I was going through some research information that I had accumulated before going into business. Choosing the ingredients I wanted and didn’t to be in my natural skin care products while staying true to my family’s century old beauty recipes. I came across how formaldehyde was being used mostly as a preservative in skin care products. Some of your favorite big name brands use them. The Environment Working Group states, “89% of 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by the CIR, the FDA, or any other publicly accountable institution.” Per the FDA, “A cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from the FDA”.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, fragrance is the number one cause of allergic reactions in cosmetics. Preservatives used in skin care products ensure that the products do not become contaminated with bacteria; however, consumers should note the choice of preservatives, since many can have adverse effects. Parabens including methyl-, butyl-, ethyl-, and propyl-, often cause skin irritation.
Some preservatives release small amounts of formaldehyde, which the EPA classifies as a probable human carcinogen. Avoid the following ingredients, all of which contain formaldehyde, release formaldehyde, or break down into formaldehyde. Here they are.
1) Bronopol (often listed as 2-brono-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol) is a bacterial pesticide used in RV Tank chemical treatments. Basically Once you have dumped them, you need to flush your tanks and add more RV Holding Tank Chemical Treatments until the next time. The chemicals in these Chemical Treatments are generally designed to suppress or to kill bacterial growth. Chemicals, masking agents and deodorizer’s are often added to preserve holding tank waste water and chemically cover odors. Can you saw ewwww!!!!
2) Diazolidinyl Urea is a white powder and a preservative that prevents bacterial growth. It works by releasing small amounts of formaldehyde, a toxic and carcinogenic substance used to embalm dead bodies. Yuck! The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel considers Diazolidinyl Urea safe to be used in cosmetics up to a maximum concentration of 0.5%. In Europe, when the concentration of formaldehyde in the finished product exceeds 0.05%, the labels have to state “contains formaldehyde”. Diazolidinyl Urea can cause irritations and allergies. Would you buy this cosmetic product if it read contains formaldehyde? I think not.
3) DMDM Hydantion also known as formaldehyde and it’s trade name formalin, this one is in a lot of hand creams and lotions. Preservative that works by releasing formaldehyde into the product. Used in shampoos and cosmetics to prevent molds, mildews, and bacterial spoilage. It is a colorless gas with vapors that are extremely irritating to mucous membranes. Used in nail polish and hardeners, soap, cosmetics and hair growing products. Due to its bad name it is sometimes hidden under the name DMDM hydantoin or MDM hydantoin. It’s banned in Japan and Sweden but not the United States.
Testing of product ingredients is not only controlled by the manufacturers but is also voluntary. Not surprisingly then, many ingredients in cosmetics, skin care products, and other personal-care products are not tested for safety at all, and most have not been evaluated for safety by the FDA. This means that companies can market ingredients that are known to pose potentially serious health risks, including some found in moisturizers.
What you don’t know really can hurt you. Take the time and read the labels. Investigate the ingredients being used claiming to give you beautiful, soft skin.
– Felecia Scott