Chemicals and preservatives in personal and skin care products put you at risk of cancer and other diseases

It is important to follow a proper skin care routine to avoid the appearance of acne, blackheads and other skin problems, and to just keep your body clean in general for which we rely on various products.

Chemicals and preservatives in personal and skin care products put you at risk of cancer and other diseases

Chemicals and preservatives in personal and skin care products put you at risk of cancer and other diseases  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: Our lifestyle and food choices have an impact on our weight, how we feel – active or lazy, and also considerably on our skin. The skin starts to break out, look dull or become too dry if we do not provide it with the right nutrition. The skin, however, is also affected by external factors like pollution and dirt. The skin on our face, especially, is very sensitive and needs proper care. It is important to follow a proper skin care routine to avoid the appearance of acne, blackheads and other skin problems.

While we rely on skin care products to clean our face from the external dirt, little do we realise that these products may, in fact, be harming our skin, even more. Some of these products are chemically-based, which is not the ideal way to go when it comes to the sensitive skin of the face, especially. The chemicals in these products may not only harm the skin but also increase the risk of certain fatal diseases like cancer. The fact that our mothers and grandmothers still recommend the use of natural products makes even more sense in that case. Here are 3 things that your skin care products may contain, which may be harming your skin all the more.

Parabens

Most people who are aware of or have done their research on skin care products will ask you to pick products that are “paraben-free”. Parabens are actually preservatives used in skin care products and cosmetics to prevent the growth of bacteria, moulds and yeast on them. However, while they sound pretty harmless, they are known to possess estrogen-like properties that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Parabens are absorbed in the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples for breast tumours. They are found in makeup, skin care products, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, etc.

Chemicals in your sunscreen

Sunscreens are really important, especially in the summer season as they help in protecting the skin against the heat of the sun and its harmful rays. However, some sunscreen products contain chemicals that can be harmful to the skin as well as the body. These chemicals are added to sunscreens to absorb ultraviolet light. However, these chemicals can be endocrine disruptors and are easily absorbed into the body. They can cause cellular damage and even cancer.

Sulfate

Two classes of the chemical – sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are found in more than 90 per cent of personal care products. These are known to be skin, lung and eye irritants. They can also react and combine with other chemicals, which makes them even more dangerous for the skin and the body. These chemicals are associated with respiratory and kidney damage. You must check the products you buy for these before investing in them.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.

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