Many women use cosmetics to enhance their beauty. However, not many know the chemicals in the cosmetics that could harm their health. Of the many different toxic chemicals in cosmetics, here are 3 types : carcinogens, formaldehyde and nitrosamines. Information below will show the effects of the chemicals on our human body through different kinds of usage of the chemicals other than the application of cosmetics.

It is a substance that could cause cancer in living tissues. They can be found in things such as cigarettes, deodorants, hair sprays and many other things we use in our everyday life. However, they only contain a very small amount of carcinogens in them.
Some examples of cosmetics that contain carcinogens are Talcum powder and foundations. Talcum powder is found in baby powders. It used for preventing diaper rash, as a deodorant, and for other cosmetic uses. However, some baby powder would have use corn starch instead of talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2]. Talc, the main ingredient, is a carcinogen that increases the risk of ovarian cancer. Certain cosmetics brand also contains carcinogens in their lipsticks, eye liner and nail polishes.

It is a colourless, flammable gas that is very often used in cosmetics. It a also a type of carcinogen. This gas causes sore throat, burning sensation in eyes, skin irritation, cough and nausea if there is too much breathed in. Formaldehyde help protect cosmetic products against contamination by bacteria during storage and during continuous usage. It is also found in products such as plywood, glues, adhesives, certain insulation materials and cigarette smoke. Prolonged exposure to formaldehyde can cause leukemia and pneumonia.

This chemical compound is used to manufacture some cosmetics, pesticides and most rubber products. It is also found in processed meat. They are carcinogenic compounds that increases risk of gastric or pancreatic, stomach and colon cancers, diabetes, fatty liver disease and obesity. They are also related to Alzheimer’s disease (progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to degeneration of the brain) and Parkinson’s disease (a progressive disease of the nervous system). Apart from the harm that nitrosamines could bring to us, there are also benefits. Nitrosamines enhances cardio circulation which improves our circulatory system.


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