If you wear or apply cosmetics, there are a few things of which you should be aware. In an extensive study, the University of California found those who make a living at beauty salons or give manicures and pedicures are four times more likely to develop cancerous tumors of the bone. The list of dangerous products includes shampoo, conditioner, hair color dyes,nail strengtheners and polishers, and various types of detergents.
More research shows an issue with talcum, facial cosmetics, and bath products.
Manufacturers have used harmful ingredients in makeup and lip products in order to make them stay in place for a longer period of time. Aluminum has been a common ingredient that has proven to be a major health issue.
Many cosmetics contain coal tar based dyes for color. This ingredient may add color, but they have also been known to cause symptoms as small as dermatitis and as harmful as skin melanomas.
People who use powders containing talcum should be concerned about where they use it. The first reports of this were made by Dr. Daniel Cramer back in 1982, after he found that those who use these kinds of powders to control wetness and odor in their genital areas are putting themselves at extremely higher risk of cancer of the ovaries.
Mascaras and contact lenses can be a problem as bacteria are drawn to them. The worst of these bacteria, called pseudomonas aeruginosa, resists treatment and can be transferred to the eyes when applicators poke the eyes or lens-wearers unknowingly place contaminated lenses into their eyes. This kind of bacteria can cause a person to become blind.
Bubble baths are a problem for those who are sensitive to the ingredients. Reactions to detergents used in them include rashes, respiratory problems, genital, and urinary infections.
For years, experts have believed that cosmetics are not a problem. This is due to the idea that our skin protects us from harm. However, the recent rise in popularity of transdermal patches proves that skin absorbs much more than previously thought.
Some cosmetic manufacturers do not bother to test their products over the long-term. In fact, a large number of them simply do not test their products as testing can be costly. Those who discover their own sensitivities to such products tend to quietly switch products without complaint.
Adverse Reactions to Early Cosmetics
We now know that face powders containing mercury or arsenic poisoned early Egyptians and Elizabethans. Cosmetics were not regulated and even now, they are not properly investigated before production and use. Over 80 years ago, a product used to darken lashes and eyebrows caused a woman to become blind. Lash Lure continued to be sold and in just a few months, a woman actually died after using it on just one of her eyes. Five years later, “Kormelu” was introduced as an safe and effective facial, arm, and leg hair remover. It actually contained rat poison that had already been exposed as causation for pain, paralyzed limbs, and hair loss.
If you do not know what is in your cosmetics, now would be a good time to look into it.