Cosmetic products are made from various ingredients that are majorly given chemicals. These cosmetic products are largely used by women for the purpose of beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance. Some of the cosmetic products that are widely used by women include moisturizers, perfumes, lipsticks, fingernail polishes, eye and facial makeup, shampoos, permanent waves, hair colors, toothpastes, and deodorants. These cosmetic are part of our lives. not only women use cosmetic products, men too have their choice and preferences when it comes to the use of these cosmetic products after all we all have skins to take care of so if you find a man using some moisturizing lotion on his skin, it should not be a surprise to you.
Most if not all of the cosmetics have to be tested by various bodies to ensure that they are safe to be used on human beings. One of the bodies that test these cosmetics for safety before approving them is the food and Drug Act (FDA). however FDA may not be able to test all the cosmetic products that are produced locally in different countries and every country has its own body that does this, however these bodies may not be able to effectively give us reliable when it comes to which cosmetic products are safe and which ones are not, they are mostly manipulate by the governments who may at times become part of business that deal in these cosmetics hence making it difficult to get safety information from these bodies; this is true, we live in a man eat man society where brains are obsessed by pursuit of supernormal profits even if it costs lives. The truth however is bitter, some of the chemicals that are used in these cosmetics as ingredients are very toxic and can cause various cancers. Establishing this link has however been difficult due to the fact that most cosmetics are made from a cocktail of chemicals and not necessarily one chemical, another reason why it hasn’t been easy to be certain that cosmetics may cause cancer is that many products and ingredients have not been tested thoroughly. Even when ingredients in cosmetics have been tested, the results may not always be simple as always illustrated in the tests as the way chemical reacts in labs isn’t the same ways they will when absorbed. Though some ingredients are known to be dangerous in high concentrations, the amounts that are used in making of these cosmetics may be lower than the dangerous limits, hence may not reflect on what is found in studies. Also the way the ingredient is used in a cosmetic may be different from how it was used in the tests. Most tests have also failed to show which chemicals are absorbed in the body and how this happens therefore it hasn’t been easy to establish the link between cosmetics and breast cancer. However there are some ingredients that have been used in cosmetics that for a long time have been speculated as capable of causing breast cancer among other cancers. These chemicals include the following;
The most common forms of parabens includes; methylparaben, propylparaben, ethylparaben, and butylparaben. Parabens are chemicals commonly used as preservatives in many cosmetic products, including makeup, moisturizers, and hair care products, and shaving creams or gels. Parabens are commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics; however most of the known brands of antiperspirants and deodorants don’t contain parabens. Cosmetics that contain parabens may pose health threat as they penetrate the body and once in they mimic the activities of estrogen in the body. The parabens have the potential of turning on the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers. Parabens have been found in breast tissues of breast cancer patients and though this may not mean much, if the fact that it mimics estrogen hormone speaks volumes. We have always known that any chemical that causes disruption in the endocrine functions has a potential of causing cancer. However there is still lots of research that is needed to help us know the level of concentrations of estrogen is dangerous and can potentially cause breast cancer.
These are commonly used to hold color and reduce brittleness in nail polish and hair spray. Apart from their use in nail polish, phthalates are also commonly used as a component of many personal care and cleaning product fragrances. Just like the parabens the Phthalates are a hormone disruptor. Unlike parabens however they don’t tend to mimic the functions of estrogen but they cause hormonal imbalance especially those that interact with estrogen such as testosterone. For these reasons any phthalates compound has attracted speculation as a potential cause of breast cancer. If you may decide to stay away from these two ingredients of cosmetics, check on ingredients of cosmetics on stores just to be at safer grounds.
Generally, there might be other chemicals that are endocrine disruptors; these are considered dangerous as they can mimic the functions of estrogens which are known to cause breast cancer. There is however controversy on whether exposure to small amounts of chemicals that mimic estrogen can cause breast cancer. As an individual it is better safe than sorry, so do as much as you can to evade these endocrine disruptors as their effects are obvious. At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center we are committed to availing the best integrative approaches to treatment of cancer. Visit as at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where Dr. Dalal Akoury (MD) will be of help.