Benzalkonium chloride is used as a preservative in eye, ear, and nasal products, and as a disinfectant in household cleaners for floors and hard surfaces. It is also found in mouthwashes, hand and face washes and contact lense solutions. Repeated use of the ingredient at 0.02 percent in contact lens solutions was found to cause damage to the eye. A 2009 study found that the ingredient could also lead to increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics—one of our major problems in medicine today.
Found in antibacterial products such as hand sanitizers, deodorants and toothpaste, Tricolsan has received a huge amount of bad press for its potentially damaging side effects. Regular use in children can develop allergies and it has been linked to Thyroid and reproductive problems. 42 years of developed research by the FDA has shown that there are no advanced anti bacterial benefits in using Tricolsan. Manufacturers have already started to remove Tricolsan from their products.
DEA / TEA / MEA
Watch out for these ingredients on the back of your products! DEA related ingredients function as emulsifiers or foaming agents in cosmetics, or to adjust a product’s pH (acidity). Frequently found in shampoos, body washes and soaps. Prolonged use can put you at an increased risk of cancer cells, previous NTP studies have proven that cancer in laboratory animals has been as a result of residual levels of DEA in the system.
Parabens are used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics.They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive birth defects in males and females. A major loophole in the law is that the use of parabens are not disclosed on every product, watch out for that supposed ‘secret formula’. Parabens can be found in perfumes, hair sprays and deodrants.
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) / SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES)
SLS and SLES can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (creates all those bubbles in your bath and shampoo ) . SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like respiratory damage and kidney problems. They can be found in shampoo, body wash/cleanser, mascara and acne treatment.
This ingredient is a potent solvent able to dissolve paint and paint thinner, it is a petrol chemical derived from petroleum. It can affect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin. Expecting mothers should avoid inhaltion of toulune vapours. It can be found in nail polish, nail treatments and hair color/bleaching products.