More Ingredients to Avoid
In addition to the Dirty Dozen, there
are over 800 chemicals commonly used in skin care products. Here is a
list of the most common, and why you’re better off avoiding them.
You will never find a single one of these ingredients in any Shan Beauty Products
AHA (alpha hydroxy acid):
Skin is exfoliated chemically instead of mechanically via abrasion,
dries and increases skin aging. Supposed to be anti-wrinkle, found in
many skin and hair care products. Used as a solvent originally in
cleaning compounds and for tanning leather. A smooth finish is developed
by stripping the outer layer of the epidermis, which causes the
irritated skin to puff up and thus fill in the lines and wrinkles. The
FDA warns that strengths over 3% may thin the skin.
Acetamide MEA: Used in lipsticks and cream blusher to retain moisture. Causes adverse reactions, and is toxic, carcinogenic, and mutagenic.
Has been found to reduce male sperm count, and to mimic estrogen in the
body. It is widely used in shampoo, causes adverse reactions and has
been shown to be toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic.
Ammonium Laureth Sulphate:
This substance contains ether and is also easily absorbed by the skin.
It is found in hair and bubble bath products. It is known to cause
adverse reactions, to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic.
Used as a color additive in cosmetics, especially eye shadows. Another
form of Aluminum is used in deodorants and antiperspirants. Listed as
carcinogenic, toxic and mutagenic.
Acts as carrying and antifoaming agent as well as a water and oil
solvent. It dries quickly, and if synthetically produced is
carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and can cause adverse reactions.
Used in facial mask, makeup, face powder. Supposed to draw out toxins
and claimed to be non-toxic, but rats have died when injected with it.
It is a known bone-marrow poison, yet is widely used and combined with
other chemicals in many personal care products. Causes adverse
reactions, is carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic.
Many kinds of shampoo designed to treat dandruff & flaky scalp
contain it. Disguised with names FD, FDC or FD&C color. Coal tar
causes potentially severe allergic reactions, asthma attacks, fatigue,
nervousness, headaches, nausea, lack of concentration, and cancer.
Mostly found in shampoo. Contains nitrosamines that are known
carcinogens causing allergic reactions and contact dermatitis. Synthetic
nonionic surfactant. Nitrosamines can form in all cosmetic ingredients
containing amines and amino derivatives with nitrogen compounds. When
DEA is applied to skin known carcinogens can form.
Cocomidopropyl Betaine: Used in shampoo in combination with other surfactants. Synthetic. Causes eyelid dermatitis.
Carbomer 934, 940, 941, 960, 961 C: Used
as a thickener and stabilizer in creams, toothpaste, eye makeup,
bathing products. It is a known allergen that has a high acidic PH in 1%
water solution. Synthetic emulsifier that can cause eye irritations and
should be avoided.
A synthetic solvent, detergent and humectant widely used in brake
fluid, industrial degreasers and antifreeze. Mostly used in liquid soap,
shampoo & conditioner. Can be harmful for the liver, kidneys and
pancreas. May cause cancer in various organs. Irritates skin, eyes,
mucous membranes. Found also in hair dye, lotions, cream, bubble bath,
liquid dishwashing detergent & laundry soap. Health risk especially
to infants and young children. Forms nitrosamines known to be
carcinogens. Causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis. Hazardous
Many tooth pastes and other tooth whiteners contain it. Damages your teeth enamel weakening their protective shell.
Dimethylamine: Secondary amines cause allergic dermatitis. Carcinogenic properties.
Used in the synthesis of lubricants and resins, and is derived from
methanol. Causes dermatitis. Acts as a preservative and may release
formaldehyde and is a suspected carcinogen. Rats develop cancer when
injected with this chemical.
These are available in various different colors. Some are simply
irritants while others are strong carcinogens. Most are coal tar
derived, and many scientists feel that adequate safety levels have not
been established for each color category.
chemical. Researchers linked it to cancer years ago. No one is
listening. Fluoridated toothpaste is especially dangerous to young
children who tend to swallow it after brushing their teeth. Supposed to
stop tooth decay. Scientists are now linking fluoride to dental
deformity, arthritis, allergic reactions, can lead to Crohn's disease. A
toxic manufacturing by-product.
It is a colorless gas with vapors that are extremely irritating to
mucous membranes. Used in nail polish and hardeners, soap, cosmetics and
hair growing products. Due to it's bad name it is sometimes hidden
under the name DMDM hydantoin or MDM hydantoin. Its trade-name is
Formalin. Released by imidazolidinyl urea. Causes dermatitis, and
ingestion can cause severe abdominal pain, internal bleeding, vertigo,
coma, and a loss of ability to urinate. It is very toxic when inhaled, a
severe skin irritant, and a suspected carcinogen that is linked to
cancer. Its use in cosmetics is banned in Japan and Sweden.
Can contain up to four thousand ingredients (including animal urine),
many toxic or carcinogenic. Causes headaches, dizziness, allergic
reactions, skin discoloration, violent coughing, vomiting, and skin
irritation. Fragrances affect the nervous system, causing depression,
hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope and other behavioral
Used as a humectant (emulsifier/moisturizer), that can be from animal
or vegetable, natural or synthetic. In most cases it is used as a cheap
glycerine substitute. Propylene glycol did cause liver abnormalities and
kidney damage in laboratory animals. Diethylene glycol and carbitol are
considered toxic. Ethylene glycol is a suspected bladder carcinogen.
