Cancer-Causing Chemicals Now Found in Baby Shampoo
More than half of the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care
products analyzed by a health advocacy group, the Campaign for Safe
Cosmetics, were found to contain trace amounts of chemicals that
are believed to cause cancer. Some of the biggest names on the market,
such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo, tested positive for 1,4-dioxane
or formaldehyde, or both.
which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has characterized
as probable carcinogens, are not intentionally added to the products,
and are not listed among ingredients on labels. Instead, they are
likely by-products of the manufacturing process. Formaldehyde is
created when other chemicals in the product break down over time,
and 1,4-dioxane is formed when foaming agents are combined with
ethylene oxide or similar petrochemicals.
Chemicals Are Children Exposed To?
In an average day, children are exposed to 61 chemicals in personal
care products, 27 of which have not been found safe for kids, according
to a survey by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). In fact, EWG
points out that 77 percent of the ingredients in 1,700 children's
products have never been assessed for safety.
The simple acts
of shampooing your baby's hair, giving them a bath and putting on
some lotion, several times a week or more, is exposing them to chemicals
that could very well harm their health. Even though they are likely
small exposures at each bath time, over time these exposures add
up and are a contributing factor to disease.
highlights just what types of toxic ingredients you may be slathering
on your child. They report:
- In an average
week, three-quarters of all children are exposed to allergens,
neurotoxins, and hormone-disrupting chemicals in their body care
products, in addition to the dozens of chemicals not assessed
for safety at all.
- Many children's
products contain harsh, industrial chemicals at odds with marketing
claims on product labels. Products marked as gentle, mild, natural,
or unscented routinely contain fragrance, synthetic and hazardous
ingredients, and chemicals that can cause allergic reactions or
irritate your child's eyes and skin.
It's bad enough
that personal care products intended for adults contain toxic ingredients,
but children are especially vulnerable. Their skin can be up to
30 percent thinner than an adult's, meaning they're able to absorb
more chemicals into their bodies. And the blood-brain barrier, which
helps keep dangerous chemicals from getting into your brain, is
not yet developed until a baby is 6 months old, meaning products
used before this time should be as pure and safe as possible.
Who is Responsible
for the Safety of Your Baby's Bath Products?
The personal care product industries worldwide are unregulated by
government and are essentially self-regulating. There are no requirements
for ingredients and product safety testing.
Instead, a panel
called the Cosmetic Ingredient Review goes over the safety of cosmetic
ingredients. Not only is this panel funded by the cosmetic industry,
but it has yet to review a major portion of cosmetic ingredients
that are already on the market.
So there is
absolutely NO government agency looking out for the safety of personal
care products for infants and adults. It is actually perfectly legal
and very common for companies to use ingredients that are known
or suspected to be carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins.
Should You Watch Out For?
If you want to avoid the formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane that were
detected in many baby products, you need to know what to look for
since they're not listed on the label, at least not in those words.
likely to contaminate products with formaldehyde include:
- DMDM hydantoin
To avoid 1,4-dioxane,
a by-product that could easily be removed if manufacturers chose
to do so, watch out for these ingredients:
- PEG-100 stearate
- Sodium laureth
Of course, this
is only a short list of the potentially dangerous chemicals out
what is the answer?
Take action by simply not buying main stream products that contain
these harmful ingredients. Transfer your spend to companies that
are producing safer alternatives and help make this world a safer
place. There are a few companies out there that offer safer alternatives,
but here at PureNewYou.com we offer Neways products. Neways International
produces what we consider the safest personal care products available
to consumers today. Over 20 years ago Neways founders set out to
eliminate suspected toxins and carcinogens in cosmetics, beauty
aids, and hygiene products.
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