It may or may not surprise many of you to know that the ingredients found in many shampoos actually pose a threat to your health. Studies have shown that various chemicals in shampoos, especially preservatives shampoo may cause severe health hazards, such as eye and skin irritation, hair loss, and even cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not set any legal guidelines or boundaries for cosmetic or shampoo manufacturers to follow. I have researched and listed 6 shampoos that you should immediately avoid because the ingredients they contain poses a significant threat to your health. Miss Jessie’s Co-Wash What makes this product toxic: 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 and Butylparaben Propylparaben and Butyl Paraben are 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. DMDM Hydantoin (Formaldehyde releaser) DMDM Hydantoin, Imidazolindinyl Urea, and other formaldehyde releasers are recognized carcinogens according to the United States National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Over time skin allergies may arise. This is because formaldehyde impairs the immune system so it cannot work correctly to protect bodies and skin from threats. When inhaled, formaldehyde releasers may irritate eyes, nose, and throat, creating a cold or flu-like decongestion. Eventually, this leads to respiratory problems including asthma, potential inner ear problems and ear infections, headaches and leaves the body more susceptible to cancer. Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir Clarifying Sulfate-Free Shampoo What makes this product toxic:
- Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate) According to a study by U.S. government scientists, retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight. Retinyl palmitate and other vitamin A ingredients in cosmetics could also contribute to vitamin A toxicity due to excessive exposure.
- Other toxic ingredients include fragrance and DMDM Hydantoin (Formaldehyde releaser)