The FDA cautions manufacturers that glycols may cause adverse reactions
in users. They have been shown to be carcinogenic, mutagenic, and toxic.
After parabens, this is the second most commonly used preservative in
cosmetics. It is colorless, tasteless and odorless. Used in powders,
baby shampoo, bath oils, colognes, eye shadows, blushes, hair tonics,
lotions. Causes dermatitis. If heated to higher temperatures it produces
Lauric Acid derived mostly from coconut oil and laurel oil, and used as
a base for soaps, detergents, and laurel alcohol because of their
foaming properties. Nitrosamines can form in all cosmetic ingredients
containing amines and amino derivatives with nitrogen compounds and
nitrosamines are known carcinogens.
Methyl Chloroisothiazolinine: Carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
Petroleum by-product that coats the skin similar to plastic wrap,
clogging the pores. Interferes with skin’s ability to eliminate toxins,
promoting acne and other disorders. Slows down skin function and cell
development, resulting in premature aging.
Paba (p-aminobenzoic acid):
It is a water-soluble vitamin found in B complex. It is widely used in
sunscreen lotions but can cause photo-sensitivity and contact dermatitis
and allergic eczema.
Trademark for butyl, ethyl, germa, methyl, propyl paraben. Causes
dermatitis and allergic reactions. It is the most common preservative
used in a variety of personal care products especially cream &
lotion. Petroleum based.
PEG (4-200): Abbreviation
for polyethylene glycol, polyoxethylene, polygocol, polyether glycol. A
manufacturing by-product. Dangerous levels of the toxin dioxane has
been found in this product. Many allergic reactions, as well as hives
and eczema are known to occur from these synthetic plant glycols...
It is the most common moisture-carrying vehicle other than water that
is used. Found in most shampoo and conditioners, even foodstuffs such as
cakes & muffins. Derived from petroleum products. Also used in
anti-freeze, de-icer, latex, paint, and laundry detergent. It can cause
irritation of nasal and respiratory passages and if ingested, can cause
nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is documented to cause liver
abnormalities and kidney damage. Research also shows it is mutagenic,
and a contributor to cardiac arrest. Japanese studies show it damages
cell DNA (genetic code). Strongly degreases and dries the skin.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Used mainly in shampoo and conditioners. Causes skin irritation and dermatitis. Has ether added and is toxic.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: An
ingredient in 90% of commercially available shampoo and conditioner.
Corrodes hair follicle and impedes hair growth. Is found in car wash
soap, engine degreaser, toothpaste, cream, lotion, and garage floor
cleaners. Penetrates your eyes, brain, liver kidneys and remains there
for long-term. Degenerates cell membranes and can change the genetic
information (mutagenic) in cells and damage the immune system. May cause
blindness and lead to cataracts. Eyes cannot heal properly. Retards the
eye healing process. Studies also show that these additives react with
the ingredients of food supplements or cosmetics, to form carcinogenic
nitrates and dioxin. All of this may enter the circulatory system with
each shampooing or each oral ingestion. The end result being that these
harmful ingredients can be retained in the liver, heart, eyes, kidneys
and muscles for several years after being used. It is further reported
to cause eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff and allergic
Sodium Cyanide: Carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions.
Sodium Hydroxide: This
is a poison (caustic lye) found in drain cleaners and tooth paste. The
warning label on sodium hydroxide products reads “POISON, May be fatal
or cause permanent damage if swallowed. May cause blindness. Avoid
contact with skin, eyes, mouth and clothing.”
Sodium Oleth Sulfate: May contain dangerous levels of ethylene oxide and/or dioxane, both potent toxins.
Styrene Monomer: Carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic and causes adverse reactions. May be irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes.
Stearamidopropyl Tetrasodium EDTA:
Nitrosamines can form in all cosmetic ingredients containing amines and
amino derivatives with nitrogen compounds. Nitrosamines are known
is derived in powder form from the mineral magnesium silicate. It can
be hazardous to one’s health, and is toxic with prolonged inhalation.
Some talc found to contain amphibole particle distribution typical to
asbestos, which is cancer causing and a known lung irritant.
from petroleum, it is used as a solvent in cosmetics, especially nail
polish and dyes. It resembles benzene, and if ingested may cause mild
anemia, liver damage, irritate the skin and respiratory tract. Also in
pharmaceuticals and gasoline as a blending agent.
Can cause severe facial dermatitis, irritation and sensitivity. Used as
ph adjuster. Reacts with stearic acid to form oil in water emulsions,
typically lotions. May contain nitrosamines, known carcinogens. Its main
toxic effect in animals is due to its over-alkalinity. It is used as a
coating agent for fruits and vegetables.
Synthetic “antibacterial” with a chemical structure similar to Agent
Orange, is used in antibacterial cleansers, tooth pastes, baby and
household products! The EPA registers Triclosan as a pesticide, giving
it high scores as a risk to human health and the environment. It is in a
class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer in humans. Hormone
disruptors can change genetic material, decrease fertility and sexual
function and foster birth defects. Internally, it can lead to cold
sweats, circulatory collapse and convulsions. Stored in the body fat, it
can accumulate to toxic levels, damaging the liver, kidneys and lungs
and can cause paralysis, brain hemorrhages and heart problems. Tufts
University, School of Medicine says Triclosan can force the emergence of
“super bugs” that it cannot kill. With a half live of 500 years and a
toxicity level of one part per trillion (one drop in 300 Olympic sized
swimming pools), Triclosan may be a contributory factor to the sterility
of future generations.