Top 10 Toxic Chemicals in Skincare Products

Beware of the 10 Toxic Chemicals to avoid when shopping for

skincare products. Harmful to your Health and to the Environment.

From washing your face to applying serum,

our daily skincare routine involves many personal care products.

Many personal care products contain toxic chemicals not listed on labels and misrepresented under the names, "natural" and "fragrance".

Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers do not have to disclose the list of chemicals in the ingredients.


#1 BHA (butylated hydrooxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)

Preservations in hair products, makeup, sunscreen, deodorant, fragrances and creams.

Linked to hormone disruption and skin irritation.

#2 Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing agents

Used as hardeners in nail polishes.

Diazolindinyl urea and quaternium-15 used as preservatives in cosmetics and release formaldehyde.

Linked to cancer and skin sensitivity.

#3 NEP (N-Ethylpentedrone) and

NMP (N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone)

Used in synthetic eyelash and nail glues, nail polish removers and lotions.

Can cause skin, eye and lung irritation.

#4 Oxybenzone

Blocks ultraviolet light in sunscreens

Hormon disruptor and harmful to coral reefs and marine animals

#5 Parabens (methy-, butyl-, propyl-, ethyl-)

Preservations in cosmetics and personal care products.

Hormone disruptor.

#6 Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

ingredients with "fluoro" in name.

Found in personal care products and cosmetics.

Linked to cancer and extremely persistent in the environment.

#7 Pthalates

Helps fragrances linger on skin longer.

Hormone disruptors and toxic to reproduction and brain development.

#8 Siloxanes

Cyclomethicone, D4, D5 and D6

Silicone-based compounds used to moisten or prime skin and hair.

Can cause skin irritation and harmful to aquatic animals.

#9 Talc

Absorbent in pressed loose powders such as baby powder.

Linked to ovarian cancer if applied to genital area. Can be contaminated

with asbestos which is harmful to lungs if inhaled.

#10 Toluene

Used in nail polish to make the polish stick to nail.

Respiratory toxicant and may cause headaches, dizziness and irritation.

Caveat emptor: what you buy and what you put on your face and body.

Personal care products are washed down our sinks. Any present chemicals are recycled into our lakes, streams, rivers and oceans!

The chemicals BHA and BHT cause death in fish and shellfish.

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