Published on: 02/25/19
It’s an alarming thought, but the beauty products we put on our skin every day could be damaging us, inside and out!
An incredible 1300 substances have been banned from being used in cosmetics sold in the EU for being dangerous to human health. The US, unfortunately, hasn’t thought to follow suit.
And while those figures are enough to set alarm bells ringing, a number of studies conducted in recent years suggest that the restrictions are not without due cause.
So we thought we’d take a look at:
- What might cause hormonal imbalance
- What hormone imbalance does to our endocrine system
- What products and chemicals to look out for in beauty products
Much of the research coming out these days suggests that many of the chemicals found in our beauty products are linked to cancer, scarring, and damaging the reproductive system. But is there any evidence these beauty products could also be causing hormonal imbalances?
Well, apparently it does, and in a big way. So, before you head to the pharmacy to buy your next load of beauty bargains, let’s look out how these products may be affecting our bodies.
When we use topicals like creams, lotions or makeup, they inevitably permeate through all the layers of our skin before being absorbed into our bloodstream.
So, if the average American uses nine products on their bodies daily, what might happen when we use products that are loaded with chemicals, toxins, and artificial ingredients? Well, it would appear that the risk is both real and cumulative.
Yep, every time our skin absorbs these chemicals decadently packed into our beauty products, it creates changes in our bodies. This causes distress and abnormalities, impacting our endocrine system. What does our endocrine system have to do with hormonal imbalances?
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The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is made up of a group of glands that are responsible for just about all the major hormones in your body. These hormones help to maintain normal levels of crucial physiological functions which include:
- Fat storage
- Blood sugar
- Reproductive functions
- Energy production
Unfortunately, though, some of the chemicals found in our everyday beauty products fall under the banner of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s). And, yes, this is exactly what it sounds like.
Clearly, if those products contain toxins that are known to interfere with our endocrine system, it is likely that products with these ingredients could cause hormonal imbalances and whatever else.
Where Does the Proof Lie?
One study published in the Environment International found disturbing evidence to suggest that chemicals found in our everyday beauty products do indeed provoke hormonal imbalance.
Lead researcher of the study Dr. Anna Pollack said of their findings:
“We have early indicators that chemicals such as parabens* may increase estrogen levels. If this finding is confirmed by additional research, it could have implications for estrogen-dependent diseases such as breast cancer… we may need to be careful about the chemicals in the beauty and personal care products we use.”
The non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) shared their concern on the subject in the popular science magazine, Scientific American.
“Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity.”
Yet more research indicates that the influx of estrogen beyond normal levels found in food and natural environments can cause increased breast cell division as well as the growth of tumors.
And yes, while these chemicals can also be found in men's products, it is women that are more heavily marketed to and must be evermore vigilant.
Beware These Ingredients
Always check the labels and make sure you avoid anything with these ingredients.
These are the main players when it comes to chemicals that create a hormonal imbalance. These chemicals have been linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity, as well as cancer. They make up just one part of the list of banned substances European Union, however, they remain largely prevalent in products sold in the US and worldwide.
These potentially toxic chemicals are usually found in:
- Cosmetics with added pigment
- Perfumed lotions
- Body washes
- Hair care products
- Nail polish
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
These ingredients are typically found in:
- Hair products
- Body care products
These chemicals have been linked to several health concerns including endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity. When checking the label, make sure you give BHA and BHT, a wide berth.
Many products will list the word ‘fragrance’ on the label, but what does that actually mean?
While many products will list ‘fragrance’, far fewer will actually name the specific ingredients used to make up this vague ingredient. Some fragrance chemicals have been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and other sensitivities.
You will often see ‘fragrance’ appear on a long list of items including:
- Body + face wash & lotions
- Skin toner
- Exfoliating scrubs
While we are all responsible for what we put in and on our own bodies, it is clear that there is an urgent need for stronger regulations.
You can do your part by putting your money where your mouth is.
Stop buying products that include these ingredients. Demand organic and natural products. Write to your favorite beauty brand and tell them to stop putting profit over our health.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).