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      Can your makeup give you cancer?

      Makeup is something that makes women look beautiful and also imbues them with a sense of confidence and happiness. However, the irony is that there lies an ugly truth behind some of the ingredients used in makeup. Some of them can cause cancer, here’s what you must watch out for on labels.


      Formaldehyde is a preservative which may be found in some cosmetics, baby lotions and hair products. It’s a known cancer-causing agent. The following ingredients are known to release formaldehyde - diazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15,DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol), 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane and hydroxymethylglycinate

      Certain hair products like hair-smoothers can have methylene glycol as an ingredient and this releases formaldehyde into the air when heated. Inhaled formaldehyde is also dangerous and has been linked with nose and lung cancer. This has been stated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


      Parabens are essentially chemicals that are added t cosmetics to preserve them and people have many times wondered if they are carcinogenic. They might be found on labels under a variety of names such as methyl-paraben, propyl-paraben, butyl-paraben and ethyl-paraben. These are used in makeup proudcts, moisturizers, shaving products and sunscreen. So far, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has not found any link between these and cancer but these may create a weak estrogen-like effect. 


      This is an ingredient that’s used in some lipsticks and nail polish. Research has shown it linked to cancer growth.


      Talc is a mineral that’s so familiar to us and has been used for years. This is a common ingredient in dry shampoos, baby powders, foundations and makeup powders. It has the capacity to absorb moisture and therefore is abundantly used in products for oily skin and hair types. The bad news is that even in its natural form, some talc powders have asbestos. Asbestos is known to be a carcinogen, or cancer-causing substance. 


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