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Occupational hazards; MODERATE concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Ingredients of Concern: FRAGRANCE Fragranced products have been associated with a range of adverse health effects, such as migraine headaches, asthma attacks, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, mucosal symptoms, and contact dermatitis. PROPYLPARABEN Propylparaben is in the paraben family of preservatives used by the food, pharmaceutical, and personal care product industries. Parabens mimic estrogen and can act as potential hormone (endocrine) system disruptors. Although parabens (the group of chemicals in which propylparaben belongs) are generally considered safe when used in low percentages (.04% – .08%), many studies have found a link between parabens and breast cancer.   References https://www.ewg.org/ https://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm397393.htm https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5093181/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21164074        

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